Sebelius: Who’s up for some “reeducation”?

posted at 8:45 am on August 31, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Sometimes, this administration seems so out of touch with the language of its nation that it borders on parody.  Usually, that’s an introduction to a Joe Biden anecdote, but this time the quote comes from Kathleen Sebelius, straight out of the nation’s heartland by geography but more out of the Ivory Tower in practice.  Yesterday, when addressing the strong opposition to ObamaCare throughout the nation, Sebelius chalked it up to ignorance and misinformation — and suggested a remedy that sounds as if it came out of Orwell, emphasis mine:

“Unfortunately, there still is a great deal of confusion about what is in [the reform law] and what isn’t,” Sebelius told ABC News Radio in an interview Monday.

With several vulnerable House Democrats touting their votes against the bill, and Republicans running on repeal, Sebelius said “misinformation given on a 24/7 basis” has led to the enduring opposition nearly six months after the lengthy debate ended in Congress.

So, we have a lot of reeducation to do,” Sebelius said.

The administration is particularly concerned about the views of senior citizens – who “have been a target of a lot of the misinformation,” according to the health secretary.

“Re-education” has been a favorite effort by tyrannies over the past century or so, mainly (but not exclusively) communist.  The most notorious programs came in China, Cambodia, and Vietnam, the latter of which produced the mass exodus of “boat people” to the US and other countries.  “Re-education” has come to mean either brainwashing or intimidation of political dissidents.

In fact, it’s such a notorious term that no one in American politics would be foolish enough to use it, or at least so we thought.  Clearly, Sebelius isn’t talking about setting up re-education camps in the Midwest, but it’s about as foolish a term to use as can be imagined in talking about the deep unpopularity of a government program that arguably sets the stage for government control of the health-care sector.

Americans don’t need “reeducation” efforts, and Democrats had just as much time to explain the benefits of ObamaCare as did critics to explain their opposition to it.  The reason people don’t like it, and 60% of voters want it repealed, is because it’s a terrible bill that is killing business investment and expansion, as well as grasping unprecedented and unconstitutional power from Americans.

And as for seniors getting misinformation, well, perhaps Secretary Sebelius might want to start her “reeducation” efforts within HHS.  Seems as though some of the misinformation has been coming from her own staff.

Update: I had already written the post and the headlines for it when Glenn Reynolds showed that great minds think alike.

Update II: Looks like reeducation will be a tall order, and getting taller:

A new poll shows that public support for health care reform dropped sharply in August – a dagger in Democrats’ hopes that their landmark legislation will help them in November’s midterm.

The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll has support for the bill dropping seven percentage points in August – down to 43 percent – while opposition rose 10 points to 45 percent. That’s the weakest showing since May – and a far cry from the bump proponents had hoped to see as some of the law’s more consumer-friendly provisions kick in.

Democrats said throughout the year-long debate on Capitol Hill that support for the overhaul would increase once the bill passed and Americans were able to take advantage of some of its benefits. But it appears voters’ opinions of the legislation were set more firmly than anyone thought during the bruising political fight.

Better get moving with that brainwashing truth-telling, Secretary Sebelius!

Update III: Think Sebelius will put this on the reeducation curriculum?  Naaaaah. (via Guy Benson’s Twitter feed)


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This is the year zero!

Ward Cleaver on August 31, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Death Panels

Not just a facebook term from the past…..it’s healthcare of the future.

PappyD61 on August 31, 2010 at 12:59 PM

American gulags. Every democrat’s wet dream.

Inanemergencydial on August 31, 2010 at 1:11 PM

“So, we have a lot of reeducation to do,” Sebelius said.

Sebelius continued,”The reeducation camps will be voluntary, at first. Mandatory reeducation camps will be reserved for the resistance.”

olesparkie on August 31, 2010 at 1:13 PM

I have to admit that this administration has the longest “cranks” of any in history. They must, the way they keep stepping on them.

Extrafishy on August 31, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Welcome to the camp
I guess you all know why we’re here
My name is Obommy
And I became POTUS last year

We’re not gonna take it!

Christien on August 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

What? Every other poll I have read has opposition to Obamacare over 60%. Why is this poll so different? Am I missing something?

Monkeytoe on August 31, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Yeah, the sample is skewed and the Kaiser poll is a half-notch above push-polling. I read through the whole slate of questions last time, and it’s pretty bad. The section where they break it down issue by issue is especially lame. They list nice sounding “benefits” one by one without mentioning costs or trade-offs, and they get the positive answers they are seeking.

forest on August 31, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Welcome to the camp
I guess you all know why we’re here
My name is Obommy
And I became POTUS last year

We’re not gonna take it!

Christien on August 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

+1

Khun Joe on August 31, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Will there be more hotlines where we can snitch people off who refuse to toe the government line??

Blake on August 31, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Will there be rewards for turning in our parents?

