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October 1st, 2008

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10:29 pm - Thought experiment
If something like Hurricane Katrina or the Indian Ocean tsunami occurred and the American people were told that there were 40 million people without proper medical care, there would be an enormous outpouring of charity. People would line up to donate blood, corporations would give staggering sums, politicians would author relief bills supported by their constituents, individuals from all walks of life would give whatever they could to make sure that those people had the care they needed.

Ask the same Americans to accept a small increase in taxes to fund health care for themselves and their fellow citizens and they, by and large, balk at the prospect.

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Date:October 2nd, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
I dunno. Seems to me if we simply taxed the rich the way we ought to the rest of us wouldn't have to pay more so everyone could have healthcare. And I don't talk to many who scoff at paying more taxes.
Most people I talk to are ready to support an increase in property taxes for the school referendum and getting everyone health care is the thing I hear most after the economy. So I think people are certainly moving towards doing whatever we have to to create national coverage.
I'm surprised how many people will support the referendum because property taxes here are already so high. And I do find some against it but not many. I personally don't think it's the way it should get paid for but I also think the schools are in dire shape and am willing to pony up.

I think it depends on the spin and what side of the fence you are talking to. But I think overall the idea of universal health care has come a long way from when it first became a hot issue.

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