Health Care


I am still trying to find out whether either of the MAJOR candidates for US president supports National Health Care as opposed to Health Care INSURANCE. Of course it probably is a moot point considering that the REAL term should be National Sick Care.
Towards the golden glow of understanding I steadily plod. My latest self-assigned assignment is to finish reading the Debate Transcripts.

There is a lot of fun stuff in there – like this:

GIBSON: And the final question of the evening will be addressed to President Bush and it will come from Linda Grabel. Linda Grabel’s over here.

Linda Grabel’s over here.

BUSH: Put a head fake on us.


GIBSON: I got faked out myself.

BUSH: Hi, Linda.

GRABEL: President Bush, during the last four years, you have made thousands of decisions that have affected millions of lives. Please give three instances in which you came to realize you had made a wrong decision, and what you did to correct it. Thank you.

BUSH: I have made a lot of decisions, and some of them little, like appointments to boards you never heard of, and some of them big.

And in a war, there’s a lot of — there’s a lot of tactical decisions that historians will look back and say: He shouldn’t have done that. He shouldn’t have made that decision. And I’ll take responsibility for them. I’m human.

But on the big questions, about whether or not we should have gone into Afghanistan, the big question about whether we should have removed somebody in Iraq, I’ll stand by those decisions, because I think they’re right.

That’s really what you’re — when they ask about the mistakes, that’s what they’re talking about. They’re trying to say, “Did you make a mistake going into Iraq?” And the answer is, “Absolutely not.” It was the right decision.

The Duelfer report confirmed that decision today, because what Saddam Hussein was doing was trying to get rid of sanctions so he could reconstitute a weapons program. And the biggest threat facing America is terrorists with weapons of mass destruction.

We knew he hated us. We knew he’d been — invaded other countries. We knew he tortured his own people.

On the tax cut, it’s a big decision. I did the right decision. Our recession was one of the shallowest in modern history.

Now, you asked what mistakes. I made some mistakes in appointing people, but I’m not going to name them. I don’t want to hurt their feelings on national TV.


BUSH: But history will look back, and I’m fully prepared to accept any mistakes that history judges to my administration, because the president makes the decisions, the president has to take the responsibility.


But I digress… This all started with the simple thought that I owe every ounce of my splendid good health to an aversion to being poked and prodded by other people. I am convinced that, had I had run to the approved drug dispensers (doctors covered by my health insurance,) every time I felt an unusual ache or pain, I would be in a lot worse shape than I am.

I have heard that Americans spend more dollars per capita on “Health Care” than any other nation in the world and that we are one of only two industrialized nations which do not have National Health Care. Instead, we have Health Care Insurance for those that can afford it, a lifestyle guaranteed to make you sick and Doctors who, sadly, are becoming more and more influenced by the major drug companies.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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