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"Farewell to Health Care for America Now"

That sound you hear is me vomiting. Veterans of the single payer battle know why.

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Submitted by hipparchia on

lol! on the first pass, i read your headline as "farewell to healthcare for now."

y'know.... i almost feel kindly toward richard kirsch, what with his having incited career progressives to spend $10 or $20 million of their money only to prove that private health insurance really is a failure.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

Eddy Bernays would be proud.

This "news item" is downright grubby, but these non sequitur and counterfactual statements stood out:

"Still, too many issue campaigns and too many funders fail to fully grasp the respectful partnerships and movement-building essential to defeat corporate power (1) and right-wing politics. If we are to make the kind of transformational changes America and the world need, the politics HCAN pioneered, a sharply strategic national campaign built on empowering people(2) through organizations around the country, points the way."

(1) "defeat corporate power" - as in cementing private insurance companies as a monopoly provider of a product that Americans are mandated to buy? What "corporate power" has been "defeated" by this outfit's involvement in the ACA? What am I missing; please help me. If we agree that no corporate power was "defeated" by the ACA, all that's left to this outfit's "credit" is that it made "respectful partnerships" -- a phrase left undefined, but which I'll hazard might refer to that looting device known as "public-private-partnerships."

(2) "empowering people through organizations" -- what "people" have been "empowered" by the ACA? I'm not sure that forcing "people" to buy opaque, junk products from private insurers fits any definition of "empower." When you do something because you are forced to that is by definition a "lack of power" or "disempowerment." Can someone suggest a charitable interpretation of "people" being "empowered" by the ACA (other than the obvious -- navigators, creative class people, employees of crony IT contractors, employees of insurance companies)?

And once "empowering people" is shown to be meaningless, the whole sentence turns into a non sequitur -- "Transformational Change by Zero [what is left after stripping "empowering people" to it's real meaning]"

Has plain English been so thoroughly hijacked by government propagandists that this item can be published with no fear of blowback?

Submitted by lambert on

Has plain English been so thoroughly hijacked by government propagandists that this item can be published with no fear of blowback?

Yes.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

in this new hijacked English Usage if we substitute "Wellpoint" for "people" the "empower" section reads perfectly accurately! (Cf. your latest post on Flexian Liz Fowler and how we, the taxpayers and unterbussen, are helping to sustain and grow Wellpoint's share prices (and CEO salaries) via Medicaid.)