A Brits' loathing of the American Right

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    Simon Hoggart's week: Why the American right make me sick | From the Guardian | The Guardian
    Why the American Right makes me sick

    Simon Hoggart
    The Guardian, Saturday 15 August 2009
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    • There are few tribes more loathsome than the American right, and their vicious use of the shortcomings in the NHS to attack Barack Obama's attempts at health reform are a useful reminder.

    I was thinking of this during a visit to my 91-year-old dad who is still in an NHS hospital after three weeks, recovering from a broken hip. He has had fantastic care, including a new metal hip, blood transfusions, different antibiotics to match every aspect of his condition; all administered by nurses who remain cheerful even when asked to perform tasks on men – the lethal combination of pain and old age makes some in the ward exceedingly grumpy – that I would not want to do for £1,000 a time. If he was in an American hospital he'd be using up half his life savings to get that standard of care, and few ordinary Americans could afford the insurance that would provide it. (This is because health insurers spend a large part of their income on PR against the "socialised medicine" and on sending pro forma letters explaining why your policy doesn't cover actual illness.) All over the US there are people whose lives are being destroyed for lack of proper health care provision, and there is no sight more odious than the rich, powerful and arrogant trying to keep it that way.
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    Well, he's not American, nor on the right.

    So how does his opinion matter again?
     
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    Who cares.
     
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    :lol:

    Okay!!!

    :lol:

    Who gives a fuck, right?

    Right?

    :lol:

    Does it make you want to keep things as they are just to spite him?

    :lol:
     
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    Who the fuck cares what this guy thinks? It's easy to sit on the outside and criticize, let him come live here for a few years then maybe his opinion will have some validity.
     
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    hmmmm........this assertion opens the door to all sorts of things......


    nevermind.....:lol:
     
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    He probably won't, the cost of medical insurance could be prohibitive to him :D

    But he doesn't need to live in the States to have an opinion on its health care Amanda. Lots of Americans who post here have never lived in Canada but can tell you all about Canadian health care ;)
     
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    Good, we don't need him. When you see me posting about Canada you can trot that line of logic out again. :)
     
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    Nah, I don't lie in wait for my next victim :lol:
     
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    We will. Thanks in advance.:eusa_angel:
     

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