It really disgusts me when I see what so-called conservative propaganda does to otherwise moral, compassionate human beings. The people who believe the propaganda are turned into raving lunatics who scream that the government needs to keep its hands out of their health care. Funny that these were many of the same people who screamed that the government needs to regulate abortions not so very long ago. They also don’t seem to grasp the concept that Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA are government-run programs.
Here are two quotes that I’d like you to read:
If this program passes, one of these years we will tell our children and our children’s children what it was like in American when men were free.
One of the traditional methods of imposing statism, or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.
Do these quotes sound familiar? Do they remind you of the rhetoric that the conservatives spew forth when talking about the current health care reform debate? Yes, they do sound like that, but they’re not. They are quotes of Ronald Reagan from about fifty years ago when the debate was about Medicare. Isn’t it terrible how the US quickly slid into the depths of socialism and fascism back then? Oh, wait; that didn’t happen, did it? The debate may change, but the tactics of the conservatives (with corporate interests foremost in their hearts) never do.
I’m disgusted by the sheer inhumanity of those who are screaming about things they honestly don’t understand. I’m talking about the immorality; the brutal disregard of the suffering of thousands of people in our own country, all in the name of a few talking points that the screamers can’t even explain, let alone back up with an argument. The saddest part of all is that the bulk of these people are Christian conservatives who claim the moral high ground in the first place. Hypocrites piss me the fuck off.
Hey, YOU! Yes, you with the “keep your hands off my health care” sign. Put the sign down, sit down, shut the fuck up, and open your mind for a few minutes. First: You’re being lied to by the people you’re supposed to be able to trust. Second: what you’re doing is inexcusable in the extreme. Third: If you don’t understand what the debate is really all about, you’d better do some fucking research.
What happens when you don’t have insurance in the US? What if you would like to get insurance, but the insurance companies refuse to sell it to you? Check out Stephanie’s post “The Face of Insurance Denial” where you’ll read a bit about Beatrix, the beautiful little girl in the video below.
If you think about Beatrix the way the insurance companies do, you’re a pathetic excuse for a human being. I keep telling people this, but many of them don’t seem to be able to grasp it: The insurance companies don’t give a shit about you! They are in the business for one reason, and one reason only: to make money. If you can’t be used to generate profit for them, they have no use for you.
There are a lot more stories out there about how health insurance, or lack thereof, affects our lives. Bethany, Beatrix’s mom, has “More on Health Care”, which she posted just yesterday.
Greg Laden told us yesterday, “I am one pissed off m@f$@#ker.” He had an encounter at the Minnesota State Fair with a couple who apparently thought it best for those who can’t afford health insurance to curl up and die in a corner somewhere. Of course, the couple really didn’t understand anything about the issue. They only memorized the word “socialism”, and know to equate that word with bad things. Greg also lets us know that “If You Get Sick, It’s Your Own Fault”. That’s right; all us people who get sick need to suck it up, and if we can’t afford to pay for health care, then curl up somewhere and die. that’s what all you conservatives are telling us, isn’t it?
Mike Haubrich reminds us that the greed of the health insurance companies is not the only thing driving up the cost of health care in this country, with his article “Would Tort Reform Fix the Problem of Health Care Costs?”. Medical malpractice insurance costs are astronomical. If you want to know why there are so many physicians associated with big clinics, but few who are actually independent practitioners, this is one of the reasons.
On Sunday, PalMD gave us all a little insight into what the conservatives would apparently like to see health care in the US become. They’re all for the free market and capitalism to keep things running smoothly, right? Check out “China—a (medical) capitalist paradise” to get a glimpse of what the conservatives (and libertarians too, it seems) are really working toward when it comes to your health, whether they know and acknowledge it or not. PalMD also has other posts about health care reform, in which he debunks lies that the astroturfers are spreading, and talks about things no one else seems to want to talk about.
Zuska is often a bitter pill to swallow. I admit that I’m not often fond of her posts, but when she’s absolutely right, I feel compelled to tell the world that Zuska is absolutely fucking right! She talks about covered benefits that aren’t. She asks the question, “Who Needs Health Insurance When You Can Sponsor A Car Wash?!?!” when a young woman who was shot by some sick fuck at a health club had to have her medical bills paid by funds raised at a car wash by friends and family because she didn’t have insurance. She lets us know that “The Young and Healthy Don’t Need to Waste Their Money On Health Insurance!!!!” She even lets us know about her Car Wash article being picked up by Change.org, providing still more insight into the issue. With each article, she’s hitting the nail on the fucking head.
Not quite two weeks ago, Roger Ebert posted an excellent entry in his own journal, entitled “I’m safe on board. Pull up the life rope”. In his post, Roger explains that yes, it is socialized medicine, and that yes, it is socialism, and that no, those words are not anathema to life in these United States.
In essence, I’d like for those who think health care doesn’t need reforming to pull their heads out of their collective asses for at least a few minutes so they can get enough oxygen to their brains. Now use a few of those brain cells to actually think about the issue. Don’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh spew off about how evil President Obama is, and how the administration wants to kill off the elderly with their “death panels”. That’s bullshit, and I, for one, have seen and smelled enough of it.