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March 6th, 2009at 11:33am Posted by Eli

Media Matters has posted another one of their intimidatingly comprehensive compilations of Republican attacks, this time on the subject of healthcare reform.  Turns out Republicans have decried every progressive healthcare proposal since the dawn of time as “socialized medicine.”

I know “socialized medicine” or any reference to “socialism” is supposed to be a magical scary buzzword that fills me with instant fear and loathing, but all I can ever think is, “Socialized medicine?  Hey, that sounds like a pretty sweet deal!”  I dunno, maybe it’s just because I’m a commie pinko liberal, but to me the idea of government taking over healthcare from the insurance companies seems like it would be a good thing.

Now, a mandate requiring everyone to buy healthcare coverage from the insurance companies… not so much.  Unfortunately, I think that’s probably closer to where the reality will be, because it answers the very constrained question that Team Obama and establishment Democrats are asking without ever admitting that they’re asking, namely, “How can we achieve universal healthcare without cutting the insurance companies out of the deal?”  As opposed to “How can we achieve universal healthcare?”, which has far more potential for positive outcomes.  Like socialized medicine.

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