Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It's News That He Said It

Fortunately the conventions of contemporary journalism don't require any exploration of the truth of the claims.

URBANDALE, Iowa -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday warned that President Obama's health reform law could result in the death of ill patients, relating the story of a cancer patient he met Tuesday at a campaign stop in Creston, Iowa.

"She came up to me and she said 'Governor, if you don't get rid of Obamacare, I'm dead," he recounted. "She said they will never take care of me. And that's a powerful testimony by that lady."

This woman could be invented for all I know, but let's assume she's real and not lying, in that she thinks she's communicating something truthfully. I'm not aware of anything in "Obamacare" that could make this actually true, but one problem with the politics of the legislation is that Obama essentially does own "health care" in the United States. For a lot of people, health care (and paying for it) really really sucks. I don't know what her situation is, but granting that she's real and telling the truth as she sees it, it isn't completely crazy to imagine that she's facing a horrible situation and blames "Obamacare" for it. Most of "Obamacare" doesn't come online until 2014, and even super optimistically it isn't going to improve things all that much.