Apparently, I Support Slavery

I like the idea of free-at-the-point-of-use healthcare, and if you want to call that a right, that’s fine with me, too.  In the world of Tea Party-affliated Republican senator Rand Paul, that means I’m the sort of person who’d support turning up at a physician’s door with the police, and forcing that physician (and all the necessary support staff) to work for free.  Which means I support slavery.

Don’t believe me?  Watch him in action here…*

I particularly like the look on the face of the person sitting behind him; she seems to be trying to work out whether she’s dozed off and is dreaming all that.

In all seriousness, though: if there’re any American readers of this blog, could you let me know something?  I understand that there’re arguments to be made against public health care, or even the watered-down Obamacare stuff.  (Let’s not worry about whether they’re good arguments for the moment: it’s enough that there are arguments at all.)  But how is it that this kind of preposterous claim can be made, apparently with a straight face, by the opponents of a public option?  Is it a kind of political kamikaze?  I mean: Paul can’t expect to be believed… can he?

*One day, I’ll work out how to embed videos into this thing.  It’s only 80 seconds or so, though.  H/T ThinkProgress.

  • I'm not sure why you are surprised that preposterous claims are being made. Opponents of anything range from the sane to the less sane. I'll grant you it's a bit much coming from a senator, but then a quick glance at elected representatives like George Galloway on this side of the pond, shows that wilful stupidity and hyperbolic exaggeration is hardly limited to the American right.

    So far as I can tell, his rant is a clumsy attempt at extension of the general libertarian proposition that taxation is slavery. This in turn is a less accurate and more emotive way of saying that taxation is robbery. And given the enthusiasm for talk of 'Robin Hood' taxes, you'd have to at least partially concede that point.

    We shouldn't be surprised that politicians resort to this kind of lazy, over the top, emotive language. It's a shame that doctors have to get mixed up in it, but then the more healthcare is publicly funded, the more politicians will be obliged to meddle with it, and the more doctors will be caught up in it all.

    Whether US doctors prefer the duplicity of politicians to the avarice of insurance companies remains to be seen….