Here To Help, Health Care Scare Tactics Edition

As debate and inside-the-Dome wrangling continues over House Bill 21-1232, legislation intended to substantially reduce the cost of health coverage for Colorado consumers by asking the famously profitable healthcare industry to make some changes, industry-funded advocacy group Colorado’s Health Care Future has saturated local media markets with ads against…well, not the legislation actually under debate so much, but the amorphous idea of a “state government option” as something of a catch-all boogeyman–permitting fearful conservative audiences to let their imagination run freely much as they did over ten years ago with Sarah Palin’s Obamacare “death panels.”

The one consistent advantage to having no factual constraints on your campaign against a piece of legislation is how this allows for very dramatic messaging. Passing this legislation, or for that matter any legislation that would target health care costs to consumers, would according to the ads running against the bill would lead to wildly destructive consequences like hospitals closing and procedures rationed. And then we realized–why stop there?

Just come out and tell the people of Colorado that the “Colorado Option” is about pulling the plug on Grandma. It’s been over a decade since most people heard this claim about the Affordable Care Act, and by now at least some voters have forgotten that Obamacare never actually resulted in “death panels” or Grandmas having their plugs pulled.

Oldies are goodies, as they say, and today’s shrill campaign against a bill to reduce health care costs is as based in reality as the fact-free nonsense about Obamacare in 2010. And it’s happening for the same reason: money that an already profitable industry wants to keep raking in from ordinary people and at some point likely you personally.

With that said, we’ll take some of that sweet ad money if they want to use this.

12 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Moderatus says:

    “Maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.”

    -Barack Hussein Obama

  2. davebarnes says:


    Isn't Grandma already using socialized medical care: Medicare?

    • ParkHill says:

      Medicare is Socialized Insurance, which isn't quite the same as the VA's Socialized Healthcare.

      That 30% administrative rate for private insurance (5% admin for Medicare) that pays for executive salaries, stock buybacks.

      Not to mention the extra expenses that medical offices run due to the billing complications from dozens of different insurance companies.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Nah.  The GOPers still want to eliminate it, and granny watches FOX and PTL.

  3. Genghis says:

    OK, so in 2009 during the run-up to the ACA, hordes of idiot teabillies were carrying "Obama Lied, Grandma Died" signs in protest.

    When COVID-19 hit, that morphed into "Grandma would gladly lay down her life so the CEO of that Fortune 500 company can continue receiving timely seven-figure bonuses and daily handjobs from a sex-trafficked teenager at the 'massage parlor.'"

    And now we're back to "health care access bill = offing Grandma."

  4. kwtree says:

    Are any of y’all on either side actually grandmothers? 
    If not, stop speaking for us.

    As a Grandma who answers to the name, along with all my feisty female elder peers, we want our precious children and grandchildren to have the best health care possible. We want that for ourselves, as well. we want to live long , high quality lives and see our adorable grandbabies grow up.

    Sorry if that interferes with your profits, health care CEOs. 
    But you know we have eyes in the back of our heads, and we can tell when you’re fibbing. So stop being so naughty. Now is the time to be big boys and girls and tell the truth. You know, your tummy will feel better if you do. 

    Love, Grandma

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