Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Better Than Cuba- And Mozambique

Rush Limbaugh is right.

Yesterday, Limbaugh quoted Barack Obama and referred to health care in Cuba, saying

"I happen to be a proponent of single-payer, universal health care coverage, a single-payer health care plan, universal health care plan. That's what I'd like to see." (end godlike reverb) That's what they have in Cuba.

The controversial rankings in 2000 by the World Health Organization did in fact rate Cuba as having only the 39th best health care in the world. That put it only two spots behind the United States, an ignominious place to be. And perhaps it would be a bad system even without the embargo.

But according to this posting from August, 2009, the United States is the only one of thirty-three industrialized nations without universal health care. Of these nations, sixteen (16) have a single payer health care. And of those sixteen, twelve (12)- that would be 75%- have a better system than does the U.S.A.

Therefore, Rush, our country does have better health care than Cuba- and Bahrain! Brunei! Slovenia! Kuwait!

Although Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, and most of the right-wing radio charlatans like the American death care system because they are consistently protective of corporate hegemony, many of their listeners, from a distorted sense of patriotism, are reluctant to consider the possibility that another nation might have something we can learn from. For both groups, then, a musical tribute (video below, though I wouldn't agree with everything in the song) to a health care system superior to that found in Albania, Tunisia, Paraguay, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Guatemala, Syria, Liberia, and so many others.

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