What could have been described as the day of bad speech hell, the political stage yesterday offered long winded rants, economic ignorance, ill informed Senators, sleeping on the job, and a recommendation for those who can not afford health care that will not be winning any humanitarian awards any time soon.falling asleep on the job, literally.
But it wasn't just the Republicans that seemed to be having a bad day. Next up, we haveKent Conrad who bumbled an attempt to discredit state sponsored universal health care and showed his utter lack of knowledge in the foreign relations department when he stated that “...in many countries they have universal coverage. They contain costs effectively. They have high-quality outcomes, in fact higher than ours. They're not government-run systems in Germany, in Japan, in Switzerland, in France, in Belgium -- all of them contain costs, have universal coverage, have very high quality care and yet are not government-run systems.”
Some how the esteemed Senator seems to have overlooked the fact that most of those nations have a tremendous amount of government involvement and in some cases, such as France and Japan, the state provides universal health care coverage directly for its citizens. That sounds like a “government-run system” to me. So we see how successful a government ran system can be and that is why we should not have it? What was his point again?
All in all, I think this shows the Republican conservative lack of compassion. As some have commented, their basic view is that if you can not afford it then you simply do not deserve it and that holds true even for the very basics of survival including health care in their world view.
At the end of the day a casual observer has to be seriously worried about those in leadership positions, particularly in the Republican party. And I do not know about you, but personally the thought of a world ran by Eric Cantor and Sarah Palin scares the living daylights out of me. It is now just a matter of “wait and see” to see whether or not President Obama can push past this rhetoric and callousness of his opponents and get this country going in the right direction although I am not yet confident in the government's ability to finally do the right thing and provide true universal health care coverage for every single citizen