Health Care Security Agenda
Today, our nation's armed forces are being called with increasing frequency to administer the world's
affairs. As a result, the American empire, like the invincible British and Roman empires before it, is
bringing peace and prosperity to its leaders, along with a certain degree of "wiggle room" for those
fortunate enough to be dominated.
Yet as America has reached out to the world's unfortunate, a great wound has opened up in the homeland:
the health of our poor people, our lowest-tier homeland consumers.
As doom-and-gloom liberals so breathlessly observe, the health of America's poor is vastly inferior to
the poor in every other developed nation. Our poor suffer from infinitely higher rates of cancer, heart
disease, and other disagreeable conditions - not to mention violent non-illnesses like gunshot wounds
and lethal injections. In fact, the American poor still routinely die from such 19th-century scourges
as miscarriages and tuberculosis. Truly, their existence is a veritable gulag of preventable afflictions.
Sadly, inasmuch as the poor bring this misery upon themselves through their unforgivable failure to realize
the American Dream, their plight continues to worsen each and every year.(1)
The lack of free health care is one obvious reason for this stressful situation. Another is the fast
food industry, which caters especially to the poor, bringing disproportionate obesity rates to that
socioeconomic stratum. Then of course there are the dreadful living conditions in which our poor must
survive - veritable cauldrons of disease serving to propagate the vicious cycle of chronic illness
resulting in unemployment, leading in turn to poverty that is deeper still.
Now until recently, this situation was not very important. Our movers and shakers benefited from the
best health care on Earth, and the fact that it wasn't available to the rest had little or no impact
on America's Gross National Product. A busboy in Tennessee perishing from a curable tumor? A waitress
in Kentucky missing all her front teeth? A sweatshop worker in New York City dying of tuberculosis?
Regrettable turns of events, to be sure - yet still directly attributable to the professional
shortcomings of the afflicted. If only such folks could just muster enough dignity to pull themselves
up and become fabulously wealthy.
But today, President Bush feels that this sort of reasoning is no longer adequate. As our nation sets
off to fulfill its imperial destiny, and as the business of administering the world's resources gets
underway in all earnest, the costs are mounting-the costs in people. President Bush knows the figures.
His advisors see them on TV and tell him. If President Bush (and America) is to retain the position of
omnipotent swaggering bully on the global playground, he needs more soldiers, more people to do his bidding.
And as coincidence would have it, among the very few Americans to enjoy unfettered access to universal
health care are those who make up the armed forces.
Thus is borne a unique opportunity for President Bush to demonstrate "Compassionate Conservatism." Or
in the President's own words, "It is compassionate to want to provide health care to people who can't
afford it, and it is conservative to want to slaughter Arabs who will not cower at the altar of American
This is why President Bush has vowed, if re-selected in 2004, to work closely with the Republican-controlled
House and Senate to replace Medicare and Medicaid entirely with a compulsory military conscription for
every American - regardless of age or infirmity - who has failed to achieve a station in life wherein
they can afford to pay the highest health care costs in the world. The benefits are plain to see: tens
of millions of poor people are not only fully insured at no cost, they are finally put to good use - shipped
out from our homeland* to far flung hot spots throughout the global American empire, where they will have
the opportunity pay back the health care handout given them by America's worthwhile citizens - or nobly perish.
With such a mighty force in place, a reasonable foreign policy, in which America can impose its will on the
world effectively and indefinitely, becomes very easily attainable within a matter of two to three fiscal
years. In short, it's a win-win situation, and yet another example of President George W. Bush's long-term
* Effectively depopulating entire depressed regions of predominantly colored persons and freeing up vast
tracts of blighted real estate, thereby clearing the way for reinvestment, gentrification, and untold Starbucks