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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

watch it: the 9/12/09 weekly address from President Barack Obama


I wish more Americans understood that in every other industrialized nation, no one has to put up with the crap we have to put up with here: preexisting conditions, deductibles, copays, and the bullshit of having to fill out paperwork and worry about whether you’re covered or not when you’re sick or hurt. And for the privilege of putting up with crap and being denied the health care we’ve already paid for with our insurance (assuming you’re “lucky” enough to have a policy that pretends to cover you unless you actually get really badly sick or really badly hurt), we pay a helluva lot more than everyone else does.

It shouldn’t be that hard to sell the idea that Americans deserve everything the French, the Swedes, the British, the Canadians, the Japanese, the Australians, etc, etc, have, and that we could have it all for less than we pay today.

Our leaders don’t even have to lead when it comes to this issue. They just have to follow what the rest of the civilized world is doing. The fact that no one on the supposed left — from Obama on down — wants to do this suggests that they actually don’t want to do this, out of fear of pissing off the insurance companies. There’s simply no other explanation. And they’re able to get away with not doing this because the majority of Americans are too ignorant or too brainwashed to understand how fucked up our health care system is compared to rest of the world that they think we’re so much better than.

I’m so depressed about this.



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