Last week I watched the inauguration of the 44th president while sitting alone in my living room. I watched as people looked up with hope, expectation and joy. I then spent the next week listening to report after report on how bad the global economy is. I read articles on the economy, one of them claimin it will be as bad as 1946- in the UK that is BAAAAAAD!
On Monday/Tuesday I watched President Obama walking the halls and shaking hands and trying to get Republicans on board with his economic stimulus package. Yesterday I watched the vote count as Republican after Republican voted against it. Now I’m not living in the US so I’m not completely knowledgeable about what the package is calling for but it did make so sad that no one single Republican voted for it. With the economy imploding it’s still politics as usual.
I’ve also listened to people say they don’t want socialized medicine. On this issue I feel I am in a unique position as I am currently living in a country that has socialized medicine. I am a BIG fan of the National Health Service, NHS.
I suppose my question is, what exactly do you not like about socialized medicine? What do you like about private health care. Do you know that the UK has BOTH?
The other day I watched a panorama program where they showed people lining up to be seen by a charity that was originally set up to provide health care to 3rd world countries. They now spend 60% of their time in the US. I found myself getting angry. How is it that the richest nation in the world allows some of it’s citizens to go without such a basic fundamental human right.
I really am curious to hear what everyone has to say. I’ll put away my pinko-commie soap box now.