Medical Insurance for Seniors and the Propaganda Against It

Sunday, May 21, 2017
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ObamaCare's cuts to hospitals will cost seniors their lives!
Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion!
Obama's health care law funneling money away from Medicare at the expense of the elderly!
Installed an unelected board of 15 bureaucrats to essentially ration grandma,s healthcare!
Adds $340 billion to the deficit and costs us $1.7 trillion that we don't have!
Obamacare puts the federal government between you and your doctor!

"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." Attributed to MARK TWAIN.

Clever propagandists are deliberately nurturing fear about senior medical insurance - Medicare, in order to rally the support of the masses and to malign those who are working to implement the Affordable Care Act, our national health insurance program. Daily these propagandists insidiously attack and instigate, riling the emotions of our vulnerable senior citizens who rely upon, or one day may need health insurance. Of course propagandistic messages can be used in a positive way to accomplish social ends, as in campaigns to reduce drunk driving. But propaganda may also be used to promote hatred, deceive, and entice. This treacherous propaganda is brutal, ruthless, relentless, and spares none. Often it looks innocent, and comes from sources who are held up by the media as experts in their field. These individuals appear to share information, but on close scrutiny disinformation and intentional misinformation is uncovered, which is routinely exposed on sites like factcheck.org and politifact.org. However, often the damage is already done by the time the fact-checking results are published. Meanwhile, another wave of propaganda is in motion, with its' deadly undertow, drowning people in negativity, hopelessness and anger.

"Everyday we are bombarded with one persuasive communication after another. These appeals persuade not through the give-and-take of argument and debate but through the manipulation of symbols and of our most basic human emotions. For better or worse, ours is an age of propaganda" Pratkanis, Anthony and Aronson, Elliott. Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion. New York: W.H. Freeman, 1991.

Understand What is Really Going On

There is a huge difference between news and propaganda. News informs you, whereas propaganda tells you what to think. Propagandists force you to hear their view and discourage discussion. They sift the facts, exploiting the useful ones and concealing the others. They also distort and twist facts, specializing in lies and half-truths. Your emotions are their target. Many fall right into their trap due to misconceptions about the media's role:

Myths That Obscure the Logic of the News Media The media foster a set of myths regarding how they function. Believing these myths impedes one's ability to view the news from a critical perspective. They include the following:
  • that most news stories are produced through independent investigative journalism
  • that news writers simply report facts in their stories and do not come to conclusions about them
  • that fact and opinion are clearly separated in constructing the news
  • that there is an objective reality (the actual "news") that is simply "reported" or described by the news media of the world (our news media writers reporting on this objectively; the media of foreign enemies systematically slanting and distorting it)
  • that what is unusual (novel, odd, bizarre) is news; what is usual is not

Paul, Richard and Elder, Linda. How to Detect Media Bias & Propaganda In National and World News. Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2004.

What are the tools in the propagandist's bag of tricks?

  • Outright Lies
  • Generalizations
  • Insults and name-calling
  • Playing on emotions
  • Slogans and Symbols

Vance Packard wrote in his book The Hidden Persuaders: "We still have a strong defence available against such [hidden] persuaders: we can choose not to be persuaded. In virtually all situations we still have the choice, and we cannot be too seriously manipulated if we know what is going on." This applies also to propaganda and deceit.

Don't Be A Victim of the Propaganda Machine!

Use good judgement. Good judgement helps you to discard irrelevant information and misleading facts and discern the substance of an issue. So how do you do that when something is misleading? In a nutshell: Put information to the test, ask questions, and do not blindly follow the crowd. As mentioned earlier, websites like factcheck.org and politifact.org, and of course obamacare.com, can assist you in learning the facts.

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