Sunday, April 06, 2008

Money, that's what I want

(The Beatles: "Money")

John McCain thinks the Free Market™ should decide if you can have health insurance. Because the Free Market™ is more important than people's health. From the Boston Globe:
When Senator John McCain unveiled his healthcare proposal last fall, a journalist asked whether the Arizona senator's battle against skin cancer would make him sympathetic to the idea of requiring that insurance companies provide coverage to people with preexisting conditions.

McCain flatly rejected the idea. "That would be mandating what the free enterprise system does," McCain said.

McCain's response highlights the challenge he faces as he prepares to try to sell his healthcare plan in the fall campaign. He says the country must provide access to healthcare for all our citizens, and that "we need to help people who need it." But McCain also wants to shrink government's role in healthcare and doesn't want to impose regulations on insurance companies.

As a result, McCain's aides have been scrambling to come up with ways to satisfy those who want more coverage without violating what they call McCain's conservative principles on the issue.

Another example of Republican Ideology in search of a real world issue it can co-opt.

The Free Market™/free enterprise flag Republicans try to wave is designed to split Americans down the middle, separating people's wants and needs from reality. It appeals to people who dream of being entrepreneurs, starting their own businesses, and hate paying city and county taxes.

But in reality, the only people helped by the Free Market™ are Donald Trump and other billionaires who move corporate offices offshore for tax breaks, while paying tax rates lower than what average Americans pay.

The Free Market™ has one goal: profit. That's all, nothing else. it doesn't care if you live or die, if you lose your home to avaricious creditors, if your child goes to a 3rd world school in your town, or if that tumor is benign or malignant.

Anyone who shouts"Free Market™/free enterprise" doesn't care about you or me, or anyone. They only care about pieces of paper with dead president's portraits on them.

Please, don't listen to them. You're wasting your time.