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Bush Administration’s $950 million spent on Iraqi Universal Healthcare

As many of you know, a large number of Americans are not in favor of the healthcare bill passed last year. While many of those I have spoken with are basing their discontent on misconceptions about the bill, I would like to share this article with you.

In this short article, you will see that the United States spent $950 million on establishing a system of universal health care in Iraq in 2004. In 2004, in terms of government spending, $950 million was a more significant amount.

There is a quote in the article from former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson that reads, “Even if you don’t have health insurance, you are still taken care of in America. That certainly could be defined as universal coverage. Every American’s health care is far superior to what the health care is in Iraq.”

I have one problem with that quote: that’s not universal coverage; yes, you will be treated if you are in an accident, having a child, or are seriously ill. However, this does not include preventative care.

After reading the first article, read this from the Huffington Post, an excerpt from the Iraqi Constitution signed in 2005. In Article 31 of the Iraqi Constitution, the “right to health care” is for “every citizen.”

Many doctors have said that the best way to heal someone from cancer is to catch the cancer early—that’s the problem with the American healthcare system. I do not think it’s right that some in America are dying because of a lack of access to a doctor. I heard one conservative on television one time saying that not having insurance does not deny you access to a doctor—but for all intents and purposes, yes, it does.

While the pundit or congressman (I can’t remember which it was) probably has somewhere between a $10 and $50 co-pay at his physician’s office, those working minimum wage jobs without health insurance pay 10 times as much, if not more. For those of you new to math, that’s working 69 hours at minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) just to see a doctor. That’s ridiculous. That is not the America that I know and love.

While I believe the United States operates efficiently when major industries are controlled privately or by publicly traded companies, I do not believe that private industry should control whether you live or die. In corporate America, and this has been proven multiple times over the last three years, executives and high-level management are greedy—too greedy.

I also do not believe the government has the right to infringe on private industry and control the public health. I believe the government should have founded a co-operative where its members elect the Board of Directors, who in turn set the rates charged to its members. If members are not happy with the rates, they can simply not reelect members of the Board of Directors.

Whether the health care bill is altered or not, lives will be saved because of this bill. I do not want to listen to Republicans saying that its detrimental to America…saving lives of American people is detrimental to America? How?

If Republican congressmen hate this bill so much, they should join the 30 million Americans that would not gain health care coverage in 2014 if the bill is nullified. They should be denied the same access that they are denying to 30 million Americans that usually cannot afford coverage.

Disclaimer: I’m not a wholehearted proponent of the bill that was passed, but something needed to be done.

Tea Party Racism

I really should be working on homework, but when I found this article tonight, I couldn’t resist.

The Tea Party “Patriots” are once again causing more trouble just so they can see their redneck, warmongering faces on television and newspapers.

On Thursday NPR published an article about how the Republican leadership across the country is being encouraged to sever ties with the Tea Party Movement consisting of many right-wing citizens who are being led by former governor of Alaska and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

These “Patriots” (they’re closer to committing treason than being patriotic) openly spitting upon and yelling racially-charged phrases such as “n***er” at multiple African-American members of Congress.

Yes, we live in “the land of the free, and the home of the brave,” where, in theory, anyone can say anything they want, but we are also “created equal.”

One member of this right-wing, racist organization called Atlanta congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis the “n-word.”  That is wrong.  I don’t care about a man’s skin color.  First of all, it’s not like we can pick our skin color.  Second of all, just because a man is different doesn’t mean that he is any less human or less deserving than anyone else.

Another member of the Tea Party spat on Congressman Emanuel Cleaver; he then proceeded to confront the individual who did so, but did not engage him.

Another member of this spittin’ redneck organization called openly-gay Congressman Barney Frank a “f****t.”  While yes, he might fit the definition for that word, that is a very demeaning term, and no one should use it–just like the “n-word.”

I say all this not to slight the entire Tea Party movement, I’m sure there are plenty of people in the Treason Party, er, Tea Party movement that are not racist.  To any civil Tea Partier who does not think less of someone because of their orientation or race, I plead with you to find another party–yes, our government needs reform, but is it any coincidence that all of this protesting and anti-government fear in the United States is because we now don’t have a white President? NO!

Our government needs reform–there is no doubt in most peoples’ minds about that, but stooping to the level of an uneducated, racist bigot is not acceptable and should not represent our nation to the world.

The “R-word”

Last year while a senior in high school at a K-12 private school, I worked with children before and after school whose parents weren’t able to drop them off or pick them up due to their occupation, office location, or were just simply busy.  I work with a boy named Aidan, then a fourth grader, whose mother, Amy, is a special education/life skills teacher at an elementary school in a high-low, low-income area of Austin.  As I began to get to know Amy, Aidan, and Amy’s daughter, Maysie, then a seventh grader at the same school, I began to have an occasional meal over at their house, which was close to the school.  One time, I was commenting on something I had heard and I said, “Well, that’s retarded…” and continued on with my statement.  When I had finished, I looked up and saw Aidan wide-eyed in surprise, Maysie in about the same situation, and Amy yelled, “What did you just say?!?”  She then began to explain why saying the “R-word” is bad.  I began to realize it as well and began to try to censor myself at all times, but especially when I was around that family, from saying it.

Sarah Palin, last Tuesday, February 2, blasted President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel by saying, on her Facebook blog, that he should get fired from the administration for saying the “R-word” in a closed meeting at the White House.

Just a few days later, on his show, Rush Limbaugh decided to add the “R-word” to his rather extensive, unappealing vocabulary.  After being notified of Limbaugh’s statement, a Palin aide said, “Gov. Palin believes crude and demeaning name-calling at the expense of others is disrespectful.”  While it was reported by the Washington Post that she was also calling Limbaugh out on his use of the “R-word,” that statement was later explained to POLITICO in which the spokesperson then said it was bad if anyone says it but the statement was not calling out Limbaugh.

Personally, this makes me think of the family I know and still eat meals with and hang out with pretty regularly when I go back home from college.  To me, it would equate to Amy telling her daughter Maysie that she can use the “R-word” and it wouldn’t phase her at all, and then telling her son Aidan that he should never use it, that it is a demeaning word (which in my opinion, it is) and scolding and punishing him when he decides to use the word.  It would be hypocritical.

Gov. Palin needs to have some decency and not let Limbaugh get away with this–if you are going to slam one person for using it, you need to hold that standard to everyone, not just the people with which you agree politically.  It is hypocritical of her organization to hold Rahm Emanuel accountable for his use of the word in a private meeting and not hold Rush Limbaugh accountable for using the word on his nationally “acclaimed” radio show.

I’m sure there is some correlation between the fact that if Rush Limbaugh decided he didn’t like Palin criticizing him, he could turn a large part of the conservative American population against her and thus putting a big dent in, if not completely ending, her political career.