Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Clinton unveils health plan, rivals attack: "She takes her inspiration from European bureaucracies ... it's a European-style socialized medicine plan," Romney said in New York City.

Elsewhere, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki categorically denounced the prospect of peace in Iraq as a sign of "Canadian-style stability". Paraphrasing Michele Mekel from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, the sort of low-level civil war in which Iraq is currently mired is "more palatable to [Iraqis] based on our values system, rather than socialist plan such as Canada's, for example."

Simply saying that something is European, Canadian or socialist does not mean it is a bad thing. In fact it's actually a good thing. Besides, America already has a socialized military, education system, justice system, highway system, and so on. All this, presumably, was the result of adopting cowardly European ways. More seriously, limited state-provided health care has been around for over four decades in America, though it might comfort Romney and others to know that poor people still suffer in America.

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