I could have added ‘corrupt’, or ‘bought and paid for by private health corps’, but that practically goes without saying in American politics today. The latest bolus of batshit craziness comes from that paragon of lowbrow gruntertainment, Sarah Palin. This excerpt came from a CNN report:
“”And who will suffer the most when they ration care?” she wrote. “The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”
Hot damn, of course! That’s what Obama has been planning all along! I bet he sat down with his advisors one day and said, ‘Y`know, we really need to do something evil, just to make sure Amurrica knows that we can outdo the Bushes at anything…I know! – lets put together a healthcare reform package which rations out treatment and sticks Downs Syndrome sufferers at the end of the queue! Yeah, I can already see our poll ratings rocketing….’
Which is what Palin and the rest of the knuckledragging rightwingers believe, or rather have been stoked and pumped and urged and blanket-hysterialised by Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and the rest to believe. I look and I listen to the frenzied mania over national health provision and I thank god-or-whoevers-in-charge that I live here in Great Britain. Thank god that after WW2 the electorate had the innate rational, good sense to do away with private health, that the Attlee government persisted with enacting the provisions of the Beveridge Report. Here’s a snippet from the Wikipedia page:
In the aftermath of the Second World War, Clement Attlee’s Labour government created the National Health Service, based on the proposals of the Beveridge Report , prepared in 1942. A White Paper was published in 1943 and was followed by considerable debate and resistance, organised by the British Medical Association, with the final BMA ballot in May 1948 showing GPs and hospital doctors in England against the new service. The structure of the NHS in England and Wales was established by the National Health Service Act 1946 (1946 Act) with the new arrangements launched on 5 July 1948. This was driven by health and housing minister Aneurin Bevan. The founding principles of the NHS called for its funding out of general taxation and not through national insurance.
Services would henceforth be provided by the same doctors and the same hospitals, but:
services were provided free at the point of use;
services were financed from central taxation;
everyone was eligible for care (even people temporarily resident or visiting the country).
The NHS is a collective decision, a collective recognition that someone living down the road that you dont even know has the right to free hospital treatment. The right to be cured, the right to be helped, the right to succour. The enemies of Single-Payer in the USA do not want those rights for ordinary Americans. Deluded, clutching their Stalinist fantasies about ‘socialised medecine’ to their chests, these people are the enemies of the poor and the sick, nothing less. Sure, no system is perfect – we regularly hear stories about failures in care under the NHS, but the stories that come out of America detailing the pain and suffering and heartbreaking anguish inflicted on those with no money, or those whose health insurer decide to frak with their lives just to make a buck, makes my blood boil.
And if Obama’s reforms fail? Well, when Gore was cheated out of the presidency I was sure that there would be uprisings, same with Kerry. But, de nada, nothing, zip. And so it probably will be with this – I hope that Americans will not meekly allow the wealthy and their demonic corporations to kick them back down into the gutter. We`ll see.