Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Healthy Americans Against Reforming Medicine (HAARM) Enters the Picture.

I'll admit, I have an "unhealthy" obsession with health care reform. Obama has been reading my mind. I've been saying since 1994 the one solution for all our ills, so to speak, is a single payer health care plan. Democrats are about to screw up the reform 72 and 76 percent of the public has supported in the two most recent polls.

With my frustration building up, I needed an escape valve. I found one:

According to the Huffington Post: A new group calling itself Healthy Americans Against Reforming Medicine (HAARM) has launched a website to promote its efforts to derail health care reform. Their message: Health care for everybody is just bad and wrong, and the Obama administration's plan will lead to socialism.

HAARM, you may or may not have guessed, is a work of satire. The Service Employees International Union is putting $25,000 behind the project, which essentially parrots right-wing talking points on health care reform to comedic effect.

"We worked with some really funny writers on this project, but nobody was able to top the crazy things Republicans are saying to stand in the way of health care reform," said SEIU spokeswoman Lori Lodes in a statement to the Huffington Post. "HAARM highlights the fact that the GOP spends more time coming up with ways to say 'no' than they do coming up with any policies of their own."


  1. John, I think this is a problem deeper than health care, it's our corrupt politicians willing to give their votes to the insurance industry in return for $46 million in cash. At least in Iran the public knows they are fighting against guns.

  2. I agree.

    But I think it goes even deeper than that. Paraphrasing Sen. Ben Nelson, "I'm worried about the ability of the insurance industry remaining profitable."

    Blue dog Dems bought into neo-liberal, free market economics.