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Author: Lux_Report
Date Posted: 2009-07-09
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If You Don't Want the Public Option, Get the Hell Out of the Way
This past weekend, lost in the wall-to-wall Michael Jackson coverage and Sarah Palin goodbye-cruel-world nincompoopery, there was a second round of tea party protests.

They were easy to miss because nobody showed up. But if you happened to have been driving in the vicinity of an evil publicly-funded park, you might've seen two or three Republicans loitering around -- sitting there in the socialized grass, believing that a vigorous protest involves napping in lawn chairs.

While I spent a few moments of my holiday weekend revisiting the irony of anti-socialism protests taking place on socialized park land, it occurred to me that the proposed government-run public health insurance option probably won't cost nearly as much as the CBO is suggesting.

Because clearly there won't be any Republicans signing up for it.

I mean, no Republican would dare sign up for inexpensive, easily portable health insurance. Not when red, white and blue All American for-profit health insurance is available. After all, free market private health insurance will probably continue to be the more expensive option, so that must mean it's the finest insurance, right? Expensive equals good, no? (No. More on that presently.)

And of course none of the Republicans or Blue Dogs in Congress are covered by a government health insurance plan. Except for all of them.

Please explain, conservatives and wingnuts, why you wouldn't seriously consider switching to the public option if it turned out to be more affordable and portable from job to job -- not to mention the fact that you wouldn't be turned down for a preexisting condition; you wouldn't be randomly booted from the plan as soon as you needed it most; and you would never have to worry about health insurance coverage ever again. Employed or unemployed. Sick or healthy.

I find it hard to believe that you, Mr. and Mrs. Wingnut, would defiantly pay more for less reliable insurance if offered a better deal. To pay more for less would be outstandingly backwards. Palin backwards. "Quitter" equals "fighter" backwards.

The fact remains that the only downside to the public option is that it's just too awesome. We don't deserve anything that good. Simply put: it's Medicare, but for anyone who wants it. And this is somehow a nightmare scenario -- one that we must never be allowed to experience even though it would cost much less than our current system, it would cover everyone who wants it, and it would be accountable to the American people. This is somehow a terrible idea. Terrible to the private health insurance mafia, that is. They simply can't allow you to have an affordable public option because they need your financial support. Face it, $1.4 million a day to lobby members of Congress isn't cheap.

The "it's too awesome for your own good" argument was the one we heard from both Republicans and centrist Blue Dog Democrats for several months recently. But now it's back to the good old fashioned socialized-healthcare-is-awful frame, most notably trotted out by Republican minority leader and Deep Space Nine shapeshifter Mitch McConnell, who has been peppering his floor speeches with the tear-jerking story of the one person from Canada who doesn't like her free and universal healthcare.

Imagine that. Free. And this one person hates it so bad, you don't even know!

Too bad there's nothing free and universal in God's non-socialist America. Like roads, police protection, fire departments, public schools, and public parks where we can protest against public programs like funding for parks.

But Mitch McConnell says that in Canada people have to wait for a knee replacement. See now, if I'm getting a free knee replacement surgery without fear of being dropped by my health insurance carrier or having to run up credit card debt in order to cover the co-pay, the co-insurance and the deductible, I want my damn knee replacement yesterday.

Waiting eight weeks (the average wait time) for a free Canadian knee replacement surgery is eight weeks too long. In America, I can have my knee surgery over lunch, yes? Of course I have to pay more for such a convenience. And I'm participating in an enterprise that could easily screw me out of the coverage entirely. But I can have my surgery whenever I want it. (Actually, it's about a 21 day wait.)

We sometimes hear a similar argument from rednecks who outright refuse to own a "faggy" fuel efficient car even though they're more affordable in nearly every way. But, you know, maybe I'm wrong and the ability to haul a cord of wood and to disguise their impotence with an optical illusion of enormous genitalia is worth the extra cash they're borrowing from various credit card companies to pay for all of that Middle Eastern gasoline. It's this brand of ignorance and defiance that's holding us back in so many ways, be it in terms of healthcare or green industrial development or education. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Fox News have convinced too many of us that "smart, free and affordable" is un-American -- and that "oversized, unhealthy and expensive" is patriotic.

Yet people in Canada and Europe aren't dropping dead from a lack of affordable healthcare. They're being treated for the same illnesses we are, and with similar quality of care for approximately two-thirds the cost of our system.

However people are, in fact, dropping dead here due to a lack of affordable, reliable healthcare. They're being abandoned on the street. They're being denied coverage and care. They're going bankrupt and losing everything just because they had the bad luck of losing their job and then getting sick. And the Republicans are telling us that this is the best system ever, even though our infant mortality rate ranks 29th , our life expectancy ranks 42nd (so much for "pro life") and our healthcare spending is the highest among industrialized nations.

