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Health Care Reform Ate My Baby!

If you’re a culturally-aware sort, and over a certain age, you’ll still be able to hear Meryl Streep’s voice when I write the phrase, “A dingo ate my baby!” It comes from the story of Lindy Chamberlain, a woman in Australia who was caught up in a satanic panic, accused of engaging in a satanic ritual killing of her baby, when in fact, yes, a dingo ate her baby.

health care reform ate my babyThat kind of torch and pitchfork mob approach to dealing with problems is being seen again, in the Summer of 2009 Health Care Reform Scare Fest. People are making all sorts of wild accusations about health care reform, saying that making health care more accessible and affordable is going to end up killing people, and interfering with the normal relationship between a patient and his or her insurance company.

I figure, as long as we’re getting paranoid, we might as well go all the way. Thus, I’m introducing the following bumper sticker: Health Care Reform Ate My Baby!

11 comments to Health Care Reform Ate My Baby!

  • qs

    UK has a death panel for end of stage planning doesn’t it?

  • Tom

    That’s a great bumper sticker! (i choked on my coffee.)

  • qs, if you want to call them “death panels”, well then, insurance companies have those. Good grief.

    Insurance companies also have “ritual child sacrifice panels”, you know. My son broke his arm. We had to put it in a cast and everything. The insurance company said that they wouldn’t pay for it. It wasn’t a proper instance of health care, they said.

    • qs

      Well you can buy two insurance plans if you so like or you can get a different one or you can pay out of pocket.

      Single payer does not just create a public plan, but it outlaws the private sector entirely meaning if the government can’t do it for you, you have to go overseas and find a medical tourist site. Well Obama isn’t supporting single payer so it’s not nearly as bad, but I was just referring to the UK.

      In the UK people have such long lines for dental care that there are underground dentist now that pull out their teeth instead of fix them.

      Somehow I doubt the politicians will be subjecting themselves to the public plan if we ever get that. All the Soviet communist party leaders had their own person doctor supplied by the government.

      • ReMarker

        qs, this link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/19/barney-frank-confronts-wo_n_262682.html is to a video of an event, hosted by the great statesman Barney Frank that I referenced in an earlier reply to one of your comments. Maybe seeing it will help you understand me. Super-impose me in Barney Frank’s place and super-impose you in the ladies place, and you should get my thinking.

        This link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/20/jon-sterwart-gives-props_n_263878.html is to a clip (includes the Frank clip) of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart doing a comedy routine about the health care debate.

        Enjoy, I did.

        • qs

          Already saw it.

          However, good luck trying to pass something with no GOP votes, which seems to be the current agenda.

          Also, note above I didn’t say the Obama plan was a death panel. I said the UK version is one.

          Half of our Medicare costs in the U.S. comes in the final 6 months of life. The UK faced the same problem so they give you stipend for end of life, which comes out to like 22 thousand dollars.

          That’s why you need a private market since the government tends to suck.

  • Not-ur-kind-of-stupid

    Pretty simply stated for you special people.The goverment ability to run anything other than the militaryhas been a disaster. My freedom of choice should be just that. I am forced to buy car insurance only if I choose to drive. I am forced to pay taxes only if I choose to work.I am forced to carry healthcare,money I have been saving at a rate of 4,000 dollars a yr +interest, only if I choose to live? Give the GOP 6 months to kick this bill out. And yes the american people overwhelmingly do not want it. Therefore, they will vote in those to repeal it. If you want universal healthcare move to Canada.

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