It’s been pointed out to me that some readers have taken my post, “Top Ten Obama Socialist Programs and How They Can Be Eliminated”, seriously.
Sorry folks, but that was satire and my attempt to point out how the term socialism is being misused.
I was trying to make the point that
social lifelines and especially guaranteed national healthcare should be
as ubiquitous and taken for granted in this country as having a fireman
come to your house to put out a fire.
None of our social programs is
socialism. However, the far right and the Tea Party folks like to misuse
the term to scare people and sway elections. No one in their right mind
would consider doing away with fire, police, military, public schools,
the FDA, or the EPA …except Rick Perry, and I already said no one in
their right mind.
When you hear the far right screaming
about socialist programs and “ObamaCare” think about our seniors on
social security and medicare. The same type of opposition was screaming
the same empty rhetoric when those programs were first introduced.
Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Johnson were painted with the same
knee-jerk labels. But today in historical perspective we say how
farsighted these presidents were and what great programs they
It is shameful on a
monumental scale that we are the only prosperous nation on the planet
that doesn’t guarantee health care for all of its citizens. This
is not a new debate. It’s been going on for over 70 years.
In January of 1943 , President Roosevelt, in his state of the Union message, called for social insurance “from the cradle to the grave.”
In 1947 President Truman, in
another special health message to Congress, again requested a National
Health Program. S. 1320 was introduced by Senators Wagner and Murray;
Senator Taft’s bill (S. 545) was also reintroduced.
It wasn’t until July
30, 1965 that Medicare (as part of the Social Security Amendments of
1965) was signed into law by President Johnson. That’s a 20 year fight
just to get something passed that we all take for granted now.
Social Security was signed into law in 1935
and was patterned after similar systems operating successfully in
Europe, including Germany’s system which started in the 19th century.
Sound familiar? Every European nation offers healthcare to all.
Germany started theirs in 1883 and England in 1911. At the
rate we’re going my guess is we’ll be arguing about this for another 40
years and then our great-grandchildren will accept it as normal, just
like police and fire protection.