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It is pretty hard to believe that the Bush administration has been fighting against SCHIP funding. Y’know, SCHIP, the program that provides health insurance to poor children? Seems like that would be political suicide. But then again, politically speaking, Bush has spent the last year lying passed out on the floor, with the empty bottle of sleeping pills next to him (except that somehow, those pills never seem to finish the job).
As a result, other right-wingers have jumped into the battle against medicine for poor kids: denouncing socialism, lauding the Brave American Health Care System, and making bald lies about how badly nationalized health care sucks in other countries. To counteract that, there’s a nice thread on the subject over at Pandagon where Americans share their horror stories, and several folks in other countries tell about their experiences with the “horrors” of socialized medicine. Short version: Americans pay hundreds or thousands a month to private insurers with bureacracy and mixed results, if they can even get covered. Many Americans are deemed “too sick” to get health insurance, for all the sense that makes. In contrast, the European and Australian commenters at Pandagon pay less that $100 a month (in taxes) for health insurance and get full coverage. They may have to wait months for elective surgeries, but if they want, they can pay extra for private insurance and have it taken care of quickly. Yeah, sucks to be them.
But I thought of a good counterargument to fight for the nutjobs who are badmouthing against the SCHIP program, one that sets their priorities against each other.
“If we don’t get health insurance for those poor kids, how will they grow up to be big and strong enough to fight in Iraq ten years from now?”
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