[ExI] What Kind of Health Care System is That, Again?

Lee Corbin lcorbin at rawbw.com
Wed Apr 9 04:18:19 UTC 2008

Damien wrote

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> What I'm reeling from consciously at the moment is the proven 
> my-poverty-creating absence in the USA of the sort of medical
> health system, funded from taxation together with private
> insurance, that would support me in Australia.[1]
> "Socialism" is an absurd would-be "red-baiting" description,
> but it's presumably the sort of scare label that frightens many
> working USians away from demanding such a health system.

I'm sorry to grope about in search of a term that would self-
describe you and your fellow travelers. (Oops, sorry.)
Anything except "progressive" will do. 

> [1] I await the inevitable reply (although not from Lee):
> "Why doncha go back there, then, ya Commie stooge?"

Yes, you ought to be safe here from such mindless suggestions.
I myself, for example, might choose to move somewhere else
for a better standard of living or for some other reason, yet 
should that require that I not be free to criticize any aspects
of my new home (or any other thing, for that matter)? 
Certainly not!

Still the question does pop up in people's minds, "After paying
those taxes all those years in Australia in exchange for, er,
"socialized" health care, what could have been so attractive
to want to make you leave?  To which you can very rightly
and justly say "None of your damn business".  That could
very well be my own answer if I relocated to London, say,
and then started criticizing certain aspects of life or the
government there.


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