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Clucking About Health Care


If Jeremy Thomas [“We Do Laugh ... At Liberals,” Letters, June 17, City Weekly] laughs at liberals “socializing” health care, he should (if he possesses the sense of humor he claims) be hysterical over the suggestion of Nevada Republican Sue Lowden—who was running for the GOP Senate nomination, but lost—that people should barter chickens for health care: “You know, before we all started having health care, in the old days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor. Doctors are very sympathetic people. I’m not backing down from that system.” Seriously, are conservatives serious about a national “care plan” as suggested by Lowden?

As far as “socializing” healthcare, where does this fallacy come from? Never was there a plan to buy private hospitals or put all of the health-care employees on the federal payroll. That would be socialized, just like it is in the United Kingdom, much of Europe, and even Iraq, as guaranteed in the U.S.-created Iraqi constitution. A single-payer system with private hospitals reimbursed by the government as occurs in Canada (Medicare also works like this) was taken off the table before any “debate” began, while single-payer supporters were arrested and jailed for attempting to get a seat at the “debate” table. No, there was never a plan to socialize any aspect of health care. It is a lie made true through constant repetition by the demiurges of mainstream media.

Yeah, liberals laugh at conservatives, too. But, we still can’t understand them.

Paul Ames