Stop Making Things Up
by D. M. Manes
Friday, September 11, 2009 at 12:49 PM EDT
Palin was one of the ones to coin the phrase â€œdeath panelsâ€ when absurdly caricaturing the end-of-life counseling option available under proposed health care reform legislation. Palin made her comments in a Facebook note and she was widely criticized for fear mongering. CNN reports that Palin has reiterated her debunked death panel claims.
In a Wall Street Journal editorial, Palin attacks president Obamaâ€™s approach to health care. Among other things, palin summarizes her own rationale for using the death panel phrase, admitting that â€œestablishment voices [non-ignorant people] dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans.â€
Her article is representative of the public opposition to health care reform in several significant ways:
I have heard good alternatives to Obamaâ€™s approach articulated by several individuals. (By and large, their approaches are not mutually exclusive with the presidentâ€™s, and should not be seen as a reason to oppose his). There are some reasonable people out there. It is a shame that the public dialog has been so intellectually one-sided because the most public of the public opposition includes idiots like Palin and the town hall screamers.
Even if they canâ€™t change all of those items listed above, it would be nice if people like Sarah Palin would stop making things up.
This article originally appeared on Political Cartel.