The national healthcare debate will again kick into high gear as Congress reconvenes in a week or so. Both sides have been accusing each other of lying about what Obamacare will entail. The Left’s argument is the standard ‘that is a lie/misrepresentation/myth’, and then they leave it there as if denials and counter-charges in and of themselves complete the argument. By necessity, the Right has taken its argument to higher ground, and refutes the promises of socialized medicine with reason and hard facts, which, if false, should give the Left devastating openings to win the debate. Since this has not occurred, one must conclude that the only ammunition left to the Left is liberal application of speed and fog to get Obamacare passed before more people begin to smell a rat.
As an example of this, please consider ‘Sorting Fact From Fiction on Health Care’ in the 31aug09 WSJ by Drs Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband, practicing physicians who are also on the Harvard Medical School faculty. Their piece addresses some of the egregious claims of Obamacare. One of them is the oft-repeated but never expanded myth that the US’s 37th place in the WHO rankings results from some undebatable clinical numbers. Not so, it is actually a number that comes from a formula containing a lot of subjective non-medical factors. As the authors go on to explain –