The Soylent Green Party Sez...
"Democrats are killing old people!"
What in an alternate non-Bizarro Universe would be laughed off as a tinfoil-hatted conspiracy theory smelling of Jack Kevorkian and evoking images of Terri Schiavo with "Nyuk nyuk nyuks" from coast to coast is actually gaining traction. So much traction, in fact, that the so-called "public option" that's at best a pitiful substitute for the single payer health care championed by Bernie Sanders and virtually no one else in Congress is losing traction at the same time and is basically on life support.
And Max Baucus, heading up the Neville Chamberlain Democrats, let's call them, is so eager to pull out the feeding tube from even this piddling concession to actual health care reform and to appease the GOP that he's willing to let them remove the single payer option, throwing gears and wires over their shoulders like a bunch of chimp mechanics.
And all because whackjobs like Virginia Foxx are promoting a meme about the Democrats secretly plotting to kill old people (who generally tend to vote conservative). This conspiracy theory has gotten so many people on board the Flaming Crazy Wagon that the President of the United States had to seriously entertain this concern from a caller during an AARP open house and still sound as if he was respectfully addressing her concern that she obviously got from Rush Limbaugh.
Psst. The Democrats are trying to kill all the old people. Pass it on.
The difference between Charlton Heston's character of Thorne and the Soylent Green Party in our Bizarro World dimension is that Thorne was absolutely right.
Update: Michael Collins at the American Politics Journal nicely deconstructs in layman's terms the myth of health care "rationing." A thoughtful worthy screed worthy of a thoughtful read.