Was the following printed in an actual newspaper or in The Onion?
“Expected to suffer the most if Fairfax County approves a $3.4 million budget cut proposed for its public libraries are children, non-English speaking immigrants, seniors and the disabled.”
The answer: A real newspaper. The March 25 Falls Church News-Press, to be exact.
Conservatives joke that if the planet was about to explode, The New York Times headline would read, “World to End; Women, Minorities Will Suffer Most.” (USA Today would purportedly go for, “We’re Outta Here.”)
Yet as the above example highlights, it’s getting harder to determine what’s real and what’s parody, especially with the (continuing) debate over health care reform.
President Barack Obama has signed an expensive reform measure. But debate isn’t finished. The president jetted to Iowa, a swing state, to host a campaign-style event after signing the law. He dared opponents of his reform to make repeal the centerpiece of the November midterm elections.
“If they want to look Lauren Gallagher in the eye and tell her they plan to take away her father’s health insurance, that’s their right,” Obama boomed. “If they want to make Darlyne Neff pay more money for her check-ups, her mammograms, they can run on that platform.” But here’s where fact meets farce.
Obama can name-check ordinary Americans all he wants to. But the fact is people wouldn’t get help from this bill for years.
As an example, leftie radio host Matt Miller invites us to consider David Frum, who just left a job at the American Enterprise Institute. In a blog on The Washington Post’s Web site, Miller explains, “Luckily for the Frums, big government is here to save them.” How so? “Once Obamacare’s new insurance exchanges are up and running in 2014, the Frums -- and the other 300 million of us -- will never have to worry about being shut out of insurance coverage.”
So the liberal position is that if the unemployed can just hold out for another four years, they’ll be able to get health insurance. I don’t recall hearing that soundbite during the 14-month congressional debate over reform. But by all means, let’s have an election on that premise.