“Are we really still debating health care when a man brings a handgun to a church where the President is speaking?”Monday, August 17, 2009
Posted in: American Politics
On Twitter a couple of days ago, MsMichelleR linked to a column on the Huffington Post, which pointed to a piece by Katie Couric, were she denounced all the scaremongering that’s been going on, re the proposed healthcare reforms in the US.
Katie Couric denounced the “fear and frankly ignorance” that is driving people to town-hall forums on health care in her “Notebook” segment.
She expressed alarm that the debate has stirred up a hornet’s nest and has “uncovered disturbing attitudes and emotions that have nothing to do with policy. Are we really still debating health care when a man brings a handgun to a church where the President is speaking?
How does a swastika spray-painted on a Congressman’s office further a discussion about Medicare?
These are tough and challenging times and lots of people are scared about their jobs and the economy. But we can’t let fear and frankly ignorance – drown out the serious debate that needs to take place – about an issue that affects the lives of millions of people.
It’s time for everyone to take a deep breath and to focus on the task at hand before this sideshow drowns out the main event.”
Fox News found the one pseudo-British politician who was quite happy to denounce the NHS. This man is a member of the European Parliament (MEP), which quite frankly means that not many people had a clue who he was. We know who Daniel Hannan is now though, and his comments have come as an embarrassment to Conservative leader, David Cameron.
By the way, the conservatives over here, aren’t the same as the Republicans in the US, because as far as I’m concerned, they definitely seem to have more of a sense of perspective than American conservatives do. In fact, dare I say a lot of Republicans in America seem to have more in common with the BNPs over here. Which is not a good thing. (I aint linking to them.)
Cameron was forced to come out and defend our NHS, after Hannan told Fox News that he “wouldn’t wish the NHS on anybody”.
Hannan’s remarks sparked a furious Twitter Campaign, where Brits went online on Wednesday, to defend the NHS from attacks in America.
The Republicans are so desperate to stop this debate from happening, that they even duped two British women into their ad campaign:
Two British women who feature in a US campaign opposing Obama’s healthcare reforms have said their views on the NHS were “misrepresented”.
Katie Brickell and Kate Spall, who appear in adverts for Conservatives for Patients’ Rights (CPR), said they supported state-funded healthcare despite their descriptions of poor NHS treatment forming the centrepiece of Republican opposition.
Ms Spall, whose mother died of kidney cancer while waiting for treatment, and Ms Brickell, who had cervical cancer diagnosed after being refused a smear test because of her age, appear in the adverts saying they were let down by the NHS.
Both have now said that they were told they were being interviewed for a documentary analyzing healthcare reform – neither was aware that the footage was to be used for right-wing advertisements.
Listen, I’ve said plenty of times that the NHS isn’t perfect, but for those people who cannot afford to go private, it’s an absolute lifeline. I have a close relative who has been undergoing cancer treatments on the NHS for the last two years, and the care has been absolutely brilliant. Without the NHS, her choice would have been bankruptcy or death.
Katie Couric is so right, how can this be considered a debate when people are waving swastika banners and guns around. I mean come, how can anybody condone that shit? It’s just embarrassing.
I truly want to understand, why there is such hysteria over this issue? Whatever happened to having a proper debate, and letting all sides speak, using facts to make their arguments, rather than resorting to scaremongering tactics?
My favourite Twitter quote was by @MaliciousMel:
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.
Margaret and Helen have a great blogpost up discussing the hysteria that seems to have overtaken the US of late, entitled I remember an America Where Black Men Didn’t Grow up to be President.
Here’s a snippet to whet your appetite:
I remember that America. In that America people screaming at public gatherings were called out for what they were – an angry mob. Of course, they wore sheets to cover up their bad hair.
Let’s be clear about something: if you show up to a town hall meeting with a gun strapped to your leg, the point you are trying to make isn’t a good one. Fear never produced anything worthwhile.
And what’s all this crap about killing your grandmother? Are you people honestly that stupid? This has become less an argument about healthcare reform and more a statement about our failed education system.
Margaret, I don’t know what plans you’ve made up there with Howard, but down here with Harold, we have living wills to determine how we will leave this world when the time comes. Mine states that unless the feeding tube is large enough for a piece of pie, I don’t want to be hooked up to it. Harold, of course, says his can only be connected to him if the other end is connected to a bottle of single malt scotch.
I truly love those ladies.