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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

22 May 2018. Jesus Didn’t Demand Co-Pays! Single-Payer NOW


Have you noticed that so-called “pro-lifers” often oppose single-payer and support Republicans who savage poor people? I’m not the only one to call that hypocritical and evil…



Saturday, 6 May 2017

6 May 2017. Ajamu Baraka: Healthcare is a Human Right, But You Have to Fight For It!


Thursday, 24 March 2016

24 March 2016. No Religious Organisation Has the Right to Ram Its Religious Beliefs Down Another’s Throat with the State’s Connivance



I saw this comment on RT on a story about a bunch of nuns seeking exemption from offering contraceptive coverage for their secular employees:

If every fanatic with a lawyer can bring the state to a halt, you have no state.

I quite agree. If these nuns employ secular employees, they have no right to dictate their private behaviour or their religious practise, let alone to do so with the state’s connivance. Modern states are secular in character… that is, they have no “Church by Law Established”, therefore, the state is neutral in religious matters. The state can allow no religious body or person to evade laws binding on all citizens by citing “religious belief”. For instance, Quakers must pay income tax, even though much of that money goes for war purposes, which is against deeply held Quaker beliefs. The same is true of other Traditional Peace Churches. These bodies have shouldered their burden as conscientious citizens… in return, the state does its best to accommodate their pacifist tenets. During times of conscription, the state has either allowed men of these groups to serve in noncombatant roles (mostly as medical orderlies, where many won deserved recognition for bravery at the front) or to carry out essential civilian duties (such as firefighters in national forests or as assistants in civilian hospitals). These people are worthy of the respect of all decent people… they shoulder their common civic burden and shirk nothing onerous and hard. These nuns are punks. “We want a religious exemption! We won’t offer contraceptive services to our employees”. This coverage is state-mandated… that ends the discussion. If the Peace Churches can accommodate the military needs of the state, these nuns can accommodate the state’s mandate that they offer full healthcare coverage to their employees. Actually, as a socialist, I think that we need a state-funded single-payer system (most hospitals and doctors prefer such a system over the present chaotic non-system)… since the nuns wouldn’t be offering healthcare coverage, it wouldn’t “burden” their conscience. The sooner that we have single-payer, like the rest of the civilised world, the better off we all shall be.


Friday, 29 June 2012

29 June 2012. You Can’t Make Shit Like This Up… Twitters Reveal Depth of Intelligence of Teabaggers


Note the following from a commbox thread about the SCOTUS decision upholding the Affordable Care Act:

BuzzFeed noted an alarming number of Twitter users declared their intent to move to Canada”.

People are threatening to move to a country that has a SINGLE-PAYER healthcare system in order to protest the SCOTUS decision? If you’re against government involvement in healthcare then why move to a country that has universal health coverage? Are people really that dumb?


Yes, they ARE that dumb. However, they’re going to vote in November. Get off your dupa and do likewise. That’s the proper revenge. Don’t argue with them, it only excites them and you’ll end by frustrating yourself, getting a headache, and wasting your God-given time. Have a snort from the jug, instead… that’s useful, at least…


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