We all know that those crazy whackjobs that believe that government-run healthcare will result in rationing and then so-called "death panels" will have to choose who lives or dies are completely insane and not even worth listening to, like Sarah Palin. I mean, these "deathers" just need to be completely dismissed because of the unbelievable paranoia of these nutjobs, right?
Take former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich. I know, he seemed like a good, normal, common-sense Democrat for most of his life. A real progressive and visionary. Made a lot of sense. But then, he suddenly lost his mind and became a "deather", out of nowhere! Completely out of the blue. He threw in with those "fearmongers", those "fanatical, looney conspiracy theorists" and started saying crazy things like the government was going to let old people die because their medical bills are too expensive. Can you believe that?
In a speech he gave in the right-wing stronghold of Berkeley, CA in 2007, he must have suddenly snapped in front of all those frothing, gun-toting extremists and he told them what a presidential candidate will never say--but should say--about healthcare policy. He said a candidate SHOULD say:
Thank you so much for coming this afternoon. I'm so glad to see you and I would like to be president. Let me tell you a few things on healthcare....
What I'm going to do is try to reorganize it to be more amenable to treating sick people but that means you, particularly you young healthy people, you're going to have to pay more...And by the way, we are going to have to, if you are very old, we are not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months because it's too expensive.
So we're going to let you die.
Ha "let you die"...that language isn't in the health care bill! Silly little Robert Reich. His transformation into a right-wing radical is complete. Now, we must dismiss him and his baseless conclusion that the government is going to "let" people die because he is quite clearly one of "them"--he is a deather.
Weird...he gave that speech in 2007, yet endorsed Obama in 2008...It must have been temporary insanity. He became an insane fascist deather for just a little while before he reverted back to good 'ol Robbie Reich and endorsed the right candidate, the one that is going to use the government to fix healthcare.
In fact, here's proof that he still supports the public option. See! The government isn't going to ration anything. Everything will be fine, just let the government take care of it all. Try not to think too hard.
Although, he hasn't come out and said his previous wild allegations were wrong...it's almost as if he's avoiding the issue. I mean, if a tape surfaced of me spouting crazy conspiracy theories that I no longer believe in, I'd want to refute it right away! Yet his blog is strangely silent on the issue...
You don't think...Nah, can't be. You don't think he still *gasp* BELIEVES that nonsense, do you?
Because if he did, then all those crazy teabaggers wouldn't be so crazy, would they?