Friday, August 21, 2009

Anthony Weiner makes his case for Medicare for all

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) pulverizes Joe Scarborough, and helps us understand the controversy over health insurance should not be about whether to have a "public option." The argument, said Weiner, should be "Why have private insurance companies at all?" In Congressman Weiner's words,"What value do the insurance companies bring?"

Scarborough is left speechless and sputtering, but at least had the decency to later admit he was speechless.

Scarborough's sputtering is simliar to when people sometimes say to me, "Well, that's socialism!" when I discuss Medicare for all. Over the years, I have learned to answer, smiling of course: "Is that the end of your argument, or the beginning?"

Like Scarborough, they are also stunned by that response--more because so many people can't even understand, at least at first, how ridiculous it is to say something is "socialist" as if that was an argument.

Besides Congressman Weiner, it's been a bit of a pushback week, with Barney Frank (D-MA) flicking away a LaRouchite, and Nancy Pelosi starting to develop a spine.

Perhaps there will be health insurance reform that helps millions of Americans after all...


At August 23, 2009 at 3:58:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Fred Hall said...

All the advanced Western Countries have had a National Health system for 50 years. There is nothing new about it. It is hear to stay although there will and have been developments. But I say as an English pensioner, keep National Health - National with no private money or Companies involved.
Medical matters are not for a profit making business. Spend Taxes on the people who pay them first! Fred Hall Staffordshire England


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