Saturday, July 28, 2012


No! It can’t be! The Olympics have been in the works for years! Their solute to the NHS seems calculated to point-out that the US is the only major industrialized nation that doesn’t care for all its citizens when they are sick!

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From Wikimedia via The Atlantic
If the didn’t intend it, then the fact that the announcers pointed it out during their commentary on the coverage certainly did. I fail to see what is so bad about covering EVERYONE with one, simple, easy to understand plan. Hell we even cover every congressman! If we can cover the most useless portion of our population, why can we not cover everyone!?

But the right keeps prattling on about how we’re not socialist and how we should work for what we get or some such nonsense. It is not that we have no coverage for the poor. They already get their healthcare provided. They get REALLY sick, walk into an emergency room and get treated for free and the hospital gladly passes that cost on to the rest of us in the form of MUCH higher fees for our treatment. If we are going to cover the poor anyway, we should consider covering them is something other than the least efficient way possible, we should do it in a way that helps them stay healthy and doesn’t demean them for needing the healthcare.

Or, perhaps the right just liked the fact that as we were walking around the arena last night we were in the company of almost every third-world county on that floor. And that is not a compliment to third-world countries. They, perhaps cannot afford to – or do not know the benefit of – universal health coverage. The United States can claim no such incapacity or ignorance. We know how beneficial health care is (or we would not constantly lie to our population; claiming to have ‘the best health care in the world’) and we can obviously afford it.

Is it that we are so afraid to be likened to the UK or the Russian confederation that we gladly group ourselves in with the Congo and India? What is the old saying about ‘the company you keep?’ As long as we cannot provide quality health care for all, we continue to be less than the exceptional world-power that the right would have you believe they want us to be.

Health Care Is A Basic Human Right!

Wherever you are today I hope that you the health coverage that you need.

Don Bergquist – July 28 2012 – Kensington, Minnesota, USA

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