At a political gathering today, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said a weird thing today. She said that she was chatting with an american guy who had lived in Japan, and he said that Japanese people are afraid to talk about health care in public in case they get taken off the list of people who get free health care....
HA HA HA HA HA! This is so ignorant and so absurd that it is hard to count the ways in which it is wrong wrong wrong.
1. In Japan, health care is for everyone. You can't be taken off the list of people who get health care, because there is no list. Everybody gets health care in Japan. Everybody. In the USA, there is a list of people who DON'T get health care. It's called being uninsured. Oooh be very afraid that you might get on THAT list, baby! :) That's the status quo, you know Michele, what we have now, the thing that you are defending.
2. While we are on the subject of Japan, Japan as a nation spends about one half as much money per capita on health care as we do. Nevertheless, they live a number of years longer than we do, on average. And they have no uninsured people in Japan. Think we could learn from them? Maybe.
Oh for God's sake I am doing it again, arguing with Michele Bachmann. I might as well argue with the squirrels that keep trying to rob the birdfeeder in the back yard. Like that would make them stop.