Britain is a rich country and may fare better than others. But the N.H.S. is creaking at the seams after years of underfunding [my bolding]. A decade of cuts by successive Conservative governments has stripped the service of resources. Staff morale is low and retention is poor. We are already working at capacity.
(Jessica Potter, “I’m a Doctor in Britain. We’re Heading Into the Abyss,” NYTimes, 3-18-20)
I live in a state that’s been cherry-red since Ann Richards was defeated by ‘W’ in 1994. “Creaking at the seams after years of underfunding” is an apt descriptor for the Texas healthcare system, and indeed for the U.S. system in general. True to form, the Grand Old Party has striven mightily to splay, flay, and fillet Obamacare from the very day of its enactment, down to the present moment.
One of my projects for the new era of isolation and social distancing we live in is to research why efficient, equitable, well-functioning, robust public healthcare systems appear to be anathema to white conservatives in two “advanced” countries.
Related topic to explore: Why do conservatives such as Drew Pinsky, Rob Schneider, Sean Hannity, Sharyl Attkison, Jerry Falwell Jr. and Ron Paul scoff in various ways at the virus scare?
“This is not affecting people who are healthy,” Mr. Schneider said, falsely.
(Jeremy W. Peters, “From Jerry Falwell Jr. to Dr. Drew: 5 Coronavirus Doubters,” NYTimes, 3-18-30)
(c) 2020 JMN
I tend to think that in most cases if you know two or three things people believe you can guess the rest. If you can crack why conservatives reject quality public health care, and played down the vaccine, your next assignment is figuring out why they are almost universally climate change deniers. They are also against free college.
I see a theme there, and it’s not wanting to pay for a social safety net or the general good of the populace, couples with an unwillingness to sacrifice profit to protect the general population.
I miss the old-school liberal humanists, who have now been replaced by the revolutionary guard itching to declare the year zero.
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