I honestly thought I’d heard it all. I really really did. I’ve listened to every single lie, conspiracy theory, and mangled statistic the right has vomited forth to discredit Obamacare and while most, if not all, of them are an assault on the concept of reality, this one takes it to a whole new level.
Buried in an article at the (what I have to assume is ironically named) American Thinker is this delightful nugget of pure dumbness:
The purpose of this article is not to explore the obscene costs or other obnoxious elements inherent in the conventional medical system. Rather, it is to examine how this system — as it is now transforming itself into a classic socialist model — has affected and will continue to influence medical innovation and the availability of alternative medicine options. Since its inception, alternative medicine has relied on the American climate of freedom and choice — a context that is rapidly receding in the face of socialism’s advance.
That’s right, Obamacare is a threat to “alternative medicine” and should be destroyed because people should have the right to choose between medicine that is proven to work and garbage that does not. Remember, as Tim Minchin pleasantly points out:
By definition, alternative medicine has either not been proved to work or proved not to work. Do you know what they call alternative medicine that’s been proved to work?
To make it even worse, the writer doesn’t talk about how successful “alternative” medicine is (because it’s not) but rather how popular it is. Using popularity as a metric is like using the size of a needle to judge how effective the medicine inside is. It’s pure nonsense.
I get it, the right is terrified of all things science and alternative medicine appeals to their hatred of highly educated people telling them how not to kill themselves. But seriously, for a group of people who squeal about their money being used to subsidize things they object to, like birth control pills, they sure are eager to force the rest of us to waste billions on flim flam and woo science.
On the other hand, the ridiculousness of this attack shows that the right is out of ideas on how to stop universal healthcare and they’re getting desperate.