“We Prefer Your Extinction to the Loss of Our Job”

16 08 2009

Maybe Crimson Wife is right, and illegal aliens really are what’s wrong with our health care system — if health insurance corporations themselves are the aliens!

Or to be more charitable, maybe insurance suits are of earthly origin like the rest of us, but were the first to be dehumanized and body-snatched . . .

calvin hobbes we prefer your extinction to our job loss


The last alien panel (hey, it’s literally a DEATH PANEL, alert Palin and Grassley, here’s the real threat!) would make a perfectly honest tv or radio ad against health care reform:
“We’re sorry to learn that you soon will be dead,
but though you may find this slightly macabre,
we prefer your extinction
to the loss of our job.”

And it’s not just good copy but it’s an old-fashioned jingle, a little rhyme that will stick in the brain and replay itself until maybe it finally sinks in, if their golden-throat is smart enough to pronounce macabre properly, to rhyme with job, and if they add a jaunty little tune with some studio backup singers . . .

To quote Grassley himself (if he *is* himself, although to be fair-minded and accurate he does show signs of body-snatchery) : “On this subject and others, it’s important that the debate is fair-minded and based on an accurate representation of the issues involved.”

Just trying to do my bit toward that end, sir.



6 responses

17 08 2009

Got nothing to say – just can’t bear to see a C&H post being ignored 🙂

17 08 2009

I was hoping it would draw you in for a howdy! 😉

19 08 2009

This may be the most exciting news I’ve seen all day – and I’m including my anniversary in that 🙂


21 08 2009

Paul Krugman today and he nails why I am fed up:

And then there’s the matter of the banks.

I don’t know if administration officials realize just how much damage they’ve done themselves with their kid-gloves treatment of the financial industry, just how badly the spectacle of government supported institutions paying giant bonuses is playing. . .they’re really angry about the bailouts rather than the stimulus — but that’s a distinction lost on most voters.

So there’s a growing sense among progressives that they have, as my colleague Frank Rich suggests, been punked. And that’s why the mixed signals on the public option created such an uproar.

Now, politics is the art of the possible. Mr. Obama was never going to get everything his supporters wanted.

But there’s a point at which realism shades over into weakness, and progressives increasingly feel that the administration is on the wrong side of that line. It seems as if there is nothing Republicans can do that will draw an administration rebuke: Senator Charles E. Grassley feeds the death panel smear, warning that reform will “pull the plug on grandma,” and two days later the White House declares that it’s still committed to working with him.

It’s hard to avoid the sense that Mr. Obama has wasted months trying to appease people who can’t be appeased, and who take every concession as a sign that he can be rolled.

Indeed, no sooner were there reports that the administration might accept co-ops as an alternative to the public option than G.O.P. leaders announced that co-ops, too, were unacceptable.

So progressives are now in revolt. Mr. Obama took their trust for granted, and in the process lost it. And now he needs to win it back.

23 08 2009

5 Myths About Health Care Around the World

By T.R. Reid
Sunday, August 23, 2009

The key difference is that foreign health insurance plans exist only to pay people’s medical bills, not to make a profit. The United States is the only developed country that lets insurance companies profit from basic health coverage.

In many ways, foreign health-care models are not really “foreign” to America, because our crazy-quilt health-care system uses elements of all of them. For Native Americans or veterans, we’re Britain: The government provides health care, funding it through general taxes, and patients get no bills. For people who get insurance through their jobs, we’re Germany: Premiums are split between workers and employers, and private insurance plans pay private doctors and hospitals. For people over 65, we’re Canada: Everyone pays premiums for an insurance plan run by the government, and the public plan pays private doctors and hospitals according to a set fee schedule. And for the tens of millions without insurance coverage, we’re Burundi or Burma: In the world’s poor nations, sick people pay out of pocket for medical care; those who can’t pay stay sick or die.

This fragmentation is another reason that we spend more than anybody else and still leave millions without coverage. All the other developed countries have settled on one model for health-care delivery and finance; we’ve blended them all into a costly, confusing bureaucratic mess.

Which, in turn, punctures the most persistent myth of all: that America has “the finest health care” in the world. We don’t. In terms of results, almost all advanced countries have better national health statistics than the United States does. In terms of finance, we force 700,000 Americans into bankruptcy each year because of medical bills. In France, the number of medical bankruptcies is zero. Britain: zero. Japan: zero. Germany: zero.

Given our remarkable medical assets — the best-educated doctors and nurses, the most advanced hospitals, world-class research — the United States could be, and should be, the best in the world. To get there, though, we have to be willing to learn some lessons about health-care administration from the other industrialized democracies.

11 11 2009

I HAVE to protest the use of this C&H strip. It’s way too masterful to be construed to be some argument about healthcare

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