… I’m just asking, really. Do you dance about your health care system?
When was the last time you gave some thought to Blue Cross, or CIgna, or that talking Duck, and all the money you pay for “just in case I get hit by a bus” when you thought about that, did you dance? Smile, even? How about go so far as to make it a feature in a television broadcast that 1 billion people around the world would see.
So… yeah, Republicans. That “Western European Socialist System” line that you keep selling to the ill-informed voter must really be a terrible, horrific thing, right? I mean… to celebrate it on the world stage as part of the most highly anticipated show/extravaganza in the last four years. Terrible. No good, it MUST be. But as always, Republicans know that if you just keep saying it, then people believe it to be true. “Ill informed voted” (translation: stupid and lazy, which as we already know Republicans are counting on dumb voters).
My hope (while watching in amazement, and cheers to Matt Lauer for commenting on “all the hot debate back in the states” when this NHS scene started during the Olympics Opening Ceremony)… my hope is that maybe… just maybe here are 10000 people who are die hard “get the government away from my medicare” sign holders out there who paid attention and asked… “What’s this whole NHS stuff all the Brits are dancing around about?”
Of those 10,000 who might have learned about NHS for the first time and saw that it is, in fact, not the end of civilization as we know it, but something that people actually love about their countries… let’s say half of those take the time to look it up and learn some more, and then talk about it with their friends… because maybe… just maybe… a country taking care of its citizens is not the end of the world, but rather a sign of a civilized society with its priorities in the right place.
Just maybe… but not until Republicans finally stop thinking Reagan was a god.
In the US, Republicans shout socialism, 9/11, and the devil, while the rest of the world understands that a country ought take care of its people.
And in the UK... well... I think they have their country's priorities a bit more aligned with what republicans CLAIM they care about: people.