We have an opportunity to turn all of that around, though, with a strong public health insurance option. In fact, 70 percent of us want it. But if certain wingnuts and Republicans don't want affordable, guaranteed health insurance, then they don't have to sign up. They're welcome to continue to defiantly roll the dice with their private plans. And good luck with that, by the way. Just don't punish the rest of us with this self-defeating Palin-ish ignorance.




1) http://www.bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2009/07/another_reason_3.html
2) http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/dana-bash-centers-canadian-health-care-sto
3) http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/331/16/1068
4) http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2008/r081015.htm

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COMMENTS     Posted: 7    Pending: 0

By Member: 2014-06-30

Gr8 stuff. What a charade these Repugs & Obama Democrats and Wall Street Cabal are playing us :(
What brain dead People are American people to fall for these SCAMS :(

By Member: 2014-06-30

Gr8 stuff. What a charade these Repugs & Obama Democrats and Wall Street Cabal are playing us :(
What brain dead People are American people to fall for these SCAMS :(

By Member: 2014-06-30

Gr8 stuff. What a charade these Repugs & Obama Democrats and Wall Street Cabal are playing us :(
What brain dead People are American people to fall for these SCAMS :(

By Member: Real_News 2009-07-15

Yet another lunatic Republican wrote:

Our Nation was NOT FOUNDED on these grounds. What hapened to hard work and self preservation, taking care of our own? When did the Government decide that we the people "Needed to be taken care of , and can't make our own choices and decisions?" I also think that; I don't want to take care of the "unkown person" who is sitting on the sofa eating bon bons and watching soap operas all day!!!!!


Response:

When we started paying about 40% of our income in Taxes.
And more importantly when the Europeans, and the rest of the developed World, started providing its people with Universal health care and many other Social services for their Taxes thus making US businesses not able to compete against them as best exampled by US auto makers going bankrupt while German auto makers are doing great because they have Universal health care in Germany so German Auto companies health care costs are ZERO.

Simply put too many US businesses, and thus people, cannot compete in today's Global economy where ALL Developed nations have Universal health care but US as a result of which US businesses, and people, are paying on average per person $12,000 per year* for actual cost of health care, on top of the Taxes that we pay, whereas European, Canadian, etc. businesses, and people, are paying an average of $600 per year for total health care on top of the Taxes that they pay.

And to his point that:
"I also think that; I don\'t want to take care of the "unkown person\" who is sitting on the sofa eating.."

Then in that case I do not want to pay for your Military protection, or Police protection, or Fire protection, or access to National parks, etc...

* This is the monthly cost of health insurance in US plus the exorbitant (and criminal) fees known as co-pay and deductibles on top of the monthly cost of health insurance.

By Member: Real_News 2009-07-15

Another lunatic Republican wrote:

Never before has the American economy looked so grim... personal accountability and the American dream is being flushed down the toilet by socialism.

Response:

How much are you paid by the Big health insurance and Big pharma to write this utter non-sense?
Or are you so brain washed by the lies of the agents of Big health insurance and Big pharma, that is lying slime bags like Limbaugh, Hannety, Beck, Wall Street Journal, Fox Tv, etc. that you have no ability to deal with facts?

So according to you lunatics Europe is Socialist because all European countries have real Universal health care? Then if that is the case then socialism must be great since their economies are doing much better than US economy as EVIDENT by Euro being so much more valuable than US Dollar, or as evident by European car makers such as VW, BMW, etc. doing great while US Auto makers are bankrupt due to health care obligations.

By Member: Real_News 2009-07-15

A lunatic Republican wrote in response to universal health care:

"The death of our economy is near!"

To which the I responded:

If we continue with our current for profit bankrupting health insurance system the death of our economy is FOR SURE near. That is why EVERY other developed country in the World, and many developing too, have Universal (single payer) health care system and that is why European economies are doing so much better than US economy as evident by Euro being so much more valuable than US Dollar as evident by health care taking 8% of GDP in European countries where every one has health care for free, for the Taxes that they pay and ZERO European are going bankrupt due to health care costs while in US 2Million, that is 2Million, went bankrupt last year due to health care costs!

Truly only a lunatic or agents of Big insurance companies, Big pharma, etc. would be for the current health care system in US and not for a universal health care system as they have in REST of the developed world. BY the agents of Big insurance companies, Big pharma, etc.meaning the right-wing Media in the US who have brain washed so many to be so lunatic as to be for the current health care system in US that is making the rich and Wall Street richer and bankrupting the Middle class.



By Member: 2014-06-30

Gr8 stuff. What a charade these Repugs & Obama Democrats and Wall Street Cabal are playing us :(
What brain dead People are American people to fall for these SCAMS :(

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