Monday, August 17, 2009

Again: Why Paul Krugman is Such a Voice of Sanity

He explains the true nature of President Obama's proposed health care reform here. And he once again skewers right-wing nonsense. Excerpt:

It was the blooper heard round the world. In an editorial denouncing Democratic health reform plans, Investor’s Business Daily tried to frighten its readers by declaring that in Britain, where the government runs health care, the handicapped physicist Stephen Hawking “wouldn’t have a chance,” because the National Health Service would consider his life “essentially worthless.”

Professor Hawking, who was born in Britain, has lived there all his life, and has been well cared for by the National Health Service, was not amused.

Besides being vile and stupid, however, the editorial was beside the point. Investor’s Business Daily would like you to believe that Obamacare would turn America into Britain — or, rather, a dystopian fantasy version of Britain. The screamers on talk radio and Fox News would have you believe that the plan is to turn America into the Soviet Union. But the truth is that the plans on the table would, roughly speaking, turn America into Switzerland — which may be occupied by lederhosen-wearing holey-cheese eaters, but wasn’t a socialist hellhole the last time I looked

Heh heh. Read the whole thing.


Anonymous said...

Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. A good friend from England went to his doctor, because he wasn't feeling well. The doctor discover he needed heart bypass surgery. He was scheduled for the operation 3 weeks later. He died in week 2. My wife's best friend living in Belgium contracted Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion needed when she was giving birth to her child. Because there is no cure, Belgium does not treat Hep C, so she comes to the U.S. for treatment. Government controlled health care leads to long lines, rationing, and higher costs. We should fix what's wrong with our system, not destroy it to be like Europe's.

Joseph said...

Higher costs?? Are you serious?? The U.S. already pays DOUBLE PER CAPITA what Britain, France, or Canada pay for health care. And go look up "cancer survival rates" on Google. They are HIGHER in Britain than in the U.S.