That headline was from a 2012 Politifact discussion. It’s relevant because Boehner repeated the comment which gave rise to the 2012 Politifact discussion again this month, November 2013. It is is indeed odd how even supposedly objective entities, like Politifact, reshape the statements of Republicans, abetting construction for them of a mantle of reasonableness. Donning this cloak, this mantle of credibility, the conservatives are then free to support the crypto-fascist’s schemes of the Koch brothers, the ALEC agenda if you will, in the face of weakened scrutiny. What Boehner said was that Obamacare will ruin “the best health care delivery system in the world.” In order to portray the joker, John Boehner, as being a respectable contributor to the health care conversation Politfact has to change the discussion from one about the best health care delivery system to one about the best health care system. What muddies the discussion and allows Politifact to give Boehner a “Half True” on its “Truth-o-Meter” is the veil Politifact conveniently supplies from the phrase “delivery system,” effectively taking it off the field. Politifact gets into discussing the quality of care some people can obtain allowing in the following Boehner praise of the status quo
“ wealthy foreigners flock to the U.S. to receive care because of its cutting-edge facilities, and that the U.S. is among the leaders, if not No. 1, in medical research and pharmaceutical development.”
Give the joker a chance to defend his original assertion and he will make you laugh. Of course wealthy foreigners can get quality care, even while Republican administrations in states in the union will not expand Medicaid so that poor Americans can get medical care. We’re talking health care delivery here. And delivery or access depends too heavily on income and the Affordable Care Act seeks to address that and of course that involves a reduction in insurance industry profits and the guy who handed out tobacco checks on the House floor, the crypto-fascist foot soldier, would have a problem with that.
And as for his reference to America’s cutting-edge facilities and medical and pharmaceutical development, Boehner seems to be implying that those things were somehow things bequeath to America by a private sector without government assistance because you know how government gets in the way. Far be it from the crypto-fascists to note “
As the world’s leading medical research institution, the
NIH funds more than 35,000 research grants each year to scientists across the country
making advances against heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases. NIH-funded
scientists have won 93 Nobel Prizes over the years, and researchers in the NIH’s own labs
have won 5 Nobel Prizes.”
But Politfacat, when even people you note as having written for the Koch-founded Cato Institute tell you that “”The assertion that the U.S. is ‘the best’ across the board has little support” you have to say that Boehner’s comment about the best delivery system” is false not politely and sympatheticly, half true. Best health care delivery system my foot. Boehner can only get away with statements like that because he knows that the people who vote for him are so drunk on the notion of American exceptionalism that they believe that Americans have the best of every thing, case closed. Boehner, the joker, can count on his constituents not knowing that contrary to what Dr. Ben “Americans-use-too-much-healthcare” Carson spews like an overflowing, Koch-brother cesspool,
“the average Japanese visits a doctor about 14.5 times per year-three times as often as the U.S. average, and twice as often as any nation in Europe. If you can’t get to the doctor, no problem: Nearly all general practitioners in Japan make house calls, either daily or weekly.” – The Healing of America by T.R. Reid
How’s that for health care delivery?