If you want proof that American right wingers are essentially behaving like lunatics in the face of Obama’s promised health care reform, look no further:
Apparently health care isn’t a ‘natural born right’.
I’ve had a regular commentator on my blog and Twitter suggest that the right wing is objecting to the cost of health care reform, and where it’ll actually hit, rather than where Obama says it’ll hit. What’s clear to me however is that the real battle is on the principle of public provision of medicine. The wing nuts like Glenn Beck say it’s a bad thing, and their minions (like the mad lady above) don’t consider for a moment that 45 million people who can’t afford access to health care is something the United States should be ashamed of.
Meanwhile Obama’s getting it in the neck for verging on not being a transformational enough leader, but the wounds of 1994 run deep. Are the Democrats running scared of themselves or the right wing? If the right wing they really do need to remember that Obama ran with this as part of his platform, which was endorsed by a significant majority of the US. Consensus is one thing, leadership is another. As Jon Stewart pointed out, the Bush administration convinced the country to wage a war it neither wanted nor needed; why is going ahead with his plan so difficult for Obama now?
If you have guaranteed emergency room care for the uninsured at public expense, you have already effectively socialized medicine. It makes no sense not to bring these people into the insurance system, and to offer less expensive, long-term preventive healthcare. To insist that ideology stand in the way of this piece of compassionate common sense is irresponsible.
I’ve come to accept that the fiscal and economic costs of the current system, however wonderful it has been for a few decades, simply cannot be sustained much longer. I say that not because I have become a socialist, but because the US is on the brink of the kind of bankruptcy it will be very hard to recover from if we do not tackle its source now. Taking measures to avoid fiscal collapse even greater than today’s is a conservative impulse. Letting one sector of the economy destroy the rest of it – and public finances too – is sheer recklessness.
What do you want, GOP? A permanent populist culture-war? Or actual solutions to pressing problems? Let us know when you’ve matured enough to answer that question.