Monday, October 7, 2013

Health Care Reform Succeeding Despite Massive Financial Opposition

Hundreds of Millions of $ Spent to Deny Americans Health Care

The intensity, both politically and financially of those who oppose health care reform has surprised many of us.  It not as though the opposition to health care reform was unknown, but the pure unabated hatred that the opponents have was just not realized, in part because it is so irrational.

It turns out that the opposition is small in terms of numbers, but huge in terms of dollars and commitment.

The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been deeply involved with financing the overall effort. A group linked to the Kochs, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, disbursed more than $200 million last year to nonprofit organizations involved in the fight. Included was $5 million to Generation Opportunity, which created a buzz last month with an Internet advertisement showing a menacing Uncle Sam figure popping up between a woman’s legs during a gynecological exam.

So the fact that a number of Americans do not like the law is not surprising.  What is surprising is that the support for the law, and the opposition to shutting down the government to defund the law is as high as it is, given the financial onslaught that opponents have mounted. 

And morally, the opponents of health care reform are losing badly.  Their goal is to deny health insurance to people.

But conservatives are finding that with relatively small advertising buys, they can make a splash. Generation Opportunity, the youth-oriented outfit behind the “Creepy Uncle Sam” ads, is spending $750,000 on that effort, aimed at dissuading young people — a cohort critical to the success of the health care overhaul — from signing up for insurance under the new law.

Wow, dissuading people from signing up for low cost health insurance.  What a despicable cause, but totally expected from despicable people.  And if one were to investigate to determine what percentage of the people opposed to the law had employer or government funded/provided health insurance what would one find?  Don’t know, but 100% is the most likely answer.

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