7/28/2009

Democrats require that Texas Congressman must say "public option" instead of "government-run" health care

This is why you don't want government to fund things. From CNS:

Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) made public last week an e-mail from the Franking Commission -- a bipartisan panel that oversees messages from lawmakers -- asking him to change the phrase “government run” health care to "public option."

The term was part of an audio message recorded by Carter’s staff for a town hall event on health care. The message said: “The House Democrats unveiled a government-run health care plan.”

The Franking Commission, which is authorized by law to oversee mail and other communications between members of Congress and their constituents that is paid for with federal funds, sent an e-mail to Carter's staff requesting that the wording in the message be changed.

“I received the script back from the majority, and there are a couple of changes that need to be made to make it compliant,” the Franking Commission e-mail said. “In the first paragraph (answering machine message, automatic connection) change ‘House Democrats unveiled a government run health care plan’ to either ‘the house majority (sic) unveiled a public option health care plan’ or ‘Just this past week the House majority (sic) unveiled a health care plan which I believe will cost taxpayers ….’”

“Change this on both scripts and send it back to me,” the e-mail concluded.

Carter unveiled the e-mail at a press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday. At the same conference, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said his colorful chart on “Obamacare” – which was voted into the record on the floor of the House earlier this month – was rejected by the Franking Commission for use in his communications with constituents.

“Now, why can’t I say what I feel about a plan that I’m being asked to vote upon, that has been debated on the floor of the House on multiple occasions, where multiple numbers of people have used the term ‘government run health care plan?’” Carter asked at the press conference last week.

“In fact, I would submit to you, when you look at this chart, how could you not say it’s a government-run health care plan?" he said.

“Why does the Franking Commission have the right to prevent me from freely speaking what I think my folks back home ought to hear and instead tell me I have to speak what the president said last night?” Carter said, referring to President Barack Obama’s televised press conference at the White House last Wednesday. . . .

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2 Comments:

Blogger Harry Schell said...

Orwell was right.

The corruption of language to suit the need of the moment (remember "is"?) is indeed the basest of deceptions.

It plays on the ignorant, the insensitive, who miss the subtext underlying the nice words they think they hear.

Obama was reputed (I think he still gets the Kewpie doll, currently) during his campaign of being the best at saying nothing and making people feel good. The shift in his approval rating among independents might bear this out. Now that they see what the man is...barf. And people watching him on TV...ouch.

This really indicts the Dems and their plan. If they were forthright, it would fail. So they want to play word games, fiddle the franking privileges.

And that great mind John Conyers giggles about reading the whole bill before casting his vote.

Clearly, something is drasticly wrong with the plan to nationalize healthcare in the US, well, a number of things.

That some politicians want to sell it by wordsmithing says deceit is a fair tactic, and what is promised is not what will happen.

The last brings up the question of who will benefit from nationalization? If not the patients and taxpayers, then who?

You might start with Andy Stern, who runs SEIU. CA is being run for the benefit of public employee unions and politicians, who think they will get all the money they want as they want.

Andy's pension is funded way higher than the rank and file SEIU member, just as Congress has funded itself with a "gold-plated" pension and medical retirement plan far better than anything the commoners they so profess to love could dream of.

Who benefits from this "reform" of healthcare?

It ain't you or me.

Are you happy about that?

7/28/2009 9:51 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

they're just going to quibble and nit-pick until after the bill passes.

Can't the GOP just pay the freaking postage? I'd pitch in for that.

7/28/2009 11:20 PM  

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