Taking their cue from Rush Limbaugh, right-wing pundits have launched a massive misinformation campaign mischaracterizing the economic recovery package as a socialist government takeover of health care that would result in Big Brother watching over Americans’ shoulders:
MEGYN KELLY:This Coordinator is supposed to monitor your health treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what’s the Feds deem appropriate and cost effective. You can see the controversy over this.
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In fact, the position of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology already exists. It was established by George W. Bush in 2004. What’s more, the Wonk Room notes that far from monitoring doctors or requiring private physicians to abide by treatment protocol, the two provisions will reduce health care costs and improve the quality of health care treatments.
On his radio show today, Limbaugh crowed over the success of his misinformation campaign: “I found it. I detailed it for you and now it’s all over mainstream media.”