Hush hush, keep it down now, voices carry

FreedomOfSpeechAccording to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) it is un-American for people who disagree with their proposed healthcare reforms to voice their opinion.  But I thought dissent is the highest form of patriotism.  Aren’t these alleged un-Americans simply speaking truth to power?

In the op-ed, Pelosi and Hoyer claim “Americans strongly [support] health insurance reform [and that]…Congress [has reached a] consensus on a plan…”  But pollster Scott Rasmussen’s data tells a different story:

There’s also the reality that 74% of voters rate the quality of care they now receive as good or excellent. And 50% fear that if Congress passes health-care reform, it will lead to a decline in the quality of that care.

As for the Congressional “consensus” on healthcare reform, members of Pelosi’s own party have been trying to tell her that she doesn’t have the votes.

It’s no wonder that the Democrats feel compelled to paint those who disagree with their healthcare reform proposals as un-American and to make believe that there is broad support for these proposals among both the general public and the nation’s legislators.  The alternative is to accept the fact that most Americans have strong reservations about such sweeping changes to healthcare finance and delivery, especially when such changes take the form of 1000 page long tomes that legislators feel they should not bother to read, let alone analyze, prior to voting on them.

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