The Health of the Nation

March 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

Three cheers (well, two and a half) for President Obama and his Democratic foot soldiers. I woke up this morning to the welcome news that they’ve managed to squeeze their battered health care bill through the ranks of vested interests. Of course it’s nowhere near what’s needed, and of course those lovely Republicans and their megabucks lobbyist friends will fight its implementation every step of the way. But still, Barack’s done what Bill and Hill couldn’t do, and lives will be saved as a result.

 Those of us who’ve followed this debate (and by “debate” I mean campaign of hysterical misinformation by Sarah Palin and the rabid right) have had all our prejudices confirmed many times over. What sort of person doesn’t want everybody to have health care? One sort, typified by the Tory MEP Daniel Hannan who did the tour of  US talk shows slagging off the NHS, is too right wing to care about unavoidable deaths among deprived communities.  Another sort is worried that their income may drop so much that they’ll have to rent out that pad in Martha’s Vineyard. And the other sort is just….well, just plain dumb.

 I know I’ve just done a stat, but this is a special occasion and there are so many to choose from: The US spends twice as much on healthcare, per capita, as Greece does but has lower life expectancy and considerably higher maternal and under-five mortality. How can anyone think that’s OK?

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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