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When conservatives think U.S. health care is # 1

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When Rush Limbaugh was admitted to the hospital with chest pains, he probably figured the U.S. health care system is the best in the world. When Florida football coach Urban Meyer was taken to the hospital with chest pains, he likely thought the U.S. health care system was tops.

In a scenario where extremely well-paid, extremely well-known, secure in their jobs white males secure in their knowledge that insurance isn’t going to screw them over have to go to the hospital, the American health care system probably looks like the best.

Neither Limbaugh or Meyer had to wake up and wonder how they were going to pay for their medical care. They didn’t have to worry about whether they were going to lose their jobs as a result of being hospitalized.

If most Americans were in the scenarios that Limbaugh and Meyer faced, we wouldn’t have a health care crisis. But we do.

The cruel irony is that many of those who were protesting against health care reform need reform the most. In reading the MSM, you might conclude that health care reform is a liberal issue. But it isn’t. Progressive politicians are concerned about finding a solution. By and large, conservative politicians aren’t interested in a solution.

Actual people outside the Washington bubble do care about health care reform, regardless of their own personal politics. They may disagree as to the solution, but those without power understand the true reality: the U.S. health care system for them is nowhere near being #1.


Written by democracysoup

December 31, 2009 at 7:52 am

Posted in health care reform

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