Monday, August 3, 2009

Health Care - Scratch n' Sniff Bad Faith

Scratch a right-wing argument against publicly-funded health care and it gives off a distinctive smell, namely:

1) It is rare to encounter a right-wing argument against what they label "socialized" health care that doesn't translate, term for term, into an equally valid argument against privately-funded health insurance. Very nearly everything they rage against in the prospect of tax-funded health care happens as a matter of daily routine among private insurers and those they insure.

2) It is even rarer -- indeed, I would say rare to the point of non-existent -- to encounter a right-wing argument against what they label "socialized" health care that doesn't translate, term for term, into an equally valid argument against the Veteran's Administration, Medicare, and Medicaid. And yet, curiously enough, Republicans and "Blue Dogs" are unwilling to vote those "socialistic" programs out of existence when given the chance.

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