10 October 2007

Ezra Channels Malkin

Freaky.

"If a conservative is a liberal who's been mugged, then a progressive is a Republican who's gotten sick."

8 comments:

  1. Yep, freaky.

    Check out www.satiricalpolitical.com to see Sesame Street explain to kids the difference between the 'V-chip' and 'S-chip'

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  2. What's freaky about it, other than the lack of reading comprehension by the agenda-driven lefties? She already pointed out that "there are serious problems with our health insurance system, particularly in the market for individually-purchased (non-group) coverage." She then considered her options and wisely chose an MSA, like any reasonable person would do. She didn't get sick, she just took responsibility for her own health care needs.

    Such a concept is only freaky to liberals, I suppose.

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  3. "...a progressive is a Republican who's gotten sick."

    A Republican is a Republican who has gotten sick in a high-quality free market system with abundant state-of-the-art medical care and doesn't want to get sick anywhere else.

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  4. A progressive is someone who has gotten sick and then blames the government for not doing enough to keep them healthy.

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  5. For what it is worth, I kind of hate these slogans. I'm a liberal because I believe in liberal values, including working together to solve our largest problems and treating all people equally under the law. Other people are conservative because they believe we should address our problems as individuals.

    It irritated me when people claim that if I made more money I'd become conservative or that if I road a bus everyday for a long time, or if I worked with the poor. Fuck off. I believe what I believe.

    There are lots of people who have been the victim of malpractice, who have suffered from weakened labor movement, are weakened public education that remain conservative.

    There my two cents.

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  6. She didn't get sick, she just took responsibility for her own health care needs.

    Such a concept is only freaky to liberals, I suppose.


    Malkin takes the right approach, just as every citizen in every other developed nation in the world does, which is to say, takes care of his own health care needs, never regarding the matter as anything government could or should manage in order that the health care system be run in a more cost-effective and efficient way and that every citizen had access to it, much less consider health care some kind of birthright, you know, like being protected by the police and army or having safe roads, because in every other civilized, developed nation in the world...

    Oh, wait...

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  7. Safe roads are a birthright? Wow, whodathunk?

    A British woman who left Britain to live in Florida instead is telling me that OUR system is inferior? Priceless.

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  8. A British woman who left Britain to live in Florida instead is telling me that OUR system is inferior? Priceless.

    I left England as a six-year-old, Mr. Scalpel, and was led around the Western Hemisphere for a while before settling here when I was still underage. No-one laid out the various differences in health care systems for me, and even if they had, it's not as though I'd have had any choice.

    I am not saying the US system is inferior per se. Indeed, in many respects, American health care is the finest in the world--for those whose talents and abilities and general good fortune combine to provide them with lots and lots of money. And even then, a typical upper-middle class family in the States is, all too often, in the precarious position of being one catastrophic illness or accident away from complete financial ruin.

    For those people, as well as for the working class and artist classes who aren't hedge fund managers or personal injury lawyers or plastic surgeons, the US system of health care does not compare so well to what's offered abroad, even, yes, England, where the NHS leaves much to be desired but at least poor families don't have to rely on the ER for what should have been well-care and middle class families won't go bankrupt if they get into a car accident.

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