Posts Tagged Health Care Reform
Fox disgusts me. Obama should have walked out. His adept handling of Baier reflected a lifetime of experience dealing with White folks who can’t muster an ounce of respect for a Black man of superior intelligence and authority.
Fox News’ Bret Baier interrupted President Obama so many times during Wednesday’s interview that Newsweek described the encounter as a “interrupt-a-thon.” – Huffington Post
I remember eight long years of listening to Hannity, O’Reilly et. al. tell us how unpatriotic is to show disrespect for the President of the United States.
Posted by in This Blog on November 9, 2009
The President of the United States demeaned himself and the office of the Presidency by using an extremely offensive term (tea-bag) ,referring to a lude sex act, to describe his critics.
From the New York Times Blog Prescriptions:
“Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit” Democratic voters “and it will encourage the extremists.”
I’m sure oneutah readers are well aware of this term and it’s intended meaning towards the tea party movement.
It’s one thing for low lives like Janeane Garofalo to use this vile term but for the President to use it shows he too has no class.
Would you be happy if:
My sister was recently telling me about an Oprah segment about Denmark, the happiest people in the world. Denmark ranked top on the list of happiest countries in a study by sociologists at the University of Leicester. Oprah wanted to find out why the Danes are such happy people. Here’s what she learned.
For the past 30 years, scientific researchers and survey results have all reached the same conclusion—Danes are consistently happier than the rest of the world.
Homelessness, poverty and unemployment are also extremely rare in this nation of 5.5 million people. If you lose your job, Nanna says the government continues to pay up to 90 percent of your salary for four years. And not to worry…healthcare is free for everyone.
Women typically get six to 12 months in paid maternity leave. And, when it’s time to go to college, citizens get paid to go the universities.
On the map of happiness, the U.S. is 23rd, below Switzerland, Austria, all the Scandinavian countries, below Canada – you know, below all those socialist countries.
Socialism. That ugly word that means taking money from the rich and giving to the poor. The word that causes great frowns and lines in the faces of Republicans. They’re definitely not happy if you start talking about healthcare for everyone. Outrageous thought, isn’t it? Healthcare for everyone?
It all depends on your priorities. As a society we deem certain things important enough that we require all members of society to help support them financially. Things like schools, highways, police, firefighters. And things like General Motors and banks too big to fail.
But not healthcare for everyone. We draw the line there.
The Leicester study said, “Further analysis showed that a nation’s level of happiness was most closely associated with health levels (correlation of .62), followed by wealth (.52), and then provision of education”
In the U.S. we make wealth a priority. And we take care of education, K through 12 anyway. But we are shamefully unwilling to address the healthcare needs of ALL American citizens. It is unfathomable to me that we have such a discriminatory system that provides the best healthcare for our elected leaders and for government workers, but it’s a crap shoot for everyone else, many with high premiums and deductibles, an unbelievable number with no insurance at all, and even the well-insured driven to bankruptcy–the double jeopardy of being struck by a catastophic illness in the U.S.
As I listen to the debate over healthcare and whether or not there will be a public option, I try to imagine what our country would be like if we adopted the policies and attitudes of Denmark. What a different country it would be. It sounds like a place I’d like to live. Then I look around at all those frowning conservative Republicans, and I realize, we have no chance of being the happiest country in the world.
If you haven’t already seen it, Jon Stewart took a look at life in Sweden, another one of those “happy” countries.
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This recent discussion (if you can call it that) about government run health insurance (the liars call it “government run health care”) has involved a process of deep denial on the part of the Party of ‘No.’
I asked Brewski yesterday, which government run services he would like to live without. Nobody seems to want to answer that question. The hypocrisy is unyielding.
My daughter-in-law sent me a link to this article from The Back of the Napkin Blog that sums up the health care debate in terms anyone can understand.
For those who are worried about tax increases, consider this:
If I am presently employed and covered, I will pay more for insurance under all proposed plans.
So why should we reform insurance? Because health care costs are already bankrupting the country and if we do nothing now, it’s going to cost much more very soon.
The writers sum it up very nicely for us:
When all is said and done, there are really only three essential questions we need to ask ourselves in order to know how we should individually feel about insurance reform: first, should paying for our health be a profit-driven business? Second, since change is coming no matter what, how do we want to pay for it: as profits for insurance company shareholders or as taxes to the government? Third, will we be better off by continuing to shout at each other, or by listening and thinking?
Two things to remember: one, it is neurobiologically impossible to shout and think at the same time. Two, there are influential parties in this debate who do not want us to listen or think. Ask yourself who stands to gain the most by encouraging us not to think, and you’ll know which option you are for.
This WaPo op-ed is good too.
Oh, and I’m back.
Update: With 2 hours of this posting last night there were over 5000 comments. As of now 8am MDT, there are almost 12,000 comments. This is exceptionally unusual.
These officials said participants were on track to exclude a requirement many congressional Democrats seek for large businesses to offer coverage to their workers. Nor would there be a provision for a government insurance option, despite President Barack Obama’s support for such a plan.