As regulars here will know, the chaotic, manifestly unjust and selective refusal system, which attempts to pass for 'healthcare' in the US, is a topic to which I return to quite regularly - especially when those who are so vocal in seeking to deny equal rights to ALL US citizens, when it comes to gaining access to any meaningful healthcare-at-the-point-of-need, decide to make pronouncements on it and seek to bill it as 'the best healthcare system in the world'.
Such is the case, today, when those two dysfunctional stalwarts of putting the 'fun' back into fundamentalism, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, hit the news - after they opened their mouths, apparently only to change feet.
To the rapture of the lucid and sentient, El Rushbo has threatened to flee the US if President Obama's much needed healthcare reforms are passed into effect. By contrast, there's no doubt been much wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst his supporters - perhaps because, at least for the period which he's away (apparently poste restante in Costa Rica), they'll be denied their daily fear fix from Limbaugh's bully pulpit. Any way, here's the part in Herr Limbaugh's daily histrionics where he gives hope to those who'd gladly pay his airfare:
Thing is, you can't help but think that Limbaugh's not really given his knee-jerk 'threat' much thought, as I was reminded earlier today, as most countries tend to have strict no-entry policies for well publicised and known drug abusers. It also begs the question as to by how much Costa Rica's national drugs bill might sore were Limbaugh to pitch up there? After all, it must take a hangar-load of drugs to keep him in his usual apoplectic state.
So, speaking of fleeing the US to seek medical treatment abroad, and with no small irony, it's also come to my attention that the darling of the moose conservation movement, Sarah Palin, has also been "zooming" over the border into Canada to receive treatment for herself and her family.
But frankly, should we really be surprised at this glaring double standard, certainly when we consider Palin's credentials? After all, here's a woman who spent 312 nights, during her first 19 months in office, charging the beleaguered Alaskan taxpayers a "per diem" totalling $16,951 for staying in her own home -- an allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses whilst travelling on state business...
And yet, even with this apparent habit of embezzlement whilst in public office, there are still those out there who'd vote for her to be president?
'Flexible accounting' notwithstanding, were she to be installed as president, it rather makes you wonder what kind of impression some Americans (at least those who'd willingly vote for her) would like the rest of the world to have of it, and certainly its head of state - especially after eight disastrous years of GW Gump? Who or where would she invade first?
You can just see the diplomatic "Out of Office" messages being readied all over the rest of the Western world at the very prospect of it.