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Lose in the polls, go after the kids...

Can’t decide what to tell your kids about the abomination shoved down our throats last weekend? Well folks, worry no more!!!!!!!

PBS and your kid’s teachers have it covered:

A variety of lessons and activities are provided to help students gain the knowledge and background necessary to engage in a meaningful debate about the following resolution: Health care is a fundamental right; the government has an obligation to secure this right for all Americans. Teachers may opt to complete all the assignments in preparation for the debate, or select those most necessary or interesting to the class. Classes may prepare their debate for submission to the Miller Center Debate Series on health care.

Interesting, huh? But lest I be accused of taking this out of context, here’s a bit more from the people who take your money to keep Bill Moyers alive:

Ideas for introducing the topic of health care reform:

Before beginning the health care lessons, ask students to write down five health related headlines over the course of a week and bring them to class. Call on student volunteers to read their headlines. What do the students know about the health reform law recently passed by Congress? What are people most concerned about? Ask students to share what they know about health care reform – what are the current challenges facing the American health care system?

Read the introduction (Part I) to the Miller Center white paper: The Right to Health Care and The Role of Government in Health Policy as a class. Outline the current challenges facing the American health care system.

Use the Just The Facts chart from Yes! Magazine’s health care issue to give students an overview of the health care reform debate. Why does America spend more per capita on health care then any other nation, but still rank 28th in life expectancy? Why are insurance premiums rising so quickly? How can we cap health care spending? Is universal health insurance a tenable option in the United States? Outline the current challenges facing the American health care system.

Ok, so just what is the Miller Center white paper, you ask? Well, here’s the last couple of sentences from the recommended Part I:

Setting limits based on finite resources to support the moral principles of social justice
and social utility requires that countries employ explicit rationing as a necessary step in providing a right to basic health care to all. This type of moral framework is an awkward fit with the American preference for pluralism, individual freedoms, and limited government. Rather than rely on an explicit mechanism to limit the supply of health services in order to ensure universal coverage and affordability, the American system relies instead on an implicit rationing structure based on individual preferences and ability to pay, which attempts to curtail demand for health services but currently leaves 47 million people without health coverage.

Don’t you feel better now, knowing that your kids are being taught that you, as a responsible, loving parent, are leaving 47 million people to DIE?

And what’s this “Yes!” magazine? Never heard of it, myself, but since our moral and intellectual betters want our kids to read “just the facts,” I strongly urge you to click the link I’ve provided. Suffice to say you’ll be surprised to learn that you live in the the richest, meanest country ever forsaken by God.

PS – You’ll notice that this “lesson plan” was originally conceived and offered in 2008, which almost caused me to disregard this story. That is, until I noticed at the bottom of the page that it had been updated this month.

I’d say I wouldn’t wish these people on my worst enemy, but considering my worst enemy are these people, I rather suspect they’re already comfortable being manipulated, marginalized and controlled.