Thursday, October 15, 2009

Health Care Reform: A Deadly Plan to Change the Voting Demographic.

Since the first rumblings of health care reform began early in the new year, with the release of Obama's proposed budget which included an allotment of funds for health care reform, I have been waiting for the charges that health care reform is out to kill the older voters who trended toward voting for McCain.

Much has been made of the nation's demographics in relation to tea baggers and their compatriots. The shrinking of the Republican party, which has, for all practical purposes reduced it to a party representing the South, has revealed a stark generational divide in the country. Yes, ideas of Obama ushering in power for the "culture of death" and other outlandish accusations have been common, most notably "pro-life" groups have shouted about the abortion holocaust, "death panels," and Obama's support for euthanasia.

Yet few have tied health care reform and such hyperbole directly to an all-out effort by Democrats to use systemic killing as a means of changing the voter demographic, at least not that I have seen. SultanKnish makes the little leap:

Obama's strongest base of support was among voters age 18 to 29, which is a fancy way of saying voters who didn't have enough experience with lying politicians to know better and were easily awed by stadium rallies, social media and stylized posters. Over 30 it was already a dead heat, and over 50 the voters trended McCain's way. And 2008 only worked because of a large youth vote turnout, a demographic that traditionally doesn't do big voter turnouts. To win in 2012, Obama must either maintain that level of youth turnout or somehow reduce the voter turnout by senior citizens. A tricky problem either way, one that nationalized health care is meant to solve.

To his limited credit, SultanKnish also points to segregation and redistricting as other means of voter suppression. This, however, a plan to kill off the oldest - and most conservative - voters in the country, is a devious explanation. One that spins logic on it's head.

Health care reform will of course most benefit the elderly, the sick, the disabled, the poor, the young and the terminally ill. It defies logic, fact, and eventuality. And I expect it will be more prevalent in right-wing rhetoric as the weeks carry on.

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Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

My younger brother Jeff is the shame of the Degan family. He not only lives in France, he actually likes it there. He has a French wife and two gorgeous little French daughters. Honestly I think the guy is a closet commie. Back in August, in a letter to his fellow countrymen and women regarding health care, he ended it by saying:

"In short, in the US, you pay more, get less, and die younger than we do in Europe. What part of that don't you understand?"

Well, hey there! That's a danged good question! What part of that don't we understand? Why is it that so many of us have to be dragged, kicking and screaming like half-witted little preschoolers, into the brave new world of change? What the hell is the matter with us anyway? How can it be that such a huge number of Americans cheerfully join movements of mass stupidity and salivate on cue to the sound of Dr. Glenn "Pavlov" Beck's bell? It kind of makes you wonder, huh?

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

October 16, 2009 at 6:41 AM  

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