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Thinking Too Hard About Health Care Will Make You Sick

December 20, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

While it’s difficult to find much of a silver lining in the compromise bill before the Senate, it’s becoming clearer with each passing day that it’s going to pass cloture. No senator from the Democratic caucus, from the right or the left, has signaled that they will vote against the bill in its present form. It now remains to be seen what House members can accomplish in either reconciliation (unlikely) or in conference committee.

With that said, I’d like to take this moment to point out a curious historical fact, and by “curious” I mean “will make you want to tear your hair out.”

A super majority of the U.S. Senate has already voted once within this decade to create and fund a nationalized, universal, single payer health care system. Enshrined within that system is a clear acknowledgement that health care is a right, not a privilege. Both Republicans and Democrats, including Joe Lieberman, have voted to create and furnish U.S. taxpayer dollars for this system at nearly every step of the way.

In case you haven’t already guessed, I’m referring to the national health care system of Iraq.

First: Every citizen has the right to health care. The State shall maintain public health and provide the means of prevention and treatment by building different types of hospitals and health institutions.

Second: Individuals and entities have the right to build hospitals, clinics,or private health care centers under the supervision of the State, and this shall be regulated by law.

[Constitution of Iraq, Article 31]

Lest you think this is some aberration, something the Iraqis snuck in themselves, here is the what the Coalition Provisional Authority under Paul Bremmer set up as the law of the land after the invasion.

Article 14. The individual has the right to security, education, health care, and social security. The Iraqi State and its governmental units, including the federal government, the regions, governorates, municipalities, and local administrations, within the limits of their resources and with due regard to other vital needs, shall strive to provide prosperity and employment opportunities to the people.

[Coalition Provisional Authority]

Not only have these senators who supported the invasion and occupation of Iraq voted to support and help maintain a foreign single payer health care system, but American troops have died for the cause.

Now, I don’t begrudge anything against the Iraqi people, but someone needs to ask the question: Why do Americans have to sacrifice blood and treasure to provide a single payer system to the Iraqis when we can’t get Congress to even talk about it here?

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