Liberal columnist and NBC political analyst Jonathan Alter somehow went further than even Team Obama’s recent accusation that Mitt Romney is responsible for a woman succumbing to cancer. Last night, on MSNBC, Alter pretty much accused Romney, Republicans, and anyone who votes for them of mass murder because — get this nonsense — the repeal ObamaCare “equals death.”
TRANSCRIPT: Instead what the press should be focused on is what are the consequences of repeal of ObamaCare. And the consequences, as Mike just indicated, are death. Repeal equals death. People will die in the United States if ObamaCare is repealed. That is not an exaggeration, that is not crying fire. It’s a simple fact. If you have pre-existing conditions and you are thrown off of health insurance or if you get sick after you or your husband loses a job, you’re not going to go to the doctor as soon, your cancer or whatever disease is not going be caught as quickly and your odds of dying are much, much increased.
This isn’t just lunacy, it’s a lie.
First off, anyone who wants health care in this country can get it. By law, you can’t be turned away by emergency rooms if you ask for help. And if someone isn’t proactive enough to spring for the cost of a doctor’s visit or drive to an emergency room, that’s not on me or anyone else.
Secondly, how many people will die when the government further infests the health care industry, driving costs up, reimbursements down, and good doctors into other professions? How many people will die due to rationing, wait times, one-size-fits-all remedies, and a little cost v. benefit chart that says, “We’re sorry, but you’re too old and ill for this operation.”
The unhinged and hysterical Alter is not only pushing our political discourse into the darkest of places, he’s intentionally lying through an act of omission. Even if you accept the premise of his lunacy, which I don’t — Alter is well aware that there are two sides to his stupid argument. But rather than make the case for ObamaCare like a rational human being, Alter abuses his NBC News’ perch to accuse Romney and those of us who are eager to vote for him of favoring mass murder.
Man alive, just when you think the NBC brand couldn’t be any more tarnished….
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