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Pelosi, Hoyer Hypocrisy Alert: “Drowning Out Opposing View Is Un-American”

Aug 10, 2009 15 Comments ›› Erik Wong


USA Today:

Americans have been waiting for nearly a century for quality, affordable health care.

Health coverage for all was on the national agenda as early as 1912, thanks to Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose presidential run. Months after World War II came to an end in 1945, President Harry Truman called on Congress to guarantee all Americans the “right to adequate medical care and protection from the economic fears of sickness.” From President Lyndon Johnson to President Bill Clinton, to President Obama’s winning campaign on the promise of reform, there hasn’t been a more debated domestic issue than the promise of affordable health care for all.

We believe it is healthy for such a historic effort to be subject to so much scrutiny and debate. The failure of past attempts is a reminder that health insurance reform is a defining moment in our nation’s history — it is well worth the time it takes to get it right. We are confident that we will get this right.

Already, three House committees have passed this critical legislation and over August, the two of us will work closely with those three committees to produce one strong piece of legislation that the House will approve in September.

In the meantime, as members of Congress spend time at home during August, they are talking with their constituents about reform. The dialogue between elected representatives and constituents is at the heart of our democracy and plays an integral role in assuring that the legislation we write reflects the genuine needs and concerns of the people we represent.

However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue. These tactics have included hanging in effigy one Democratic member of Congress in Maryland and protesters holding a sign displaying a tombstone with the name of another congressman in Texas, where protesters also shouted “Just say no!” drowning out those who wanted to hold a substantive discussion.

Let the facts be heard

These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.

Health care is complex. It touches every American life. It drives our economy. People must be allowed to learn the facts.

The first fact is that health insurance reform will mean more patient choice. It will allow every American who likes his or her current plan to keep it. And it will free doctors and patients to make the health decisions that make the most sense, not the most profits for insurance companies.

Reform will mean stability and peace of mind for the middle class. Never again will medical bills drive Americans into bankruptcy; never again will Americans be in danger of losing coverage if they lose their jobs or if they become sick; never again will insurance companies be allowed to deny patients coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

Lower costs, better care

Reform will mean affordable coverage for all Americans. Our plan’s cost-lowering measures include a public health insurance option to bring competitive pressure to bear on rapidly consolidating private insurers, research on health outcomes to better inform the decisions of patients and doctors, and electronic medical records to help doctors save money by working together. For seniors, the plan closes the notorious Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” that denies drug coverage to those with between $2,700 and $6,100 per year in prescriptions.

Reform will also mean higher-quality care by promoting preventive care so health problems can be addressed before they become crises. This, too, will save money. We’ll be a much healthier country if all patients can receive regular checkups and tests, such as mammograms and diabetes exams, without paying a dime out-of-pocket.

This month, despite the disruptions, members of Congress will listen to their constituents back home and explain reform legislation. We are confident that our principles of affordable, quality health care will stand up to any and all critics.

Now — with Americans strongly supporting health insurance reform, with Congress reaching consensus on a plan, and with a president who ran and won on this specific promise of change — America is closer than ever to this century-deferred goal.

This fall, at long last, we must reach it.

  • http://www.yankeemom.com yankeemom

    Yep, just love how these people pontificate on a bill none of them have read.
    Nevermind, how out of touch they are with regular, hardworking people who like their America based on the Constitution.
    Not only is dissent no longer patriotic, but dayum, now we’re downright Un-American!!
    “These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves.”
    You betcha I’m afraid of “the facts”!

  • Steele

    We all know that Pelosi and Hoyer, and the other Dems that agree with them, are morons spreading their propaganda lies. However, its starting to be a concern that the Republicans along with others who are anti-ObamaCare in Congress, are not defending the right wing and those who agree with them. It does not seem that they are trying to even defend those who oppose ObamaCare. They are not even commenting on this issue. Perhaps it is time to even think about ousting them come next election time. For we, those who oppose this Socialist ObamaCare program have a voice, which doesn’t seem to be represented by those who we elected to their position. The only voice it seems, is the one that we, ourselves have.

    Just thoughts to ponder…..

  • PatriotofPast(Thomas)

    If you repeat a lie enough…
    It soon becomes the Truth.
    Obama knows this, he knows the attention span of Generation X is right up there with a Pissant passing wind.

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  • Tom in CO

    Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Isn’t that right, libs?

  • Carry On

    The Dems know the right wing better then we do. I was at a “Protest” last saturday with about 20 others with signs, ballons, and flags. The object of our love
    wouldn’t even show up. This guy will be reelected without any opposition. We must direct our energy on the seats that can be won, not the ones that have no or weak competition. Another two years of this crap will have us so far removed from our constitution it will take the big bang to correct it.

  • falconfixer

    You guys should read the comments over at the USA Today website, almost ALL of them are against Joker care, and mad as Hell at the Dems. There may be hope yet.

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  • frank

    With this election we can now see how the media has lied to us and manipulated us to advance the leftist agenda. What else have they lied to us about or hidden from us over the last 40 years ?

  • vivi libero o muori

    botox-whore pelosi, “i cant read a bill” Reid, and “Im too red to be black” Obama have no idea what being American is all about.

  • ODIN2008

    How about the Keyans birth records. Oh yea, and his college and tax return records. I f he is ever found out that he isn’t an American, everyone of his minions and he should be invited to a national neck tie party, :beer:

  • unkaglen

    Bring it on you little faggot,whinie,Marzists.. :gun:

  • unkaglen

    I think everyone is under-estimating the opposition to this bill and the rest of the destruction of our Country and our Constitution.These clowns had better be ready for what is headed their way…… :wink: :gun:

  • unkaglen

    oop’s- maybe Marzists fits better than Marxist,because I don’t see how these two can be from the same galaxy,much less the same planet as the typical hard working American.

  • copperpeony

    This is the mob disageeing with the Marzists: