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My latest video deals with the question of life and who should be protecting it.  The government may be an over bloated bureaucracy but it is the only bureaucracy that is legally sworn to protect the citizen's lives.  Even people who hate the government need to admit that the one area that we give the government lots of power is when it is protecting our lives.  We gladly accept this government's police protection, fire protection, rescue protection, and no piece of military hardware is too expensive to keep us safe.  Why is health protection so different?  It is the exact same kind of protection, mandated by the US constitution, because it deals directly with the life, death and general welfare of the citizens.

The transcript is below the fold.

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Every Month 1,666 people die because they have either no insurance or bad insurance.

Repeat After Me:  

If you're pro life, you should be pro government healthcare because only the government is sworn to protect people's lives.  The same government provides police protection, fire protection, rescue protection and makes sure no piece of military hardware is to expensive to keep us safe.

"I solemnly swear to protect the American people's lives. . . . " that's the government!

Who is Blue Cross sworn to protect?

Repeat After Me:

If you're pro life. . .

The concern over abortion is a completely fair concern but there's a whole lot more life on the table right now than just that category.

Police protection, fire protection. . .

If you neighbor's house is on fire, your house might burn down too. If your neighbor's kid is sick and they can't afford to go see a doctor, your kid might get sick too!

Rescue protection. . . .

What really is the difference between military protection and health protection except that the enemy is. . . smaller?  It's still invading isn't it?

Repeat After Me:

Private insurance companies don't swear to protect the people's lives.  

Repeat After Me:

To a private insurance company, our health is a resource.  It's either an asset which they exploit or it's a liability which they terminate. . . .

Repeat After Me:

To the government, we ARE the thing they're supposed to protect.

If you're pro life, then you should be pro government run healthcare:

Medicare, Medicade, Veterans Administration, DOD, the government employees insurance plan. . .

Repeat After Me:

Even the people who don't like government have to agree that the one thing we give the government a lot of power to do is to protect our lives and our well being.

Repeat After Me:

Given the choice between someone who legally sees you as a resource and someone who legally sees you as their responsibility, which one would you trust to make sure that your treatment won't be terminated because it's too expensive?

Repeat After Me:

You should be pro government run healthcare.

This is life we are talking about.  This is life!

Why wouldn't you be pro government run healthcare?

Because only the government is obligated by law to protect our lives!

Repeat After Me:

Police protection, fire protection, rescue protection, Coast Guard. .  No piece of military hardware is too expensive to keep us safe right?

If you're pro life, you should be pro government healthcare.

Please. .  pass it on.

Originally posted to Plisko on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 10:18 AM PDT.

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  •  i was just wondering this (2+ / 0-)
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    RoIn, blackjackal

    how so many pro-life people could oppose gov health care.......

    I mean i'm pro-life, (anti-abortion, anti-dp, anti-war ect) and i think gov health care is a nice quick way to drop the abortion rates since more women will be able to afford to choose to have a kid, and maybe more willing to raise one knowing that health isn't an issues.

    -Gabe

    •  As we've seen so many times before... (2+ / 0-)
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      RoIn, firemage

      Many people who are "pro-life" only care about a person until birth. After that, they should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.

      This isn't a fair assessment for all pro-life groups; at least some (like Catholics) are consistent: against abortion, but also against the death penalty. I don't necessarily agree with them, but at least their ideals aren't hypocritical.

      •  Indeed (1+ / 0-)
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        RoIn

        Part of the reason I took this angle in the video is because of exactly what you say.  The people organizing against healthcare reform are overwhelmingly Republicans who are overwhelmingly pro life.

        If a pro life person cares at all about intellectual consistency and rational thinking, it should be pretty hard to argue that the best protector of life is the agency legally bound by the constitution to protect life.  Private industry legally takes an oath to protect it's investors, not life.  In a choice between taking action to save someone's life and not taking action in the name of serving the investors,  a private company is LEGALLY BOUND to serve the investors. There is no getting around that.

        I'm hoping we can at least appeal to the reasonable religious conservatives by spelling it out this way. . . .

