Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rep. Shadegg: America's Getting "Soviet-Style Gulag Health Care"

Remember when Congressman Barney Frank was confronted by a member of the LaRouche group who called health care reform under President Obama "a Nazi policy"? This week, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), speaking to the House of Representatives, offered a different historical analogy to the same purpose:

Rep. Shadegg: You know, it occurs to me, and I’ll go through these other scandals very quickly, but what we’re really getting here is we’re not just getting single-payer care. We’re getting full on Russian gulag, Soviet-style gulag health care [...] It appeared in last Friday’s Wall Street Journal. You can Google it. You can pick up the phone and call Kim Strassel. You can ask her about Soviet-style gulag health care in America, where powerful politicians protect their constituents. (h/t Think Progress)

Dissident Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn revealed the world of the gulags to Western readers. During Stalin's reign of terror, the gulags held as many as 20 million people. At least 1.5 million were killed in the camps. Apparently some feel free to liken periods of mass murder during the 20th century to the attempt to increase quality, affordable health care coverage for all Americans.


Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

My younger brother Jeff is the shame of the Degan family. He not only lives in France, he actually likes it there. He has a French wife and two gorgeous little French daughters. Honestly I think the guy is a closet commie. Back in August, in a letter to his fellow countrymen and women regarding health care - or "Hell Care" as he called it (What a card!) - he ended it by saying:

"In short, in the US, you pay more, get less, and die younger than we do in Europe. What part of that don't you understand?"

Well, hey there! That's a danged good question! What part of that don't we understand? Why is it that so many of us have to be dragged, kicking and screaming like half-witted little preschoolers, into the brave new world of change? What the hell is the matter with us anyway? How can it be that such a huge number of Americans cheerfully join movements of mass stupidity and salivate on cue to the sound of Dr. Glenn "Pavlov" Beck's bell? It kind of makes you wonder, huh?

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Jeff Tone said...

Right you are, Tom. It does indeed make you wonder. Consider all these teabaggers demonstrating against their own interests, directed not only by Beck, but also by astroturf groups like Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks. I'm baffled here by the entire phenomenon, so the "Marxist" French must especially be scratching their heads.

John Tedder said...

The health care bill must have a public option. Do you remember Mr. Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life?" Think of the big insurance companies as Mr. Potter. Think of Jimmy Stewart and the Bailey Building and Loan as the public option. We need Jimmy Stewart and the Bailey Building and Loan so that people have someone to go to instead of crawling to Potter.

Jeff Tone said...

John: Exactly right. Excellent, concise cinematic analogy.