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  •  Shill (3+ / 0-)

    You're making up a new meaning for the word.  It actually means someone paid to advocate for.  Wikipedia, for example:

    A shill, plant, or stooge is a person who publicly helps a person or organization without disclosing that he has a close relationship with that person or organization. Shill typically refers to someone who purposely gives onlookers the impression that he is an enthusiastic independent customer of a seller (or marketer of ideas) for whom he is secretly working.  {emphasis added}
    Here on Daily Kos, I got called a shill for big pharma during one of my rare forays into discussion of health care reform when the protracted legislative process was consuming most of 2009.  And I don't benefit from it in any way, save that a member of my household was able to BUY insurance under the pre-existing condition plan set up by ACA (and that happened yet, at the time.)  Nor am I close to or affiliated with anyone ...

    I think it's lazy to just label people as shills.  

    I also think the Obama Administration brought some of this trouble on.  First, by not twisting arms harder (Joe Lieberman shouldn't have kept his committee chair for announcing he would filibuster expansion of Medicare just months after advocating it, for one example.)

    And after the law passed they did a piss poor job on public education about its benefits.  For example, people mostly don't even know about the new group plan for pre-existing conditions.  When BushII passed the prescription drug benefit for Medicare, there was a publicity blitz about it:  what it was, who it would help, how to sign up for it, &c.  With that kind of attention to it, there would have been better media coverage, too.

    Grab all the joy you can. (exmearden 8/10/09)

    by Land of Enchantment on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 03:00:51 AM PDT

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