Posted Under: Capitalism,Health Care,Human Rights,Obama,US Politics
The Obama administration will be breathing a sigh of relied today as the House of Representatives narrowly approved the President’s flagship health reforms. A battle still remains in the Senate, of course, and amongst the crazed zealots in the country crying ‘freedom’ whilst attempting to deny millions of the poorest Americans the right to basic health care. But this is the first victory for progressives in what, for anyone on this side of the Atlantic who isn’t a slapheaded idiot like Daniel Hannan, is one of the most bafflingly incomprehensible arguments in history.
It was Sun Tzu who, all those centuries ago, argued that to achieve victory, one must know one’s enemies. But I simply cannot understand anyone who refuses to recognise health care as a universal human right. Not least those FOX News fanatics opposed to a bill that does not even come close to free state-run health care, which should be a basic requirement for any developed nation, and indeed is a treasured asset of many developing nations. Whilst proclaiming their right to choose – an utterly irrelevant criticism in light of Obama’s reforms – they would deny hundreds of thousands of people any choice save death or bankruptcy. And that is not just for the poor and uninsured. That goes for all those whose policies just don’t want to pay out, who pick holes in every claim, because saving money is more important than saving a life in this most inhumane of models.
I can begin to understand the neo-liberals of the New Right who believe society should be orientated around a free market philosophy. I can even begin to understand social conservatives opposed to abortion and stem cell research on the grounds of their own moral compass. But I can never understand anyone who argues that human life should be left to the naked principles of the market. But then, perhaps Glenn Beck will be able to draw me a map of the retarded right-winger’s mind on his blackboard. It’s the only way I’m ever going to get it.