On One Hand

August 27, 2009

Republicans take Liberal Positions on Healthcare?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 11:17 pm
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Long have been the years that economic conservatives argued against healthcare reforms for fiscal and ideological reasons. Their side of the conversation goes something like this: what right does government have to put a taxpayer’s money towards another person’s healthcare? Medical care is a privilege, not a right. If you can’t pay for it, you aren’t entitled to it. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard some libertarian law student argue that “the right to be kept alive isn’t the same as the right to not be killed.”

Now ideological conservatives are trying to scare the public away from progressive policy points like the public option through the very opposite arguments: “Do you want to LIMIT the amount of money we should spend saving your grandma’s life?” Public healthcare means rationing, they argue; if you’re a member of a public option, the government might decide to put limits on what they’ll pay for in your case.

This is, of course, moot because, first, the public option is simply an option, and second, there are limits on access and supply of healthcare already, and the very purpose of the healthcare reform effort is to overcome those.

Lets get real, the life-is-more-valuable-than-money argument is far more of a Democratic value than a Republican value. Democrats wrote the bill for the very purpose of eliminating a system where people lose healthcare over financial concerns. Republicans are the ones who have always said you should only get healthcare as much as you have the money. The about-face they’ve done by trying to scare people into thinking what they’ve wanted all along is actually what the Democrats would do is not only hilarious, but an admission of guilt that their philosophies fail to carry water in the 21st century.


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