Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Oh boy

Capitalist Lion has a new post, a rebuttal post, and it's even more clueless than his original post.

You'll remember Mr. Lion was the fella who said that because Canadians were crossing the border to seek health care here, that proved we had the best health care system in the world, huh, so there?

Well, apparently lots of folks pointed out to him, in emails and fiery comments, what a silly thing that was to believe, because he's written a lengthy post that essentially says two things:

(1) People who are poor in America are just too lazy to work, because everybody who wants to be a MILLIONAIRE in America CAN BE ONE! Just get a job at McDonalds and start WORKING! (I think this guy really believes this, by the way. Just go read his post. Not kidding.)

(2) Even if you don't have much money you can still get the BESTEST HEALTH CARE IN THE WORLD here in America and pay for it with your job at McDonalds. I think he believes this one too. Apparently he owed a few thousand to some hospital once and he paid it off a few hundred a month over a few years and everything was fine, so he figures everyone else in the country should be able to do the same, so what's the problem?

Mr. Lion, I'm guessing, (1) doesn't live in one of those states where the hospitals are allowed to charge interest on what you owe them; (2) never got cancer or any othr serious disease (3) never had anything bad happen to him while he was without medical insurance (4) does not himself have a chronic medical condition and does not have a family (he pays $250, he tells us, for his medical insurance) (5) doesn't live in one of the states that lets hospitals turn your bill over to collection agencies and (6) doesn't understand that anecdotal evidence isn't evidence.

Or, to put it more plainly, Mr. Lion, just because it happened to you doesn't make it universal truth.

Though I do realize, of course, that you are the center of the goddam universe.


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