TIPTON, Iowa - Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.
"It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care," he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. "If you are going to be in the system, you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK."
He noted, for example, that women would be required to have regular mammograms in an effort to find and treat "the first trace of problem." Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, announced earlier this year that her breast cancer had returned and spread.
So in "exchange" for having your income confiscated to provide health care for others, and losing your ability to self-pay or to choose your own health care, the government is going to force you under penalty of law to go to the doctor every year? It must be, because certainly he's not saying that if you miss an appointment, you'll lose your health care.
So the question is, when the woman doesn't show up for her mammogram, will she get a trial first, or will she go directly to the gulag? Or maybe there will be special "fast-track" tribunals complete with government doctors to provide "preventative medicine" for those who refuse to show up when ordered.
Further, I wonder if this will include mandatory mental health checkups every year -- and if those will be implemented by government shrinks who believe as liberals do that being conservative is a mental disorder:
The plan would include mental health care as well as dental and vision coverage for all Americans.
Oh, and I remember a movie where Dustin Hoffman got some "mandatory" dental care. :-)
Not only will you be forced against your will to go to the doctor, the dentist, a shrink, and government knows what else, but you'll LIKE IT:
"Because if it doesn't they should be made to explain what child, what woman, what man in America is not worthy of health care," he said. "Because in my view, everybody is worth health care."
What you want to bet though that his plan will have exemptions for rich trial lawyers? Not that he would be a hypocrite -- he insists he's not:
Edwards, who has been criticized by some for calling on Americans to be willing to give up their SUVs while driving one, acknowledged Sunday that he owns a Ford Escape hybrid SUV, purchased within the year, and a Chrysler Pacificia, which he said he has had for years.
But it's a HYBRID. So it's OK. And he probably paid Al Gore for some carbon credits as well. Nothing's too good for a trial lawyer.