Aug. 12th, 2009

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From the Guardian:

The health debate in the US is taking an ugly turn with Barack Obama and other Democrats pushing reform being compared with Nazis and one congressman having a swastika daubed outside his office.

The FBI is investigating the swastika that the staff of the congressman, David Scott, found painted on a sign bearing his name near the entrance to his office in Smyrna, Georgia.

The police hope that the incident might have been picked up on surveillance cameras.

The incident came less than a week after a rowdy town hall meeting in which Scott was involved in acrimonious exchanges with critics of Obama's proposed health reform.


And via [livejournal.com profile] ontd_political:

Outside, the gathering verged on a street brawl. The opposing forces lined up like screaming armies on either side of the street, about 1,000 people a side. Diane Campbell of Kingston, N.H., held a sign with Mr. Obama's face superimposed on a Nazi storm trooper, a sign, she said, that was made by her chronically ill mother.

Her mother's hereditary autoimmune disease is treated with expensive transfusions of gamma globulin, paid for by Medicare. Her sister, Louise, was born with no arms and one leg, and is also covered by Medicare, the government-run, health-insurance program for the elderly and disabled.

"Adolf Hitler was for exterminating the weak, not just the Jews and stuff, and socialism -- that's what's going to happen." (WSJ)


As I was passed out half-asleep in the car yesterday, NPR's All Things Considered featured a man who once worked for the healthcare industry but resigned to become the public's health advocate. He was sure that plenty of people who disrupt the town halls are actually plants by the insurance companies. Fear, he said, was what's driving people to believe the lies the companies spread around, including that Obama's health care plan might have a panel that would cut short the life of the elderly. NPR's Morning Edition debunks that claim here.
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Her face is kinda fug when drawn by March, though. And don't tell me where you're actually looking. Eyes up here, people!

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