Health Care Terror

After the recent bomb plot in Great Britain was traced to a group of doctors, right-wing loons, led by Fox’s Neil Cavuto, were quick to suggest a link between “socialized medicine” and terrorism. He didn’t actually provide a logical argument; it was enough just to say “socialized medicine” and “terrorism” in the same sentence and let Bush Americans draw their own lame-brained conclusions.

Not surprisingly, this is a total reversal of the truth; the real “medical terrorists” all reside in the US, and are virtually all overfed white guys. And they are the only ones terrorized at the thought of a more moral, efficient, and effective sociable healthcare system coming to America.

It is grasping-at-straws time for the status quo in American healthcare: after decades of scaring Americans with the prospect of the nation going communist if it dares to offer all of its citizens the sort of sane and sensible healthcare that the rest of the world’s leading democracies enjoy, they’re shifting to the bogeyman of the moment — Islamic terrorism.

But their arguments have become so craven, so totally transparent, we can only hope the American people are ready to wise up and give these bums the hook.

As Paul Krugman writes:

“We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics.” So declared F.D.R. in 1937, in words that apply perfectly to health care today. This isn’t one of those cases where we face painful tradeoffs – here, doing the right thing is also cost-efficient. Universal health care would save thousands of American lives each year, while actually saving money.

So this is a test. The only things standing in the way of universal health care are the fear-mongering and influence-buying of interest groups. If we can’t overcome those forces here, there’s not much hope for America’s future.

Michael Sky