As the healthcare reform bill approaches the final stages, there is talk from Teabaggers and disenfranchised people of a civil war if the bill passes. If this were just one nut-job making noise, it would cause people to shake their heads in disbelief. But this is not one crazy person with an axe to grind, or a disgruntled employee who is angry with their boss.
These dangerous people are armed and motivated by rumors and innuendo that the government is taking over their healthcare, and they are ready to fight to preserve the status quo. They listen to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh whip them into a frenzy with talk of Communism, Marxism and Socialism as if the country is under direct attack from a hostile power. The governor of Texas, Rick Perry insinuates in speeches that secession is a viable option, and his supporters go wild at the thought of breaking away from the United States.
All this talk of armed conflict over a bill to reform the insurance industry’s unfair practices that cost American lives and bankrupts sick people is cause for concern. The sick part of this equation is that the people most likely to start shooting have no idea what the healthcare reform bill means or says. They hear rumors and fake news reports from commentators at Fox News, Teabagger leaders, and politicians who manipulate them for profit and political influence.
The healthcare bill will not replace their doctors, and does not involve a government takeover of healthcare. It deals with unfair practices of the insurance industry like using pre-existing conditions to refuse treatment even though premiums get paid on time. The bill will give tax breaks to small businesses with 50 employees or less, and most businesses in the United States are considered small businesses.
The bill allows parents to keep their children on their health insurance policy till age 26, and parents still have to pay, so the insurance companies will not lose anything. The bill also ends the practice of canceling a policy because of an illness.
The list goes on, and there is nothing to do with government takeover in the bill. Nothing at all, but the seditious Fox News commentators incite people to ‘take our country back’ and Glenn Beck maliciously accuses the Obama administration of turning America into a Marxist, Communist or Socialist country. This hateful lying over regulations on the insurance industry is the problem.
All this hatred and talk of Civil War over regulating health insurance companies for the good of the American people is ridiculous. Listening to protestors in Washington shouting they should storm the capital to prevent a vote is sickening and the instigators should face arrest. Inciting a riot is a crime. Sedition against the legally elected government is a crime, and a joke if these idiots were not arming themselves and talking about Civil War.
This health care reform bill has brought out the worst of America or as Sarah Palin says the ‘real America’ that threatens a Civil War if the Congress enacts insurance industry regulations and reform. Regardless the provisions in the Constitution guaranteeing the right to free speech, inciting a riot or threatening Civil War or gun violence goes too far.
There was no objection to Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, or his illegal invasion of Iraq, and no one threatened a Civil War or violence toward proponents of Bush’s policies. There are still people in Modesto that believe it is acceptable behavior to revolt if enough people join in the conflict, and their actions’ basis are lies about a public option and single-payer insurance that never made it into the reform bill. They are a perfect example of not understanding a public option and basing their opinion on faulty information because of their ignorance of the issues.
This behavior is a direct result of lies by Fox News, Teabagger leaders, and ignorant people who get their news from one source, and that source is culpable for any violence that may happen. Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, Republicans, and special interest groups have done everything in their power to spread lies and misinformation because they know their small-minded followers will suck right into the lies.
They are so convinced that Communists are taking over that they are ready to revolt, all the while claiming they want their country back. Well their country is not the United States because America is a country of laws, and just because you don’t like a law, you don’t threaten a Civil War or arm yourself to fight against insurance regulations unless you are an Anarchist. The people who threaten a Civil War over insurance regulations are a threat and danger to the country and it is time to hold the instigators responsible before there is an armed conflict against the government.