Blake on August 31, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Every day I find myself thinking, I CANNOT wait to vote. Hurry up, November!

txmomof6 on August 31, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Democrats had just as much time to explain the benefits of ObamaCare as did critics to explain their opposition to it.

Actually they had at least 10x the amount of time. Dems have at least 10 stations to every 1 station that could be considered on the right.

free on August 31, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Democrats had just as much time to explain the benefits of ObamaCare as did critics to explain their opposition to it.

Actually they had at least 10x the amount of time. Dems have at least 10 stations to every 1 station that could be considered on the right.
free on August 31, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Not really. The time the liberal media spend EXPLAINING their views is infinitesimal, compared to the time they spend REPEATING their views.

I don’t know about all markets but where I live, CBS News interrupts the Rush Limbaugh Show seven times in every episode. If you lived in a cave, and only listened to that one program, you’d still get the top three or four liberal talking points hammered into your head over and over and over again every day.

I shudder to think how much propaganda the people who aren’t careful about their media habits are exposed to. It is truly frightening.

logis on August 31, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Clearly, Sebelius isn’t talking about setting up re-education camps in the Midwesta certain part of the country.
Yet.

GarandFan on August 31, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Those bitterly clinging religious, homophobic, islamophobic mouth-breathers.
Of course there is no reason to do it in places like LA, San Francisco, Seattle, NY bcs those people are already familiar with govt programs which require their own special education seminars in order to qualify & receive benefits from such programs.

Badger40 on August 31, 2010 at 2:33 PM

technopeasant on August 31, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Bad link.

Badger40 on August 31, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Clearly, Sebelius isn’t talking about setting up re-education camps in the Midwest

Sometimes, it seems you and Allah are simply not paying attention or simply trying so hard to avoid being called radical that you go out of your way to ignore the obvious.

What exactly do you think they’re doing when this administration is firing entire school staffs and replacing them with hand picked “educators?”

Part of the problem we’ve had as conservatives is having to overcome our own conservative journalists falling over themselves trying to fit in, or not wanting to be cast as conspiracy nuts.

It is what it is. Don’t try so hard to pretend otherwise.

Gregor on August 31, 2010 at 2:34 PM

My wife’s family has been in health care for three generations. Her father complained about the amount of costly paper work required by the government back in the 60′s. My wife had to go to an educational class on the new Medicare paper work required by Obama care. It was a 12 hr. class and very intense. At the lunch break she asked the State employee teaching the information this question. From what I have learned so far it seems the purpose of this remake is to eliminate Medicare payments to Nursing Homes. The State instructor admitted that was the purpose. Her company shares the cost of their Health Care plan, a 50/50 split. This month her cost goes up $120.00 per month with a copay up $20.00 and the deductible up $1,000.00 per year.

We don’t have to know what is in the bill, we see the outcome already and feel it in our bottom line. More money out of peoples pockets and less money to spend in the economy.

Grayzel on August 31, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Democrats had just as much time to explain the benefits of ObamaCare as did critics to explain their opposition to it.

Actually they had at least 10x the amount of time. Dems have at least 10 stations to every 1 station that could be considered on the right.
free on August 31, 2010 at 2:08 PM I don’t know about all markets but where I live, CBS News interrupts the Rush Limbaugh Show seven times in every episode. If you lived in a cave, and only listened to that one program, you’d still get the top three or four liberal talking points hammered into your head over and over and over again every day.

I shudder to think how much propaganda the people who aren’t careful about their media habits are exposed to. It is truly frightening.

logis on August 31, 2010 at 2:15 PM

That’s a function of your local radio station. I listen in Atlanta and they import Fox News radio. It’s often Shemp Smith, -that’s the only downside. Complain.

slickwillie2001 on August 31, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Part of the problem we’ve had as conservatives is having to overcome our own conservative journalists falling over themselves trying to fit in, or not wanting to be cast as conspiracy nuts.

It is what it is. Don’t try so hard to pretend otherwise.

Gregor on August 31, 2010 at 2:34 PM

That would be everyone in DC. They’re all so worried about making friends & deals & don’t want to rock the boat in any way that would lessen their power or influence.
To he!! with what is right & reasonable.
And if you do sound off the alarm, you’re pegged as a nutcase.
Best way to get rid of the competition is to call into question the sanity or character of the one sounding the alarm.

Badger40 on August 31, 2010 at 2:46 PM

the purpose of this remake is to eliminate Medicare payments to Nursing Homes

Grayzel on August 31, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Uh-whoah. My mom is a disabled vet in a nursing home.
She gets a small vet pension & is on SS disability (not retired yet).She’s on Medicare/caid-whatever.
I assume this does not mean they’re going to kick my mom out of the nursing home.
But what does this do to the Good Samaritan home’s bottom line?

