Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

Two debate thoughts

When did talking to someone with crazy ideas become legitimizing those ideas? How does not talking to them cause them to change those ideas? At best, you might get them to make a public statement disavowing the crazy ideas in order to gain some advantage, but as soon as they have that advantage, it would be back to the crazy talk all over again.

Once again, the old right-wing trope of "not putting the federal government between you and your doctor" reared its head. You know what? For the tens of millions of Americans without health insurance the federal government is between them and a doctor. The government is effectively saying, "You, you're not old enough, or disabled enough or poor enough for us to provide you with health care on a regular basis. So no, you don't get to have that annual check-up, you don't get to take your child in to get a strep test, you don't get a cholesterol screening, you don't get preventative care that's affordable. You have to wait until you have a dramatic medical problem that will be expensive and difficult to treat so that you have to face the choice of getting medical treatment that will economically devastate you and your family or dying. But, hey, at least you're not a filthy socialist."

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