posted on Aug, 4 2009 @ 10:08 PM
First, I am willing to admit that the possibility of these health care protests being staged does exist to a certain point.
But I find it hard to believe that all of this is "manufactured anger."
The White House on Tuesday dismissed protests against President Obama's health care reforms in multiple states over the weekend as "manufactured
anger" orchestrated by right wing groups and the Republican party.
"I hope people will take a jaundiced eye to what is clearly the Astroturf nature of grass-roots lobbying," said White House press secretary Robert
Gibbs during a morning off-camera session in his office with reporters.
We can all agree that the majority of Americans want Healthcare. However, that doesn't mean all Americans want Healthcare. Do Americans not have a
right to voice their opinion to their elected representatives?
As U.S. House leaders unveil a plan to reform the U.S. healthcare system, a USA Today/Gallup poll finds 56% of Americans in favor and 33% opposed
to Congress' passing major healthcare reform legislation this year. Support for healthcare reform before the end of the year is sharply split along
party lines, with 79% of Democrats in favor, compared with only 23% of Republicans.
Are 33% of Americans manufactured anger? Furthermore, 50% of Americans disapprove the way Obama is handling Healthcare. Should these Americans be
labeled because they disapprove?
As the debate over healthcare reform intensifies, the latest USA Today/Gallup poll finds that more Americans disapprove (50%) than approve (44%)
of the way U.S. President Barack Obama is handling healthcare policy. There is a tremendous partisan gap in these views, with 74% of Democrats but
only 11% of Republicans approving. Independents are more likely to disapprove than to approve of Obama's work on healthcare.
And what about the Senior Citizens? I have seen many of them speak out at some of these protests. Should they be diminished to a non factor by the
administration and the Dems just because they are skeptical of Healthcare reform?
Seniors are the least likely of all age groups in the U.S. to say that healthcare reform will benefit their personal healthcare situation. By a
margin of three to one, 36% to 12%, adults 65 and older are more likely to believe healthcare reform will reduce rather than expand their access to
healthcare. And by 39% to 20%, they are more likely to say their own medical care will worsen rather than improve.
I realize this is a heavily debated issue, but the labeling needs to stop. Just like President Obama has promised to listen to the world, friend or
foe, he needs to do the same at home. The labeling is just going to further anger and divide the public. IMO, many of these protesters or manufactured
anger have some legit issues with healthcare and Obama and Congress should listen.
Michelle Obama once said,
“Barack Obama ... is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that
you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives
as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”
People are coming out of their isolation, getting engage, more involved and more informed. President Obama should listen to them not demean them.
President Obama, the solution is simple. Show America that what you state about healthcare is written in black and white in that 1,000 page bill.
Of course, that means you will have to read the bill first.