Rejecting Healthcare Reform… “Astroturf Movement” or “Grassroots Movement”

Referring to the strong public turn out in opposition to the House of Representatives Healthcare Reform bill as “manufactured anger” orchestrated by right wing groups and the Republican party, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, “I hope people will take a jaundiced eye to what is clearly the Astroturf nature of grass-roots lobbying.” Gibbs went on to suggest the Republican Party is using operatives to make it appear as if the administration is encountering genuine outrage and anger over the president’s proposed health care reforms.

The incredible arrogance of this administration is unbelievable! Do they watch the news? Do they read the polls? Do they care what We the people, want? Apparently not. As Sen. Chuck Schumer, (D) N.Y., said he wants a bipartisan agreement, but if that proves impossible, “it is not going to stop us from moving forward with health care. We will have contingencies in place. Health reform is just too important to let this window pass by.”

In two separate well publicized incidents the crowds sentiment was crystal clear. Texas Democrat Rep. Lloyd Doggett, encountered an angry crowd in Austin, Texas, which chanted “just say no” to the Obama reforms. Sunday in Philadelphia Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Arlen Specter, (D) PA encountered a group which kept drowning them out with shouts and boos.

In addition to Gibbs comments, other high profile democrats have accused the republicans of staging these protests. Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist, said that the town hall protests are the product of “a well organized group of lobbyists who are paying people to go out. They’re renting organizers. The left has done it. Now they’re doing it, This little small band of protesters are trying to stop members [of Congress] from doing their jobs. They know they can’t win the debate so they want to shut down the conversation.”

Ms. Brazile said she did not have proof of influence from Washington interests but said that she had “seen this dance before.” Being a democrat strategist I have no doubt this is true – probably ACORN members hired by Obama to manufacture voters or new Black Panthers to scare people away from the poll.

Weighing in on the side of the protestors is Max Pappas, Vice President for Public Policy at FreedomWorks. He says the protests are nonpartisan and their is rooted in anger that began with the 2008, $700 billion bailout for banks and financial institutions by the Bush Administration.

 

“People are saying, ‘Whoa, somebody’s going to have to pay for this and that somebody is going to be us,'” Mr. Pappas said.

“We know about grassroots and you can’t artificially generate this much outrage at this many town halls across the country,” he said. “It’s very real and the left is calling it phony at their own peril.”

Recent polls show a decline in public support for the president’s preferred approach to health care reform, which includes a government-run insurance option and coverage for all Americans. Americans are growing increasingly concerned about the cost of these reforms. The Republicans are gaining ground with the message that a government option will create unfair competition for private insurers. There is also mounting fear about the government’s in decisions about care.

Yet despite calls from the public for the President to stop trying to ram his program through, the President and his team continue to push ahead. Apparently undeterred by the calls from the people for more debate and discussion. Obviously, they feel they know what is best for us and they don’t care what we want.

Here is the really sad part – we are going to turn the best the healthcare system in the world into a second rate one to insure an additional 10MM people. That’s right I said 10MM people! But wait, the number usually tossed around is 46MM. True, but that number includes 11MM illegal aliens, 10MM who are financially able to afford insurance but elect to go without, 16MM already covered by Medicare and another 10MM young people who chose not to have it because they are playing the odds that they are healthy enough not to need it. That leaves the 10MM of those who truly need help. There are many less expensive ways to deal with this relatively small group.

As a Co-Chair of the St. Paul Tax Day Tea Party, I saw first hand the passion of those that attended our rally which drew over 7,000 people (even though some media outlets reported half that number). There is real unhappiness with the out of control spending and the general arrogance of the administration.

If you are like me and you believe America is a great country, it is a great place to live and you want your children and their children to enjoy freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – Then WAKE UP, GET INVOLVED and START FIGHTING BACK before it is too late. The Congress is in recess, USE THIS TIME – EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES tell them you want to keep your healthcare, that you don’t want anymore money spent on bailouts, the only tax changes you want are cuts – for individuals and businesses. Enough is enough!

 

“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” — James Madison

 

One response to “Rejecting Healthcare Reform… “Astroturf Movement” or “Grassroots Movement”

  1. Texans for America First

    Slick, aren’t they? They accuse the people of America of doing what they, themselves, do whenever somebody disagrees with their grand plans. It figures that the “community organizers” of all time would use this tactic to try to discredit the citizens who want to control their own lives. As for the “snitch” idea…this is nothing new to facists…Question is, what will they do with these names when they get them?

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