First let me re-state again that I don’t think the government should be getting in the health care business. Putting any Constitutional questions aside, the old saying involving screwing up a wet dream comes to mind whenever “large social program” and “government run” are used in the same sentence. With that being said, once the Democrats decided to work to get health care reform done, the conspiracy theories started coming out of the woodwork from all directions in an attempt to derail it.
The first real whopper came from our favorite dingbat Sarah Palin’s Facebook page. It intimated that Obamacare (I really hate that term) would form government run death panels whose sole purpose would be to choose whether grandma or grandpa would get the lifesaving treatments they needed. Of course that wasn’t true nor did she criticize the current state of health care were insurance companies already have that job but you get the idea.
The latest conspiracy theory involves the always controversial subject of abortion and Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak’s attempt to ensure that any government run heath care package not include paying for the procedure. You would expect that the possibility of any pro-lifer’s tax dollars being used to fund abortions would understandably be a deal breaker for them and in an effort to make sure that everyone else would be against it as well, they took statements from Stupak himself and twisted them into their latest conspiracy.
According to some, the real reason the Democrats don’t want to add the Stupak amendment to any heath care reform package has nothing to do with the fact that abortion is a legal and often medically necessary procedure but is something else altogether. These folks want you to believe that the reason Democrats really don’t want to ban abortion funding is because abortions are a cheaper option than forcing someone to carry to full term all these children that would subsequently be born with health issues. You know, the always popular procedure made (in)famous by the Nazi’s, Eugenics.
In order to be effective, a policy of using abortion as a cost-cutting measure would have to aim at preventing the birth of babies with such pre-existing conditions. The goal would be not a reduction in the number of babies, but an “improvement” in the “quality” (narrowly defined in economic terms) of the babies who are born. This is known as eugenics.
Wow, who would who would have known that all the “Obama is a Nazi” rhetoric was so true and that Roe v. Wade decision was actually an attempt by the radical left wing Supreme Court to kill off all the undesirables? Where is Jesse Ventura when you need him?
UPDATE: Just an aside to this. Nothing in the Senate version of the healthcare bill would allow for federally funded abortions other than those limited cases currently allowed by the Hyde Amendment but of course very few people are mentioning this especially among those playing the eugenics card.
(As always, a tip of the hat to Dakota Voice for
providing me with all the wingnut news fit to print exposing this latest pernicious lie)