Earlier today, a blogger named uniongal over at Daily Kos provided us with an extended view of Michael Moore discussing his movie “SICKO,” the healthcare industry and a raft of other issues on Hardball with Chris Matthews. She includes five lengthy YouTube video clips and Moore provides lots of great quotes.
In the various clips, Matthews keeps invoking the “socialism” On of my favorite exchange follows
CM: Why do the big shots…the dictators, some of the real nasty people in the world, whatever their politics, when they have a real health scare …they come here, why? Why do the come here to get fixed?MM: You mean, the rich come here…
CM: The Shaw, whoever it is. I don’t care.
MM: Because they have money.
CM: But why, don’t we have the “best” health care?
MM: Because, well we actually have very good health care, IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT.
CM: The best, apparently.
MM: We have …all the gadgets, all the equipment. We’re very good …we know what to do… and if you have money, you can have it.
CM: Will we still have it if we socialize it, if we go to the extra health care?
MM: …that’s why a lot of people don’t want to do it. Because if you share the pie, it doesn’t mean, maybe if you’ve got a lot of money, your slice isn’t going to be as big any more.
CM: It may not be as good a pie, though.
MM: It may not have all the frills that you get when you have a more money in this country, but everyone’s covered.
CM: But there’s a trade-off… I want you to explain the trade-off.
MM: I’d rather have the 47 million who are not covered right now, be covered.
Share the wealth.
The inscription on the Statue of Liberty, reads:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
That golden door that the goddess Columbia is talking about is one which is supposed to a land of opportunity, freedom from persecution, freedom of expression and democracy. (Some progressives would say, “peace, health and prosperity for everyone.”) If this country believes in this sentiment, how can we provide for the “huddled masses” if the healthcare industry and the medium & larger corporations and our executive and legislative branches of government ALL AGREE that there is no compelling reason to take the profit out of industries like healthcare and pharmaceuticals, in order to provide basic coverage for all?
Please join your friends from DL/Oakland for a conversation on healthcare with former CA Assemblymember Wilma Chan. We’re meeting Sunday, 7/29, 2007 for a casual brunch around 11:30am; Wilma will offer her informed remarks on this issue around 1:00pm, followed by your questions. Wilma is also running for the CA State Senate in 2008.
If you have not yet seen the movie SICKO, you owe it to yourself to watch the film and then drop by Luka’s on Sunday, fired up and ready to discuss how we can work to fix the system.