If conservatives have real arguments against health care reform, then why do they have to lie about it so much?
Bill Kristol on the Daily Show:
“One reason the price of health care is going up so fast is because of government programs. The price of Medicare and Medicaid have gone up faster than private insurance. That’s well-documented.”
Ezra Klein corrects him (with supporting evidence):
It is true that the growth rates of Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance are well-documented. But the documentation shows the opposite of what Bill Kristol says it shows. The price of Medicare and Medicaid have gone up much more slowly than private insurance.
Obama has said that he would favor a British-style “single payer” system in which the government owns the hospitals and the doctors are salaried but that he recognizes that such a shift would be too disruptive to the health-care industry.
Obama has never said that he favors a British-style health care system. Britain does not have a single-payer system. It has a socialized system, where the government directly employs all health care providers. Indeed, if you follow the link in Feldstein’s own column, it says, “A single-payer system would eliminate private insurance companies and put a Medicare-like system into place where the government pays all health-care bills with tax dollars.” Does Medicare own hospitals and pay doctors government salaries? No. Professor Feldstein, please stop writing about topics you know nothing about.
It’s no coincidence that Feldstein and Kristol both publish regularly on the Washington Post opinion page.
I can’t think of anything that troubles me more than the fact that there is no consequence, no correction for outrageous lies and that our most prestigious media outlets sanction these lies. It’s hard for me to see how this all ends well for American civilization.