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MediaMatters continues press and "progressive" #singlepayer news blackout

In correcting a Republican falsehood, MediaMatters reproduces another falsehood:

The Associated Press uncritically reported Rep. Sue Myrick's (R-NC) attacks on health care reform, including her false comparison of Democratic reform proposals to the health care systems in Canada and the United Kingdom and her claim that a study by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) "found that the health care tax increases being proposed would lead to the elimination of more than 1.6 million jobs." In fact, Democrats are not considering a single-payer or socialized health care system, and the NFIB study Myrick cited examined a "hypothetical" policy, not the provisions of the actual bills under consideration.

So, John Conyers, Anthony Weiner, and the co-sponsors of HR676 aren't Democrats??

The press, the administration, the lobbyists, most of Versailles, and the A list would like you to believe that single payer advocates don't exist, but we expect better of Media Matters.

Confusing the party leadership with the party, and the party with the voters, is a mindset for authoritarian followers, not for liberals.

NOTE Avedon comments:

The sad thing is that the Republicans are accusing Democrats of doing what they should be doing, but aren't.

Actually, I think turning single payer advocates into un-newsworthy unpersons is even sadder. I'm hoping and guessing this is just carelessness on MM's part, and not a thumb on the scales.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

seriously, or leave a comment over there. they're pretty good folks, i can see them issuing a correction or clarification.

otoh, really, they aren't wrong. the single payer bills will perhaps get voted upon, but most democrats will not and are not taking them seriously.

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Submitted by mass on

It's sad that MM is actually defending Democrats for not trying to pass single payer. It may be correct, but how utterly sad.