Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, responded Tuesday to widespread criticism that Democrats only garnered the 60 votes needed to defeat Republican stalling tactics on the health reform bill by catering to self-interest, saying Democrats are focusing on the big picture...
"We have to keep our eyes on what we're trying to do here. We're trying to cross a demarcation line," Harkin told "Early Show" co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez. "On one side is health care as a privilege, on the other side is health care as a right. With these votes, with the vote that we'll take before Christmas, we will cross that line finally and say that health care is a right of all Americans."
The way to understand this is to know that it is exactly, perfectly backwards. In normal English the esteemed Senator means that currently, medical care is a service which can be purchased for money by anyone in the USA. Americans have the right to buy any medical service they can pay for. What his party wants to do is seize control of the medical system, so that Americans can no longer buy what they need or want, they have to take what the government offers them, and they have to pay for it with tax dollars whether they use it or not. If you are privileged, well connected, or just bribe somebody, you will get taken care of. If not, not.
More bluntly, he's lying like a Persian carpet. I don't have the words to express the foulness of his lie. He should be friggin'
Because the truth of the matter is that health care is a service performed by humans who must be paid. Nobody has a right to someone else's labor, only to their own. Well, except in the case of slavery. Russians tried that, it ended badly.
What the Democrats are doing is not changing the nature of health care, they are changing the payment structure. Instead of you paying the doctor directly as in days of yore, and instead of you paying an insurance company to soak up the risk of catastrophic injury, you pay the Democrats. Then they decide what care, if any, you will get. Can you say "death panels"? Sure you can!
In Canada this sleight of hand was accomplished by Pierre Elliot Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada back in the 1970's. It has ruined our health care system and come close to ruining the country. It took the Liberals 30 years to get to the formation of death panels. Which are currently in the planning stage in Ontario, because Ontario is broke, baby. Can't afford to keep Grandma in hip replacements no more, she's had a good life let her go. For real, my friends. Really really.
Watching the Senator and his buddies on Capitol Hill, I suspect that the Liberal Party had smarter, less crooked people in it, and that's really saying something given the crooked, venal, disgusting morons the Liberals are. The Democrats will ruin American health care in less than ten years, I think.
That is what you're in for, proven by recent history in Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Australia, and all of Communism. Or you guys down there could cut them loose, I suppose. Here in Canada doctors and nurses are getting closer and closer to organized civil disobedience, just to keep their heads above water. Something to consider for when the steamroller derby moves to consolidate the House and Senate bills after Christmas. Call your politicians, promise them they will be ejected. Maybe get some recall votes going, unseat the bastards before the election even.
I'd like to see that Tom Harkin guy with his head in a sling, selling pencils on an Iowa street corner by April. Only fair, that's what he's got planned for y'all.
Oh and by the way, if you want health care to be a bit cheaper, two little words for you: tort reform. Cut costs by half in two years, I bet you. Or, you could just make it so the loser's LAWYER pays court costs in any lawsuit. No more slip-and-fall ambulance chasing.