16 May, 11 | by Iain Brassington
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.