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Facing His Waterloo Edition

Jim Demint in healthcare ad

If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”

Sen. Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, was caught in the accidental act of telling the truth this week, when he took an issue that affects all Americans — their access to affordable heathcare — and reduced it to an act of political one-upsmanship.

It seems Sen. DeMint doesn’t care whether or not President Obama’s plan will help address the problem of the uninsured or reform a system that rewards insurance companies and hospitals at the expense of doctors and patients. He just wants to stick it to the president, like the patriotic American he is.

Interesting stat I heard today: five out of six Americans have health insurance. And three out of four of those are satisfied (if not happy) with that health insurance. Some in Washington take this to mean that Americans don’t really care about healthcare reform.

Ya know the stat I’d like to see? I’d like to know how many Americans have a horror story — or, if not a horror story, a story of major inconvenience — about their experiences with their health insurance company? How many have waded through forms and phone calls, endured clerical errors, been denied a claim, etc., because or the vagaries of their health insurance provider?

Having lived in Scotland for a time, I just wish we could have a system like other civilized countries. You know – one where people don’t go bankrupt because they’ve been diagnosed with cancer or because their husband was hit by a motorcycle. Must be nice.

How the other half (and by “half” I mean “just about every other Western democracy”) lives.



  1. Yorkshire Pudding says:

    As an Englishman, I am very proud of our National Health Service. My wife works within this huge organisation and I must say that as a “user” my experience has always been positive and perhaps more importantly – free. The same for our children – their health care has never depended upon their parents’ income. English people may moan and groan about their health service but compared with the feeding frenzy in the USA, we are very fortunate indeed.

  2. YP — Having your access to a doctor depend on your possession of a full-time job has never been a system that’s made much sense to me.

  3. Dougie says:

    Hear hear!

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