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  •  It is a civil rights bill (18+ / 0-)

    Health care access is the preeminent civil rights issue in America today. Nowhere is this more obvious than in states like South Carolina and Alabama where the white political establishment has callously abandoned their large African-American populations by flatly refusing to carry out state-level health care reform.

    The problem with Limbaugh's comments isn't that he characterized the bill as a civil rights bill. It is. Health care is a civil rights issue. The problem with Limbaugh is that he thinks being a civil rights bill is somehow a negative thing. Identifying something as a civil right doesn't make him a racist. Opposing a civil right is what makes him a racist.

    •  very important point ... eom (6+ / 0-)

      Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does. Margaret Mead

      by Lady Libertine on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 06:56:19 AM PST

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    •  Becks rant at C-pac, clearly (12+ / 0-)

      stated that all people don't have the right to health care. They have to work hard to earn that right. What he didn't say was if you can not afford to pay for health care or have a pre-existing condition then no matter how hard you work you will never earn that right.
      Both my husband and I worked all our lives, raised two daughters, sent them to college and then to law school. We always paid our taxes and contributed to this society. My husband was not a drug addict or an alcholic, like Mr. Beck. Last year my husband lost his job, and we could not afford COBRA payments on just my income. He also has a pre-existing condition, and is 64 years old, so according to Mr. Beck, he deserves to die if he should get ill.
      When I hear these people talk, I am reminded of a "Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens and the character of Ebenezer Scrooge. When he was asked by his nephew to contribute to the poor at Christmas time, his response was, "Are there no prisions, Are there no workhouses"? The nephew said of course there are, Scrooge then said, then let them go there if they are so bad off. The nephew replied,"Some would rather die than go there", and Scrooge said, "if they rather die, then let them do it and decrease the surplus population." This is exactly what Beck and Limbaugh are saying, only in updated terms. No money for healthcare, a pre-existing condition, then you are better off dead, so the rest who can afford insurance are not charged so much.

      •  exactly, their "hard work" argument is BS (4+ / 0-)

        since the central injustice of our health care system is that many people who do work hard fall into the don't-get-sick zone between a benefits-rich job and eligibility for a state-financed health care program.

        •  Freaking Beck would not know hard (4+ / 0-)

          work if it came and bit him in the ass. He is nothing but a snake oil salesman. "you can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time". Seems to me, his time is running out. He is talking more and more in circles. The first sign someone is lying to you they can't remember what the hell they said at another time. Beck is not that smart to be a good liar, he is constantly contradicted by the video tape.

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