$600 million socialized healthcare preparation provision in new ‘stimulus’ plan could cause discomfort for all Americans
By Rick Saunders
In one of the aisles in your friendly neighborhood pharmacy, somewhere between the foot powder and the Kaopectate, there is a soothing balm formulated to treat and relieve the pain of–there is no polite euphemism for the condition–hemorrhoids. Someone unfortunate enough to experience the condition is left irritated, slightly itchy, and unable to sit right for at least a few days — not unlike Monica Lewinsky after a “strategy session” with her boss in the Oval Office.
That boss, of course, was former President Bill Clinton and, in much more recent history, one cannot help but recall the colorful description offered up by Democrat strategist and former Clinton adviser Paul Begala describing the style of now-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as being “… a cross between a hemorrhoid and a toothache.”
Well, one popular hemorrhoid balm is marketed under the name “Preparation H.” Perhaps you’ve heard of it, or even had occasion to . . . never mind. Nevertheless, next time you find yourself wandering between the foot powder and Kaopectate, take a look at what is contained in a tube of Preparation H; you’ll find that one of the main active ingredients comes from a slightly odd and unexpected place — shark liver oil.
That’s right, Virginia, that which soothes the discomfort of “those things” comes from sharks.
Speaking of sharks and of “preparations,” we now learn courtesy of Congressman David Obey, a Democrat [what else?] from Wisconsin, that one ingredient in the much-vaunted “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009″–the new Obama administration’s feckless attempt to treat and soothe the consequences of the failed policies of yesterday’s liberalism by slathering on the nation tomorrow’s policies of socialism-lite–is a provision intended to “. . . prepare our country for universal healthcare.”
This statement, while not appearing in the actual language of the bill, is contained in a press release issued last week by Obey, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. The press release–perhaps better described as a novella hyping the wonderful future awaiting our nation under the new administration–notes under the misleading heading “Lower Healthcare Costs” that $600 million is being allocated to “. . . prepare our country for universal healthcare by training primary healthcare providers including doctors, dentists and nurses as well as helping pay medical school expenses for students who agree to practice in underserved communities through the National Health Service Corps.”
Translation: Get ready to lay the groundwork for socialized medicine, America-style.
And for those wishing to review the truly absurd nature of other portions of this so-called “stimulus” bill, the Republicans on Obey’s committee issued their own eye-opening summary. Some highlights: $726 million for “after school snacks” and $650 million to extend the analog-to-digital TV conversion coupon program. Great. Nearly $1.4 billion to facilitate the provision of taxpayer-funded Cool Ranch Doritos to pasty, pimpled, obese after-schoolers as they plop down in front of their taxpayer-funded converter-box equipped analog televisions in a digital world. Poor babies. Oh well, I guess we can all take comfort in knowing, according to Obey, that “there are no earmarks in this package.”
[The entire package sounds like a giant earmark to me -- Jeff]
Rocket science, this is not: if $600,000,000.00 is needed to merely PREPARE the United States of America for “universal healthcare,” can there be any doubt that the actual cost of implementing healthcare for everyone here–presumably including illegal aliens, criminals in prison and the enemy combatants to be freed from detention in Guantanamo to live in Congressman Jack Murtha’s district–will be cataclysmically higher? A blind Martian could see that, but only in the goofy mind of a liberal Democrat like Obey could a trillion dollar universal healthcare program be described as a way to achieve “lower healthcare costs.”
If six-tenths of a billion dollars is just the preview of coming attractions before the main event–”universal healthcare” a.k.a. socialized medicine and all of its horror stories–Americans should think twice about the shark liver oil balm being peddled by Obey and the new administration as being the “cure” for what ails you. If ever there were a “cure” worse than the disease, “universal healthcare,” as defined by the liberal mind, would be at the top of the list.
Assuming the new president shares Obey’s views on the topic (duh…), perhaps this proposal can be called “Preparation O-balm-a.” However, regardless of the label used to describe this horror-show of a stimulus plan, any way you slice it, there will be pain.
Like a hemorrhoid, but without the charm.
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.