Shark-Fu muses on a health care reform town hall meeting in the Show-Me State:
A lot of people in attendance weren’t Obama or McCaskill supporters before healthcare reform. This wasn’t about McCaskill losing support…it was about people who did not support her, do not support her and will not support her telling her why they did not support her, do not support her and will not support her.
A lot of the folks in attendance were confused. President Obama was portrayed on signs and pamphlets as some sort of Nazi, socialist, foreign born, communist, Muslim, euthanasia enthusiast, fascist who wants to tyrannically impose new environmental standards to perpetuate the dangerous myth of global warming all the while teaching the wee little babies about birth control in pre-school and plotting to knock off Grandma.
These people seem to be scared shitless by the Obama presidency.
Many of them are on Medicare…like Medicare…don’t want to see Medicare go away, but are opposed to government healthcare coverage options.
Still others are for tort reform instead of healthcare reform…seemed surprised that Missouri and other states have already done some serious tort reform…were even more surprised that the tort reform they called for did not result in a lowering of healthcare costs…and then settled back on their allegation that healthcare reform is fascist and supporters want to knock off Grandma.
(Also, Melissa Harris-Lacewell discussed the racism at the heart of the anger at the town halls, last night on ‘Countdown.’ Also, also? Olbermann quotes an e-mail that Ta-Nehisi posted at his spot.)
The thing that is frustrating me — even if I am feeding into it — is that these nutters are distracting us from the fact that children are literally dying because of a lack of basic health care.
[H/T: Dr. Bitch’s Twitter]