[hat tip to Stephen V.]
One of the wonderful things about the internet is the speed with which information can be available. Another wonderful thing is the ability of a few people to cut to the chase and help large numbers of people understand relationships that otherwise would be hidden and esoteric.
But that benefit of the internet is lost when there is lots of money pushing an ideological agenda without much (if any) regard for truth. IN health care reform, there has been a lot of propaganda and not much real analysis. Sarah Palin has continued her odyssey from small state governor to stirrer of the passions with half-truths and outright untruths (her "death panels" analysis of the House health care reform bill is an outright falsehood). Sen. Grassley has claimed the role of arbiter of health care reform legislation, but represents a tiny minority of the country and plays the propaganda game down to mimicing the rabble-rousing misinformation from Sara Palin, talking about deciding whether grandma will live or die.
In the meantime, big money is circulating to ensure that the outcome of the "debate" favors--guess who, Big Money. So take a gander at the health care reform lobby-tracking post at Huffington Post back in July and a chart from "our future.org" showing the way right-wing money and operatives are shaping the health care reform debate. Or just enjoy the chart, below--with the caveat that the chart does include some assumptions about whose paying for what, as described in the Huffington Post entry.