Posted by: shannynmoore | March 21, 2010

George W. Bush Spent $950 Million on Universal Health Care

In case you needed another example of why the GOP and tea party are hypocrites:

Wednesday, March 03, 2004 – Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

Iraq Notebook
Universal care is right for Iraq, Thompson says

WASHINGTON — Fresh from a two-day weekend visit to Iraq, the Bush administration’s top health-care official defended the $950 million that will be spent to help Iraq establish universal health care.

Congressional Democrats have criticized the administration for helping Iraq to establish universal health care without doing the same for U.S. citizens.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said yesterday there are major differences between the two countries that defy simple comparisons.

“Even if you don’t have health insurance,” said Thompson, who toured medical facilities in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Tikrit on Saturday and Sunday, “you are still taken care of in America. That certainly could be defined as universal coverage. Every American’s health care is far superior to what the health care is in Iraq.”

Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, ranking Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, responded yesterday, saying the U.S. system doesn’t sufficiently meet the needs of 44 million uninsured Americans.



  1. *head hits desk*

  2. It’s not just *another* example, it’s the ultimate example.

    Thanks Shannyn.

  3. The GOP is the big lie,deception and master of chickanery(I like that word I get a picture of a masked thief ,but we all know who he is.A moraliser without morals,a bible banger in bed with anyone handy,mostly the Big Health Care Co’s.They smile and posture but all they really care about is filling pockets “They’re Own “Lately we’ve seen the true nature of these windbags and its not a pretty picture ,Racist and haters of anything they don’t understand( And that seems to be just about everything that makes sense to the vast majority of our Country.The unbelievable part is they are a minority and we just let them get away with it.

  4. This is OT, but I want to congratulate you on your mastery of 140-character commentary, re the HCR vote.

  5. Our younger daughter almost died when she was nine. The Himself was fired two weeks before. We got private insurance immediately.

    Just a few days after we were told our child would not live, we were informed that our insurance was gone. The insurance company did that to a whole lot of people.

    She lived, and we give thanks to our God everyday. Took ten years.

    She is getting married on Friday. You know why? Because she was downsized from her company. She is 25, brilliant, and the company for whom she worked decided to downsize.

    She tried to find private insurance. No way. Her sweet fiance wanted her to follow her dream of free lance work, then on to forming her own company when the economy is better.

    They are moving their wedding up a year. She can be automatically insured.

    I want to say one thing. I hate this. I am so sick and tired of all the lies, all the crap. I watched my baby fight so hard in PICU to live and there wasn’t one thing I could do except pray.

    She graduated HS and Uni with a 4.9 average, due to accelerated courses.

    We have never told her, nor will we, that we were left in debt to the tune of over one-million dollars for her cure.

    It was money well spent, and we just finished paying all that off five years ago.

    As far as I am concerned, this kiddo was well worth it. I wonder what the nay-sayers would add?

  6. Thanks, Shannyn! To limbaugh- Bon voyagee, don’t let the door hit ya in the ass on the way out…

  7. So, they spent money to establish a humanist, modern, healthcare system in a country which we — whether garnered properly or not — have a responsibility to provide for…and you think that is a bad thing?

    We do have unversal health care in the U.S. Want proof? Break your leg. Even if you don’t have insurance, you will get treatment. Yes, it will cost way too much but this does not constitute hypocrisy if they implement a similar system in Iraq. In fact, it is probably a good thing that they are making healthcare in Iraq a priority. Certainly an upgrade from total war.

    I’m not a GOP’er so I don’t really care either way, but your argument is just equivocation. Sadly most people can’t see that.

    • We have a sort of universal health care for such things as broken legs, but not for people with chronic conditions such as asthma and cancer.

  8. