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Quote of the Day: “I can’t even remember why I opposed it”

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Kevin Drum posts:

From Patrick Murphy, owner of Bagel Barrel in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, on why he doesn’t want Obamacare repealed:

I can’t even remember why I opposed it. Everybody needs some sort of health insurance.

I also was struck by the comment. You’d think that if something was so important to a person that they actively opposed it, they would remember their reasons for opposing it. It was a big deal, and the opposition was bitter—and they don’t know why they opposed it?!

Drum provides one answer in his post:

Answer: he opposed it because movement conservatives in the richest country in all of human history created a hysterical atmosphere of cultural doom and fiscal annihilation surrounding the idea of providing a minimal level of health coverage for everyone. Why did they do it? Why do they continue to do it? Even after seven years, I’m not sure I truly know.

Truly I cannot understand the conservative “mind,” using the term loosely. It seems quite obvious that a country has a strong interest in ensuring that its people are healthy and educated, and to that end a sensible country provides healthcare and education, figuring that these, if done well, will provide benefits (including national productivity) far beyond their cost. But the opposition was clearly irrational and driven in part by a hatred of the poor.

Drum includes the results in Oregon of the modest step toward universal healthcare that Obamacare made:

Why would anyone oppose this?



Written by LeisureGuy

21 July 2017 at 10:38 am

Posted in Government, Healthcare

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  1. As a Canadian peering over the fence I am baffled by the visceral opposition to universal health care sometimes displayed down south. Canada does not have a perfect health care system, no one does. But on every occasion I have interacted with the Canadian medical system I have been treated efficiently, professionally and without excessive delay. Access to a hospital emergency department (raising two active boys caused me to get to know the process fairly well) or to a walk-in clinic, or to a medical specialist requires only presentation of my government issued “Care Card” to receive top level treatment. In British Columbia the process has been made even easier by incorporating the Care Card into our drivers licenses.

    The concept of universal healthcare is so integrated into Canadian life that it is given little thought. It works. Not perfectly, but certainly well enough to compare favorably with medical treatment anywhere else in the world. It is available to every citizen at minimal cost. Premiums are based on income with the maximum premium being $75/month. Premiums are reduced or waived entirely for low income individuals.

    Yes, our taxes are undoubtedly higher to cover the costs associated with universal healthcare, but not so much higher that we are disadvantaged. Oh sure, we complain about having to pay taxes but it is accepted that there is a price to be paid to live in a society that values a social safety net. And that price is more than offset by the peace of mind that comes with having that net available to everyone.

    All of which, for me, makes the fear and doomsday rhetoric about the perceived perils of universal healthcare puzzling.


    21 July 2017 at 12:11 pm

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