Adventures in Rhetoric


A new anti-health reform ad says reform is an attack on the so-called “greatest generation”:

The government — not doctors — will decide if older patients are worth the cost.

Leaving aside the unforgivable lie inherent in the ad — i.e., that health care reform equals government-enforced euthanasia — there’s the fact that doctors don’t decide today if older patients are worth the cost.

Greedy bastards Insurance companies make that decision, and they define “worth the cost” as “makes us richer.”

Except, of course, in the case of older patients who are old enough to be on Medicare, which is the second most popular government program in American history.



2 Responses to “Adventures in Rhetoric”

  1. Sandi Says:

    I know . . . my mother actually told me that my grandmother is concerned about this. I was like, are you serious that you actually believe that health care reform means that old people will be left to die? Really? It’s like all the anti-choice rhetoric about women aborting during the ninth month for no reason. If you’re going to argue your case, at least do it honestly. Because nobody making those arguments actually believes that anything so absurd is happening or going to happen. It’s just alarmist rhetoric to scare the bejesus out of people who are naive enough to believe conspiracy theories.

  2. urbino Says:

    It’s hard for me to settle on which aspect of all that is the most despicable.

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