Deceptive Political Language
In his essay, “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell writes about the corruption of the English language, but especially the deterioration of candor displayed in political speech. While I should note that I do not agree with the idea that all political language is deceptive, I do believe that a lot of what the citizens are fed on a daily basis from news corporations and political figures is fallacious. When Orwell wrote this essay, everyday people were not easily able to become politically aware. Now thanks to the World Wide Web and the general media, people are receiving all sorts of political news constantly that most would believe to be true. Lately, with the healthcare debate, it seems that we have been bombarded with information, some true, yet most false. Both the Republicans and the Democrats are guilty of lying and making insincere comments.
Just this past year, for example, Betsy McCaughey, a former Republican lieutenant governor of New York, wrote in article that the national government could actually dictate how much care doctors could provide for their individual patients. This claim, consequently, spread like wildfire through emails and through Republican press conferences. However, this claim is completely false, which can easily be seen from this statement from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which is a government-funded research program.
"Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit the Council to mandate coverage, reimbursement, or other policies for any public or private payer. … None of the reports submitted under this section or recommendations made by the Council shall be construed as mandates or clinical guidelines for payment, coverage, or treatment." American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
" H.R. 3200: Subject to the succeeding provisions of this section, for purposes of establishing acceptable coverage under this division, the term “grandfathered health insurance coverage” means individual health insurance coverage that is offered and in force and effect before the first day of Y1 if the following conditions are met." FactCheck.org
"CBO: [E]xperts generally agree that changes in government policy have the potential to significantly reduce health care spending—for the nation as a whole and for the federal government in particular—without harming people’s health. However, achieving large reductions in projected spending would require fundamental changes in the financing and delivery of health care." Congressional Budget Office