When columnists attack: Writers using GOP talking points
To the editor:
Limbaugh, Charles Krauthammer. Three peas in a pod?
No. Three negative op-eds in a row published by The Herald Mail attacking Obama and his policies.
Full of questions? Yes. Full of answers? No.
Michael attacks a 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of medical devices in what he chooses to carelessly call “Obamacare” after giving its proper name. He quotes businesses who say they will be laying off workers in “anticipation” of the new tax.
Michael’s problem is he should know that this 2.3 percent tax is constantly being revised excluding, for example, nursing homes. The “Doc fix” is another example of the constant adjustments that have been made and will continue to be made to the Affordable Health Care Act.
Those companies laying off workers in “anticipation” can say anything they want but the light of day will tell whether laying off workers offsets any tax at all or simply increases their profit margins.
In November, Republicans tried to say Obama was “taking” some 700 billion from Medicare to put into what they called Obamacare. Their clearly made insinuation in multimillion-dollar ad campaigns that this hurt Medicare in some way was what is known, even to children, as a complete lie. Hospitals and insurance companies had agreed to these changes and it did not affect patient care in any way or cost taxpayers a penny.
Republicans as a whole want to dump Affordable Health in its entirety, rebrand the parts they like as Republican, and dump tens of millions currently with insurance off the rolls. Romney’s answer for the tens of millions was “go to the hospital” even though the hospital is much more expensive than the doctor they currently have under the Affordable Health Care act.
Michael, Limbaugh and Krauthammer’s op-eds all relentlessly attack Obama using Republican talking points, tidbits from right wing radio shows, and the sky is falling Fox News segments as their main sources of information.
There is no counterpoint.
Letter berating Republicans is devoid of some facts
To the editor:
A recent letter to the editor berating Fox News Channel presentations, Republicans, the Republican Party, Republican Party supporters, Rush Limbaugh and many other things about the Republican Party was not only highly partisan but devoid of facts to support its claims.
Following are the facts:
1. Fox News is the most watched channel by the majority of Americans. Its rating is unsurpassed by other channels, including CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, etc.