- Jul 26, 2005
Actually, let me quote Robert Reich, the Secretary of Labor under Clinton and one of President Obama's advisors, with regards to "what the truth would be" about health care if we were honest about health care reform:
by the way, we are going to have to, if you're very old, we're not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of weeks. It's too expensive, so we're going to let you die. (emphasis added)
You know, I'm like a dog with a bone. I can't help myself. I see a quote like that and I want to know where it is from. So a quick Google later and the results are from:
The American Spectator
Patriots and Liberty
And a whole bunch of right wing blogs. My Spidey sense is tingling.
And here is the best bit, the best of all.
Reich said it in 2007. About the current US healthcare system.
Emphasis added, by the way.
In fact, I'll repeat myself, because context is important. He did it during a speech where he said things that politicians would never say. He did it about the present US system and he did it in 2007 when Barack Obama was a Senator and not even running for the Democratic candidancy.
You see, anyone can take quotes, chop the context and time out of them and use them to present "the truth". It is annoying bastards like me that point out the tricks being used.
You twisted the quote into a lie.
But that isn't the only one, is it?
let me quote Robert Reich, the Secretary of Labor under Clinton and one of President Obama's advisors
That is what you said.
Let's go to Reichs own biography, shall we?
His own biography said:Robert B. Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He also served on President-Elect Obama's transition advisory board.
So he was one of President Obama's advisors. During the transition period, which ended in January. A quick Wiki shows he was an advisor in economic, not healthcare matters.
So basically, you are trying to fool me and the people here by presenting a quote from one of Obamas current healthcare advisors about the current healthcare situation. In fact it is over two years old, a hypothetical mockup of a situation about the then healthcare situation from a guy who specialises in economics.
Don't believe me?
Here is the speech
Love 'n' kisses.