Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Republican Health Care Plan

8 comments:

me said...

Aren't you glad that we have a Care Mobile in this community? No child is ever turned away due to inability to pay.



The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

alice said...

Very glad. Chattanoogans who haven't already signed up really need to go help out the good folks over at the Ronald McDonald House! Either that or send them a few bucks -- 100% the money raised here goes to local programs!

John said...

That story was so sad. Our health care priorities are really screwed up when cheap, routine care is unavailable for so many people, who have to rely on emergency care instead.

smijer said...

err... thanks, I think?

Keera said...

I fail to see how the Republicans are to blame. This is old news: Americans who are poor cannot afford basic health care. That's been a fact for generations. Even my grandma, who had been living in Norway for over 30 years, had this so hardwired in her mind, that she was sure she had to pay the hospital bill herself in a country with nationalized medicine.



It is a crime and a shame that many do not see dental care as part of overall health and medical care - not even in Norway. Teeth are the only body part that gets singled out like that.

alice said...

Did you follow the first link? The short story: the idea of universal health care has been raised many times in the US Congress, and it's been blocked by republican lawmakers every time, no matter what form it takes.

RW said...

Apparently, if someone dies from an abscessed tooth, you're an a-hole if you don't support Democratic legislation. The old "Republicans kill, Democrats save" mantra. That's some high-minded reasoning you've got going on there, Alice, & gives great pause to the notion that folks on the left rely on emotion instead of logic. Er....

Keera said...

Yabbut, it's still an old attitude. Granted, the only time we got something from the government, it was thanks to a Democrat (Johnson and Medicare, for instance) - so that idea's old, too. The way your post was worded, it sounds like it's something new that one party consistently wants the government to spend money (on whatever) and one party consistently doesn't.



I see something else: An old attitude in America that government just isn't supposed to get even bigger and get that personal with people (FDR was called a commie, after all), and I find it hard to believe that all Democrats are totally comfortable with such a dramatic change in American habitual thinking.



I think if this is to be debated, one first has to take a look at the long-standing habit of American skepticism to Big Government and love of individual freedom, not party lines. There's a reason why the US is nowhere near as socialistic as Europe, even when the Dems are in power.