July 06, 2007
If We Get Universal Health Care, the Terrorists Win
Josh has been following the spread of the meme connecting universal health care with terrorism. Seems to have started on Fox Noise, then moved to MSNBC, and now to the New York Sun.
Are these folks really that stupid, or is this propaganda from a desperate position?
The fact that the Al Qaeda plot to detonate car bombs in London and Glasgow was carried out by doctors working for the National Health Service has shocked the British public far more than the fact that they were Muslims.
Posted by Chuck Dupree at July 06, 2007 06:25 PM
The notion that the NHS might have been infiltrated by jihadists from the Middle East is as disturbing as the emergence two years ago of young British Muslim suicide bombers.
In fact, it is more disturbing, not just because doctors are meant to save lives rather than commit mass murder, but because the violation of this inner sanctum of the British way of life threatens the whole idea of integration — which is meant to be the answer to Islamism. The line between integration and infiltration is a thin one.
The NHS is the nearest thing to a religion that the British now have. For half a century the British have convinced themselves that the NHS is the envy of the world. It is — for the third world. And it is the third world’s doctors and nurses who keep alive this socialist cult of security from cradle to grave.
Maybe the American Medical Association has Great Britain in its cross hairs. They seemed to have killed all attempts to institute reform in the medical business as long ago as the 1940s, when the Republican governor of California proposed universal coverage in California way back when. Maybe the plan is to fight medical care over there before we have to fight it over here.
Chuck's right. Desperation has made these folks caricatures of themselves. Witness Coulter's hysterical attacks on John Edwards, if any further evidence were needed.
In fact, it is more disturbing, not just because doctors are meant to save lives
I doubt it. Some doctors for sure, but many are just in it for the money.
OK, I'm a cynic.
Down here, where John Howard uses a lot of "strategeries" from Bushwit's playbook, hey're also trying to whip up fear of "evil foreign doctors" who are under suspicion because they were mates of the men busted in Britain. It hasn't soured people on the national health system, which is more of a source of pride here than in the UK. (And better run, too. That's why I emigrated to this backwater on a medical worker's visa instead of the UK, where at least I would have been close to the Continent.) Instead, it's made them whinge about "why isn't Australia training enough of its own doctors?"
Plus, rural Queensland, where the suspect doctors worked, is a crap place for medical treatment. The most dangerous foreign doctor to work there was not a terrorist, but an incompetent AMERICAN MD of Indian descent named Jayint Patel. In 2004-2005, he did a lot of surgeries for which he was totally unqualified and killed about a dozen patients. It got to the point that nurses were hiding patients from him when he made surgical rounds, and the hospital management, which had recruited him, tried to cover up his mistakes. He fled back to the U.S., which is currently sheltering him.