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The Attack On Obamacare: Gay Conspiracy Edition


Reader JP just alerted me to
an email blast from a group called "The Pray In Jesus Name
Project." It suggests that ObamaCare will not only pull the plug on grandma, but
also result in a gay and transgendered takeover of the entire health care
system. Among the bogus claims in the group's petition:


Your tax-dollars will pay for preferential
hiring of homosexual hospital administrators, who distribute $50,000 grants to
gender-confused activists for unneeded elective surgery to mutilate their own
genitals, (and force Christian doctors to perform


The group attempts to back this up by citing drafts of the House and Senate
bills that make fleeting references to gender and sexual orientation, but which
have nothing to do with mandated free sex-change operations. (PolitiFact, The St.
Petersberg Times fact-checking service, does a
great job debunking these allegations, many of which were put forth by Liberty Counsel--a group affiliated with Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.)


As for the gay takeover of hospitals? The
section of the Senate bill that's cited--requiring the "participation in the institutions' programs
of individuals and groups from ...different genders and sexual
orientations"--actually refers to government grants awarded to students
doing research in mental and behavioral health. I suppose that such a
dangerously diverse group of students could decide that they, the gay mafia,
should run the nation's hospitals,whose names will be "changed from ‘St. Luke's Memorial' to
the ‘Obama Government' hospital" when atheists strip all Christian icons from
the buildings, as the email predicts. But, then again,
that's absolutely


(Seen any other loopy ads trying to
demonize ObamaCare--ones that no one's talking about yet? Email them to me:
skhimm at tnr dot com.)



Cross-posted from The Treatment


Suzy Khimm is a senior editor at The New Republic.

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