2010-04-04

Krauthammered

I got most recent issue of Time in the mail yesterday and boy is it a doozy. In addition to the cover article about Steve Jobs and the iPad (what looks like it amounts to the PR equivalent of a hand job for the most popular kid in class) they included a quote from Charles Krauthammer on the Verbatim page for the current issue. ( The whole issue can be found many places all over the Internet.)


The excerpt is:

American liberals have long complained that ours is the only advanced industrial country without universal health care. Well, now we shall have it. And as we approach European levels of entitlements, we will need European levels of taxation.


I have a few issues with this and the first is: it's not accurate. This is a typical trick of right-wing commentators who try to indicate that universal health care comes in one flavor; the flavor provided by the likes of England and Canada. This is just not true. Go ask Germany and Japan.


Second, What is wrong with making sure that everyone has access to health care? As a nation we don't charge for basic education or public safeties like fire protection or the law enforcement. Why do we not provide for people to be healthy? What does that say about us as a nation?


Third, why do these ideas have to live in a reality distortion field where neither side will talk honestly and openly about it? I understand that this is not an issue specific to health care but I feel like this is something important for our country. When people are allowed to die and/or go broke because they can't afford to stay healthy is akin to allowing someone's house to burn down because they can't afford to pay the firefighters or allow a child to not learn to read because they can't afford to pay to go to school.


Morally it is just wrong and now that the law has passed Krautie sounds like one of my kids who didn't get their way and has decided to mouth off while he's pouting.


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