August 09, 2009
The Voice of Reason…
…pictured here at a town hall meeting in Romulus, Michigan…
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 09, 2009 07:12 PM
I wonder how Norman Rockwell could ever paint that scene if he were around these days. Looks like something that should be on the cover of MAD magazine or the Fascist Pamphleteer.
I'm wondering about the color of his shirt. Isn't it a shade of brown?
Health care at modest prices is possible. I'm paying 119 Euros per month at the moment (170 $ US), all inclusive (even pension funds, nursing care etc). I'm 53 years of age and have no PRIVATE health insurance. I won't get a single room in hospital and I won't get "chief of staff" treatment. A friend of mine, same age, is privately insured, and get's the benefit of single-room and all. Only there's never a single room available at the hospital. That's too bad for him, for he's a paraplegic.
A nation that's not able to supply adequate health care to it's poorest has no right to call itself "civilized". Read John Kenneth Galbraith on that subject.
I'm saying that as a German and in full knowledge that Germany has been much less civilized in the past. America once taught us a lot, which it seems to have forgotten in the meantime ...
Peter -- we must have the same insurance, for I pay the same US $170 a month for my insurance in Germany and it is a great relief, after years doing it the American way, to know there aren't whole phone banks dedicated to paralyzing my claims or canceling me retroactively, which Humana once did after a root canal.
I also have the same general feelings about modern Germany and the U.S.
Germany is an island of calm and logic that has done such a good job identifying and preventing the problems that attract people to fascism -- as the US, meanwhile, descends into dangerous hysteria. Glenn Beck would never be allowed on TV in Germany.
I understand that in American eyes Germany will always be associated with the Holocaust, and maybe deserves to be, but there are lessons to be learned from the last 60 years, too, as Germany emerged from its hell.