Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mouthpiece for tobacco lobby circulates anti-health care reform petition

An organization cleverly calling itself Patients First is inviting people to sign a petition telling the government to keep its dirty hands off our health care.

Patients First, however, is controlled by Americans for Prosperity. AFP is a mouthpiece of, among others, the tobacco lobby. They have continued the old Phillip Morris strategy of portraying smoking as a property right. Not terribly concerned with placing health first, they are against clean indoor air laws, indoor workplace smoking bans, and cogent arguments.

Is there an equivalent petition demanding that insurance companies in the status quo keep their hands off health care? No? Why not? Is it because they have absolute power over health care policy and practice? Is absolute control categorically bad, or only bad if it's da guvmint?

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