Badger40 on August 31, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Kissmygrits on August 31, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Obamacare cuts half a trillion dollars from Medicare. There will be changes to your Medicare coverage all right, but they won’t be the kinds of changes that you and your friends will like. You’ll get fewer benefits, and you’ll pay more for them — no matter what Sebelius and her minions tell you.

AZCoyote on August 31, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I read online that some of Ayer’s friends from back in the day envisioned reeducation camps and the necessity to exterminate a significant portion of the population that would not give up the dreams of capitalism. Sibelius is just slipping up and telling the truth than inhabits her little mind.

Also remember the fact that she was passed over for the VP slot for Biden. What does that tell you? Snark.

JAW on August 31, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Another ready-made campaign commercial.

labrat on August 31, 2010 at 3:16 PM

I read online that some of Ayer’s friends from back in the day envisioned reeducation camps and the necessity to exterminate a significant portion of the population that would not give up the dreams of capitalism.

JAW on August 31, 2010 at 3:04 PM

It’s absolutely true. For anyone who doesn’t believe it … check it out.

More here.

Gregor on August 31, 2010 at 3:20 PM

We knew it was coming and it still didn;t stop it. Dam,n those Dems.

johnnyU on August 31, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Hopefully we’re looking at more of an upcoming purge, but thanks for the offer.

Blacklake on August 31, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Christien on August 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

With Joe Biden as Uncle Ernie, and Janet Napolitano as The Acid Queen….*SHUDDER*

infidel4life on August 31, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Watching our health insurance rates rise dramatically is plenty of education in California.

California insurance regulators cleared the way Wednesday for Anthem Blue Cross to implement scaled-back rate hikes after a previous increase was canceled amid an uproar over its size.

Anthem said it intends to put the new rates — averaging 14% and as high as 20% — into effect Oct. 1 for nearly 800,000 individual California policyholders.

Regulators also allowed one of Anthem’s nonprofit competitors, Blue Shield of California, to move ahead with rate increases — averaging 19% and as high as 29% — for 250,000 individual policyholders.

Source: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/26/business/la-fi-insure-rates-20100826

So much for Obamacare making health care more “affordable.”

Vote everybody who voted for Obamacare OUT OF OFFICE ASAP!

wren on August 31, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Re-educate my butt. Vote these Stalinists out of office

petefrt on August 31, 2010 at 4:10 PM

The more they talk, the worse it gets. I hope Sebelius holds several re-education camps in Nevada in the next couple of months.

huckleberryfriend on August 31, 2010 at 4:28 PM

You vill learn to luv the bill…

right2bright on August 31, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Just saw this at American Thinker

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/08/department_of_justice_ditches.html

DOJ has a new website page and the quote they use is very interesting.

Internationalism run amok. Go after them Gov Brewer.

journeyintothewhirlwind on August 31, 2010 at 6:52 PM

It’s simple -

there’s a red pill …

and there’s a blue pill …

dissent555 on August 31, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Ed/Ap- I am sorry if this breaks the fair use rule but after seeing what our State Dept did to Az with that report, putting American law under the purview of nations that have little use for human rights but will take every advantage of punishing the US under this UN council it is just too important to stop this now.

Here is the quote:

“The common law is the will of mankind, issuing from the life of the people.”

Catchy, huh? Just one tiny little (too small to be relevant obviously) point — the quote is from C. Wilfred Jenks, who in the 1930′s was a leading proponent of the “international law” movement, which had as its goal to impose a global common law and which backed ‘global workers’ rights.’

journeyintothewhirlwind on August 31, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Comrade Sebelius, your papers are not in order.

Philly on August 31, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Alcee Hastings-Congressman from Florida -Democrat,sponsored HR645 “National Emergency Centers Establishment Act”.The bill directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish National Emergency Centers on Military installations.
I believe that it is safe to assume that these Emergency Centers would serve as detention camps. The use of the term “reeducation” is a term used a lot in communist countries. The more the people of this Administration speak the more scary it becomes. Look at the venom and vile that comes out of their mouths when they speak of the Tea Party people and the people who attended Beck’s Honor Rally. To them, these people are the enemy and need “reeducation”.
Remember how easy it was for President Wilson and FDR to put American People into Detention camps. Both of these Presidents were democrats.

flintstone on September 1, 2010 at 9:07 AM

What? Is she daft? Let’s just remind people how they were suckered and taken for granted by their democrat elected officials. I wish this hosebag would stand in the tub when she pulls the drain plug. Maybe she’d go down the drain.

kens on September 1, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Barak Obama:

RE: Your defective Sebelius

As we’ve told you many times before, our policy is that you bought her: she’s yours: NO REFUNDS! ABSOLUTELY NO RETURNS!!!

Please don’t call us about this again.

OP Dave
KANSAS

landlines on September 1, 2010 at 12:56 PM

parasitic conservative humans are polluting the planet.

James on September 1, 2010 at 4:55 PM

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