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July 2009

For more than 60 years, medical associations, politicians, the insurance and hospital industries, and right-wing pundits have stood together to impede healthcare reform. Through their endless repetition of unsubstantiated claims and exaggerated consequences regarding healthcare legislation, these forces have played on the fears of the American public to preserve the status quo. Not matter how repetitive, the crying wolf tactic has succeeded in stopping every major health reform except Medicare. The doomsday threats have intensified this year in response to the health reform proposals of President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.