To The Daily Sun,
It was interesting last week to read the letter from Ms. Landry in which she admonishes Professor Cracraft for what she perceives as "a misplacement of facts and a doublespeak process," and "picking an untruth and running with it"; has she been reading this forum? What she takes offense to appears on these pages almost on a daily basis.
Contributors from both ends of the political spectrum are guilty. The "spreading of information while leaving out the real facts" is the life-blood of many writers. In fact, one conservative writer claims. "I don't have to prove anything."
Speaking of "untruths and running with it," while Ms. Landry may have read Betsey McCaughey's book, "Beating Obamacare," of all the falsehoods and distortions relating to the ACA, one stands out from the rest — "Death Panels." This claim is a lie ("untruth") orchestrated by people whose only agenda was to kill reform at any cost. The claim has been disproven, and it has been referred to as the "death panel myth," as nothing in the proposed legislation would lead to individuals being judged to see if they were worthy of health care.
McCaughey and others tried to distort Section 1233 of bill HR 3200 which would have paid physicians for providing voluntary counseling to Medicare patients about living wills, advance directives, and end-of-life care options.
In her "Big bald-face lie," McCaughey distorts the truth (lies) by stating that Section 1233 of HR 3200 was "a vicious assault on elderly people" because it would absolutely require Medicare patients to have counseling sessions every five years that would "tell them how to end their life sooner." By misrepresenting provisions, the AARP has described her "euthanasia" counseling and "Death Panel" allegations as "rife with gross — and even cruel — distortions."
I would encourage readers to research the facts by utilizing independent and reliable news sources. I would, however, caution you against researching Fox News, as they are still reeling from the findings of the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee report of its two-year investigation of the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, which debunked a serious of right-wing fantasies, just as other inquires had before it.
Mr. Demakowski, I can "read the writing on the wall," and it illustrates to what depths opponents of the ACA will sink. Your outrages accusations are "debunked" because you give no evidence, and they are totally disconnected from facts. If you, or Ms. Landry, can refer me to any section of the ACA referencing "Death Panels" or their equivalent, please enlighten me.
L. J. Siden