Notwithstanding my dislike of the “political terrorists” line of attack against health reform opponents, it really is worth emphasizing the extent to which the opposition rhetoric is being dominated by grossly irresponsible slanders.
Brian Beutler points out this video of a speaker at an Americans for Prosperity rally comparing health reform to the Holocaust:
Patients First is a project of Americans for Prosperity–one of the key conservative interests groups helping to organize the town hall protests we’ve been covering. The speaker repeats the debunked conservative canard that Democratic health care reform will mandate physician assisted suicide. “Adolf Hitler issued six million end of life orders–he called his program the final solution. I kind of wonder what we’re going to call ours.”
And after comparing Democratic health care reform efforts to the murderous regimes of Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot, the speaker advises his audience to “go to offices of members of Congress and put the fear of god in them.”
And this is more than just an overblown analogy; the right is seriously trying to convince people that Barack Obama will be euthanizing their grandparents. It’s a vile smear and it’s antithetical to having any sort of real conversation about health care. It’s also, intellectually speaking, totally nuts.
The right’s position amounts to “if the government guaranteed the provision of health care to everyone, cost considerations would force it to draw some limits around what it’s prepared to provide, therefore to avoid ‘rationing’ it should provide nothing.” Nevermind that a ration of no health care at all is the worst possible ration.