    •  "Pro-life" as it is applied to abortion (1+ / 0-)
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      martydd

      has absolutely nothing to do with the death penalty or war. It has nothing to do with being "pro" or "anti" anything. It just means that you have arbitrarily (or perhaps due to your religious beliefs) decided that life begins at conception and that a fetus is a life. Based on this, you have decided that because you are right and others are wrong, nobody should have the right to abort a living thing. Therefore, pro-life is a total misnomer. I am not "pro-life" but that doesn't make me "anti-life". Moron.

      Pro-choice has everything to do with choice, thus it is a good title. I recognize it as a somewhat strange and rather arbitrary decision to have to make, that is, when life begins. I have made my mind up, but it is completely irrelevant to my overall pro-choice beliefs. I cannot make that decision for everyone. I can only make it for myself. And as I am male, all I can hope to do is to make sure that I don't decide for women who have to deal with it.

      There is nothing inherently illogical about beinh pro-choice and anti-abortion. You're against it, but you let others make up their own minds.

      Thus, pro-life is an insulting term that has nothing to do with capital punishment or war. It's just a false frame used by people who want to make a woman's decision for her. You're anti-choice. In the end, the conservatives who believe in the death penalty and "pro-life" legislation are very CONSISTENT. They don't want the woman or the convicted felon to have any choice power over their own bodies and lives. They want others to have the control.

      Stop it.

      Souvenir shirt in Toronto: Front: "What's the definition of a Canadian?" Back: "An unarmed American with healthcare"

      by beatengeneration on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 10:40:39 AM PDT

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      •  this person said (0+ / 0-)

        "the concern over abortion is completely fair." That does not necessarily make him anti-choice. I am pro-choice and agree with that statement. It is not a minor issue and women who have abortions are often saddened by it. This does not translate to "it should be outlawed," but it is not irrelevant or somehow a neutral thing, abortion.

        "Wisdom begins when you discover the difference between "That doesn't make sense" and "I don't understand." - Mary Doria Russell

        by mieprowan on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 10:44:37 AM PDT

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        •  No. (1+ / 0-)
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          mieprowan

          You are referring to the diarist.

          I was commenting on the commenter who wrote: "I mean i'm pro-life, (anti-abortion, anti-dp, anti-war ect) and i think gov health care is a nice quick way to drop the abortion rates since more women will be able to afford to choose to have a kid, and maybe more willing to raise one knowing that health isn't an issues."

          As if there is somehow a correlation between restricting a woman's right to make a decision for herself and not executing prisoners.

          One is peaceful and the other is theocratic (most of the time).

          Souvenir shirt in Toronto: Front: "What's the definition of a Canadian?" Back: "An unarmed American with healthcare"

          by beatengeneration on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 10:50:49 AM PDT

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          •  I stand corrected. (1+ / 0-)
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            beatengeneration

            thanks for the clarification, my bad.

            "Wisdom begins when you discover the difference between "That doesn't make sense" and "I don't understand." - Mary Doria Russell

            by mieprowan on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 10:54:51 AM PDT

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          •  For what it's worth (0+ / 0-)

            For what it's worth I am actually trying to push the definition of "pro life" into it's correct, broader, meaning.  

            You are right about the distortions around that term but I don't think it's fair to scold people who are trying to use the term correctly, as the above comenter is. .  and as I am.  

            The foundation of the pro life movement, for all it's hysteria, is that God mandates us to protect human life.  All the biblical passages they point to as a mandate to protect the fetus. . are actually referring to life in general and sometimes the lives of children (the ones already born).  THEY, the "pro life movement" are the ones who narrowed the common definition to just "preborn life". . In my mind, if we get too crazy about how the term is used in discussion, we are actually buying into their distortion of the term rather than trying to put it back into the context it belongs in.

            I, also believe that the pro life movement does cover more than just the issue of women's rights.  It is the same people who want to take the same kind of control over end of life decisions of both men and women.

  •  nice job (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks, guy. This is some fresh, out-of-the-box thinking in a morass of toxic swill that certain folks are drinking like Jim Jones Kool-Aid. Something like this (and we need more re-frames!) could snap someone out of their abysmal trance. Said person would have to be open to listening for 30 seconds, of course, which seems to be a problem, but that's no reason not to create these spots.

    Keep up the good work. You're inspiring. I was about to curl into a fetal position in the corner and whimper pathetically out of pure frustration for the rest of the month.

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