Ted Cruz’s hate-mongering speaking tour whips up animus toward seniors

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/matt-miller-the-gops-obamacare-youth-hoax/2013/08/21/39a5a3a2-0a5a-11e3-8974-f97ab3b3c677_allComments.html?ctab=all_&

The GOP has sent out the psychopath Ted Cruz on a multi-city speaking tour to whip up hate for “Obamacare” among young people. His job is to convince them that they are suckers if they sign up for health insurance. Why? Because they are YOUNG and they don’t NEED health insurance. Cruz tells them that they will only be propping up the program for those old folks and thus it is creeping socialism (gasp.) People posted thousands of comments, many of them bald-faced lies. That led me to begin a comment string, below.  After that, the commenters seem to run out of steam.

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I am dismayed to see so many lies from the “Ministry of Truth” here in this comment section. For one, Obama only had a veto-proof Congress for six months, lonestartexan. You might want to start verifying facts before you spew more propaganda, all of you. Opinions without a factual basis are downright dangerous.
Olivia LaRosa
8/22/2013 7:57 PM PDT

And here: accidents and injuries are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 44.

An estimated 31.6 million people treated in Emergency Department for injury each year

http://www.cdc.gov/injury/overview/leading_cod.htm…

More than 75,000 young people die from injuries each year. The number who survive injuries is far greater because they get medical care.

In 2010 in the United States, injuries, including all causes of unintentional and violence-related injuries combined, accounted for 50.6% of all deaths among persons ages 1–44 years of age—that is more deaths than non-communicable diseases and infectious diseases combined.

Injury facts: More than 180,000 deaths from injury each year—1 person every 3 minutes1
Leading cause of death for people ages 1–44 in the U.S.1
An estimated 2.5 million people hospitalized with injury each year1
An estimated 31.6 million people treated in Emergency Department for injury each year1
Violence and injuries cost more than $406 billion in medical care and lost productivity each year2

But there are still people claiming that young people don’t need health insurance coverage!
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EvenMoreBS
8/23/2013 11:05 AM PDT
We’re not particularly concerned about young people who die in accidents. People who die from traumatic injury don’t usually run up vast medical costs, although there are of course some exceptions. It’s those pesky survivors who cost darned so much.
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Olivia LaRosa
8/22/2013 7:50 PM PDT
Gawd. Just for starters, look at the accident and injury rates for young people as opposed to older folk. http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/transp…
This is just car accidents. What about all the other accidents young people get into?

Therefore anyone who thinks that young people do not need medical insurance for good health care without availing themselves of the emergency room on the taxpayer dollar is simply not a rational thinker.
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