Sunday, August 23, 2009

Medical Mythtakes

The pundits have declared health care reform dead because jackal turncoat traitorous sewer rat Democrats have successful negotiated with themselves and lost.

And so we have another victory for the Know-Nothing strain of Americanism characterized by its whiteness, its Protestantism and its servitude to the ideal of plutocractic capitalism.

I’m fine, personally. But maybe that’s because I am covered by government health care, which, by the way, gives me a choice of maybe 12 different plans. It works well because it covers so many people; which is the principle that Republican insurance-industry bootlickers understand all too well but that Democratic Milquetoasts don’t – to bring down costs, you insure as many people as possible. It is the crux of any business; discounts for volume.

But Republican stinkbombers who know all of this very well are out to destroy the president and keep their own constituents in economic and medical destitution while blaming the people with real ideas.

So, while it may be too late to do any good, here is a commentary in the Washington Post by one of its veteran foreign correspondents, “Five Myths About Health Care Around the World.”

After contemplating the power of myth in public policy, I did a quick search for fables that might help explain this latest episode in the crumbling of American political exceptionalism.

Professor Aesop offers the following commentaries:

  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
  • It is easy to propose impossible remedies
  • Abstain and enjoy
  • You cannot escape your fate
  • Yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield
  • Some men can blow hot and blow cold with the same breath
  • Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten
  • Those who suffer most cry out the least
  • Physician, heal thyself!
  • Fair weather friends are not worth much
  • Every man for himself

Today’s Republicans and the Democratic pawns of the insurance and drug industries must be descended from the mythological Hyperboreans, the “beyond-the-North-Wind-men who lived on the northern shores of the limitless river Ocean that ran around the earth. This fortunate race never knew care, toil, illness or old age.”

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