In a thread below, Diane makes the extremely important point that the repeated arguments against healthcare reform have been scripted for some time. Frank Luntz, who has made a career as a propagandist, has indeed been central in writing that script.
It is also relevant that some of Luntz's largest clients are the major preemptors--The US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and the Business Roundtable. NAM has been headed for several years by John Engler, the former Michigan Governor who put our blanket shield law in place.
Re: healthcare propaganda, it is noted:
"Here are some suggested arguments for Republicans that Luntz calls “clear winners”:
—“It could lead to the government setting standards of care, instead of doctors who really know what’s best.”
—“It could lead to the government rationing care, making people stand in line and denying treatment like they do in other countries with national healthcare.”
-“President Obama wants to put the Washington bureaucrats in charge of healthcare. I want to put the medical professionals in charge, and I want patients as an equal partner.”
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22155.html#ixzz0QBro3B2y