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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Boss Hogg's health care

Welcome to Mississippi, where rhetoric and reality don't match, a state reliant on federal dollars and one where, the governor acknowledges healthy citizens are a rarity.
“I grew up in a society where if it wasn’t fried you were asking, ‘Why not?’ If it was good you would make it even better with a lot of sugar and butter on it."
And Haley Barbour wants to do to America what he and his own state have done to its residents.

The GOP presidential hopeful is disdainful of health insurance and "ObamaCare" declaring "One of the great problems in the conversation is the misimpression that if you don’t have insurance, you don’t get health care.’’

True that. Federal law requires emergency rooms to treat anyone who walks in and the cost is absorbed by others, hospitals or the federal government itself, which already pays 75 percent of the Medicaid costs in a state that:
...ranks last among states in poverty and in a variety of health measures. It has more than its share of obesity and diabetes, which result in high rates of heart attack and stroke.
Uncle Sucker, you and I already pay the Mississippi health bill and continue to shell out because the Republicans who have run that state since Democrats were run out by Lyndon Johnson don't really care about the poor people they are elected to serve.

Barbour is a classic -- a well-fed former Washington lobbyist who once declared the White Citizens Councils were simply misunderstood. He would almost be a hilarious spoof of Boss Hogg.

Barbour is comfortable in the hallways of power and his good ol' boy personality makes for a charmer on the campaign trail. George Wallace angry he is not.

But his disdain for the problems of the disadvantaged of his state, people already heavily reliant on the federal government because Mississippi can't or won't act, is also a perfect reflection of the modern Republican Party, one that caters to the super rich while asking everyone else to sink or swim on their own.

Classic GOP -- I got mine. Buzz off.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's almost as if statements and attitudes like his are caricatures they are so bizarre. Sadly, they are not, but reflect their reality.

April 20, 2011 8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the national level they are what some complain about on the local level. They're the lazy fat welfare queen or the illegal alien stuffing themselves with ding-dongs and then complaining when I don't want to pay for their heart transplant. But isn't that what national health care is all about. Don't fret paying their way, soon we'll all be equally poor.

April 20, 2011 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"paying their way" is also paying YOUR way.

April 20, 2011 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The White Citizens Council consisted of "pillars of the community" who wore suits and ties, and directed the actions of the KKK.

April 20, 2011 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they are the duly elected officials, they must have won the majority of the vote. If they won the vote they are performing the will of the people. Must be most people in the state want things the way they are? They want to be fat and unhealthy, we want to allow gay marriage and teens to get abortions without parental consent, states rights what a wonderful thing.

April 21, 2011 11:28 AM  

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