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High Provincialism vs the Universal


Breakfast-prayer Conservatives are against Universal Healthcare, because

they are feral individualists incapable of accommodation, with personal rights

to the Gospel.


They say Social Care leads to godless Socialism, so that understandably God forbids it

and they must fight it..


Talk about circular, pocket book caressing reasoning, that is if one can call it reasoning.




Czech Cheers

The Czech Public Health Ministry was in a panic, scientists could not tell them what was going on, perhaps the atmosphere, perhaps acid rain, perhaps colorants and preservatives in the food chain, but statistics showed the country was stricken by a public health problem of epidemic proportions. Kidney disease on the rise and having been for some years, reaching double and even tripple the levels of neighboring Germany and Poland.

But in an ostensibly unrelated story the Czech Republic was also very proud of its national beers, promoting brands like Urquell and (real) Budweiser as the healthiest Pilsner libations anyone could export, brewed with help from pure Bohemian source water and centuries old hop growing techniques, by law forbidding additives of any sort, assuring timeless quality etc.

In fact, a previous Czech Public Health Minister in his zeal and rather demonstratively at one point announcing that people with kidney problems and on doctors orders could get up to 1 liter a day and cure themselves by drinking the stuff on their State Medical Insurance card, proving his point about the excellence of Czech beer conclusively and proudly, he thought.

Well, needless to say after word leaked out that they could drink on the Government, every rummy in town and countless other winos bribed their physician into writing out a prescription for kidney related problems, including the urgent administration of the aforementioned medicine, and up to the full 1 liter daily, of course.

It is obvious then that the clever Czechs have no Republican Party to spoil the fun, and that statistics are as useless as tits on a bull, or that scientists forever look in the wrong direction for whatever it is that ails the planet and the populace.

But Heavens, please keep them all stupid, so that even lowlifes have a life, poor sods!

Health Care Follies

As a person having lived in a number of countries with a universal healthcare scheme guaranteeing basic medical assistance to their population, I don’t quite understand what the fuss in the US is all about. Ethically speaking it is dead wrong to have 10% of an otherwise wealthy nation excluded from any sort of care, on economic grounds. And don’t dismiss it as Socialism, please. Right Wing governments all over know damn well what also happens to be good for thèm.

My father always told me, if you have a huge problem, start by making it smaller. And making the huge medical care controversy in the US smaller is by splitting it into 50 harmonized, transportable parts. In other words, forget about a Federal plan, force and assist individual States into and with such a mandatory scheme.

Sure there are beefs in Canada, England, The Netherlands, France, Spain etc, even with much smaller populations. Sure there are local foul ups and well run and badly run components, resulting in undue delays and cost overruns. But NOBODY in these countries that I know of is crazy enough to give up this national benefit. Though there exists the option not to opt out as such but to go get better and more of it if you can afford it, even encouraged to do so if your taxable income rises above a certain level, or to accept an employer’s offer of a private health plan extension, as part if an incentive to come work for him.

There exists no tax with more direct, personal, visible, tangible benefit to a citizen than a national health plan. In fact to even call it a tax is ridiculous: it is a self-serving contribution of the very first order. So that the entire working population should pay a base amount per month, yes, even those who prefer private coverage, but this amount is so trivial compared to these incomes and to the immense universal benefit to a society at large, that few other than the usual suspects dare to complain.

(In Spain, including national unemployment and pension benefits, one is levied an average of around a $250 a month, with no indignities perpetuated any longer, and physicians ordered to reserve part of their practice to the average Joe at standard rates reimbursed by the System, but free to charge private clients what they want, sending them to smaller, private and even specialized clinics if they can afford it, successfully marrying the private sector, Insurance companies etc with State facilities and norms.)

Yes it’s not a money maker for a country, but it doesn’t cost trillions either, and remains a matter first and foremost of basic decency.

So why this divisive and most partisan drama with you guys and why does your Constitution permit you to bear arms, but doesn’t provide the same guarantee for assistance when people get sick or hurt?

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