Pinheads on Parade
This is a clip of Glenn Beck, professional wouldbe Bill Maher, talking to a woman from my state of Massachusetts regarding health care. This lady may or not be a victim of Mitt Romney's abominable "health care plan" but she's adopting the populist position of universal health care.
Beck's reaction is to resort to name-calling and to hit the kill button while screaming and even shrieking for her to "get off my phone!" All she did was to give Beck the chance to qualify his position by asking him what he'd do to fix the health care system.
It's hard to follow his logic of Presidents, Prime Ministers and members of Parliament coming here to get the health care they can't get in their own countries while also claiming that foreigners can walk into a hospital or clinic in France, for instance, to get immediate and free health care.
First off, Presidents, Prime Ministers and members of parliament often come to the United States to see specialists whose expertise exceeds those in their native countries but I think we can take it as an article of faith that these statesmen enjoy a better health care plan than that enjoyed by many of us.
Secondly, Beck rails on about the Canadian health care system holding lotteries to see who gets treated and who doesn't. This is an unfortunate development in Canada but Beck doesn't go into the reasons for it. Canadian doctors, having been forced to accept higher volumes of patients, were forced to develop a lottery system to maintain a high level quality of health care for the patients that they could safely treat.
This is largely because of the doctor shortage in Canada. A recent study found that Canada ranked 23rd out of 30 nations in terms of its doctor to population ratio. There were only 2.2 doctors for every thousand Canadians.
Still, taking even this into account, the Canadian health care system is still far superior to our own and we're a nation in which there are roughly three practicing physicians per thousand. And their Canadian counterparts can devote a higher percentage of time to actual health care because they don't have to bother with insurance paperwork and battling HMO case managers second guessing them.
But Beck's response when asked what he'd do to fix our health care system is to hysterically shriek like a bitch getting his cherry popped in the prison shower. This is what passes for rational discourse in a "liberal" MSM that continues putting clowns like Beck on the air.
I've heard stories from Los Angeles and other places of people sitting on hospital steps in a gown holding their IV drip in their hands because their insurance ran out or people literally dying in emergency rooms or in transit to free clinics because they didn't have insurance. Plainly, something needs to be done but right wing bozos like Beck start shrieking hysterically about "socialized health care" that rich white fucks like him will then have to subsidize with higher taxes.