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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Roget Ebert on universal care

Via Health Access:

I believe universal health care is, quite simply, [a?] right.
It is a moral imperative. I cannot enjoy health coverage and turn to my neighbor and tell him he doesn't deserve it. A nation is a mutual undertaking. In a democracy, we set out together to do what we believe is good for the commonwealth. That means voluntarily subjecting ourselves to the rule of law, taxation, military service, the guaranteeing of rights to minorities, and so on. That is a cheap price to pay...

It seems to me that universal health care is a win-win proposition. It provides an umbrella of protection for those who cannot afford or qualify for health insurance. This helps us all. Every time you learn from the news about our latest jobless statistics, consider this: A newly jobless person who was insured through an employee health plan is about to become a newly uninsured person. It's for our mutual good that we live in a healthier society. To provide universal coverage is the moral thing to do.

True. And:

I had great health for most of my life. Then in my 60s, cancer pulled the rug out from under me. Five surgeries, four rehabilitations, you don't want to know. I was lucky to have good employment-based insurance. I maxed it out. Medicaid came to the rescue. Many people don't have any insurance at all, and many companies are laying off insured older workers and hiring younger ones who are not being offered a health plan...

We need health care in this country. I suspect many of those opposed to it have never had to go through a health ordeal like mine. They may think they are well off and can handle their own expenses. They have no idea.

All true.

And Ebert voted for Obama based on health care. Unfortunately, ObamaCare isn't universal, not by any stretch of the imagination, and not even in its intenet. ObamaCare will leave tens of million without coverage. And in as far as intent goes, ObamaCare won't even reach out to the "vulnerable and disengaged." So. I hate to say that Obama conned Ebert like everybody else, but Obama conned Ebert like everybody else.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

Yes, and quite totally. From the same article quoted and linked, here is Ebert extolling the Supreme Court's upholding of the ACA mandate and the "high virtues" of Obamacare, in all their (at the time knowable) falsity:

"The Supreme Court has done us all a kindness. Obamacare shows the human community working at its best. For me, that's what it finally comes down to. If all of us, even the least fortunate, have access to competent medical attention, isn't that a wonderful thing? The poor, the old, the unemployed, those with pre-existing conditions?"

I mean, talk about a highly intelligent and humane man being 150% snookered.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

... not even a peep from Roger Ebert (may he rest in peace) regarding SINGLE PAYER. "Universal" healthcare was precisely the weasel word used to create the roach motel of the "public option," was it not?

The point isn't "universal healthcare" -- it is Single Payer (Medicare for All), which means universal and affordable (or free) healthcare that is a right for every single American regardless of economic caste.

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Submitted by katiebird on

But how did medicaid come to his rescue? I'd like to know more about that.

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Submitted by katiebird on

I should have said that I did love him but, his devotion to Obama and the ACA made me sick.

He was very wrong there.

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Submitted by Martin Finnucane on

This is why I hate Obama. As in, a deep, visceral hatred, something I never felt for W. Or any other president, not even Reagan. Obama is not merely corrupt, crude, crummy, etc. in the W sorta way. More than that, he is what he is, and enjoys his time upon the throne, because he exploits our better natures, our hopes and our generosity and our decency. The man is infinitely cynical, and we are his patsies. I think of that horrible "Yes we can" video from 2008, but I don't laugh - I gag. Those Obamabotic celebs may have been paper-thin, but I can only assume that they really meant it. And what, pray tell, did they get for their grimace-inducing earnestness? What did any of us get? A turd sandwich, that's what, and I think that our Hope and Change Czar is laughing at us. And why not? Aren't we, in our earnestness, just plain laughable?