Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy is dead. Now, "Chappaquidicare"?

Robert "KKK" Byrd wants to name the Democrat's government health care program after Kennedy: Byrd wants health bill renamed for Kennedy
"In his honor and as a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling and have a civilized debate on health care reform which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name for his commitment to insuring the health of every American," Byrd said.
Well I can think of one American's health he was not committed to:

He left Mary Jo Kopechne trapped under water in his car, to suffocate to death in a small amount of air. He didn't tell authorities she was there till the next morning, too late to save her life.

If he had told them sooner, and at least tried to have her rescued, I could have more sympathy. But he didn't. He was more worried about protecting his career.

Maybe Byrd is right. Maybe government run healthcare should be named after Ted Kennedy. We could call it "Chappaquidicare". That way, when you die from neglect while waiting for rationed medical treatment, you might understand why: because the politicians who passed it were protecting their own power and interests, not looking out for yours.

If that sounds harsh, consider that Congress exempts itself from the healthcare plan they wish to force on the rest of us. There is a reason for that.

We do need health care reform. But is what our politicians doing in YOUR best interests, or theirs? Let's make sure it's the former, not the later. Let's make sure the Democrats, drunk with power, don't run our current healthcare system off a bridge, and give us "Chappaquidicare". There are plenty of excellent, better ways to reform our healthcare system, that won't suffocate us, trapped and neglected under a sea of debt.

As for Ted Kennedy himself, The Anchoress has a very thoughtful and considered post about his life and death:

Ted Kennedy, Healthcare & Purgatory

Gosh, she hit all the bases, while still being kind. It's better than anything I could say.

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