The conservative movement in America continues to get loonier and loonier.
Last week, the Republican National Committee distributed a newsletter that included a push-poll questionnaire -- a method of polling that isn't designed to actually get people's opinions but rather to disseminate negative information about the opposition in order to get people who take the poll to think badly of them.
Within this questionnaire it was suggested that the Democratic plan for health care could be used in the future to refuse Republicans health care coverage simply for political reasons.
"It has been suggested that the government could use voter registration to determine a person's political affiliation," it says, "prompting fears that GOP voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a Democrat-imposed health care rationing system. Does this possibility concern you?"
An RNC spokeswoman said that the wording of the question was "inartfully worded," and that "the RNC doesn't try to scare people."
This from the party that brought you death panels and lies about the health care bill funding abortion procedures.
Of course, the RNC -- and the conservative movement in particular -- ARE trying to scare us. There's nothing else they can do. Poll after poll has shown that Americans support health care reform, support a government option for insurance, and support raising taxes on the rich to pay for it.
So what do conservatives do? They make THIS particular bill look scary, and cause mass hysteria over provisions that don't even exist. Then, they use this hysteria to say Americans DON'T support reform, a government option, or raising taxes on the wealthy.
We can't let them get away with it. We need to continue the campaign to educate people, push for the truth from our legislators and from our media. We need to continue the fight for health care reform in our country.