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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Trying to prove that government health care doesn't work
Posted by Jill | 8:20 AM
Does anyone else think that the Administration's appalling performance of treating Iraq veterans at Walter Reed and elsewhere is a deliberate attempt by the Bush Administration to "prove" that government-run health care doesn't work?

Pretty ironic for a guy who just had a nice preventative care procedure last weekend at taxpayer expense:

Democratic lawmakers in Washington say they're drafting a health care reform bill that would expand coverage for low-income kids. President Bush says he'll veto any such legislation, warning that it would lead the nation "down the path to government-run health care for every American."

Like that would be a bad thing.

What's particularly galling about Bush's position is that it's coming from a man who just underwent a colonoscopy performed at the taxpayer-funded, state-of-the-art medical facility at Camp David by an elite team of doctors from the taxpayer-funded National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

If anyone understands the benefits of government-run health care, it's the president.


Bush told an audience in Nashville last week that the Senate bill is "the beginning salvo of the encroachment of the federal government on the health care system." He said he'd veto any such legislation making its way to his desk.

That's a fine how-do-you-do for a guy who had five growths removed from his colon on Saturday largely at the government's expense and had them promptly examined by government experts at the government-run National Naval Medical Center.

Happily, the tests showed no sign of cancer. So Bush can rest easy for another few years, thanks to all that government health care.

No one at the White House could be reached to discuss how much the president paid out of his own pocket for the colonoscopy and subsequent testing.

Presidents typically have their own health insurance, although the first-class treatment they receive is largely defrayed by taxpayer funds. In other words, they're prime beneficiaries of government-run health care - just like in Cuba.

(h/t: Cookie Jill, who is not me)

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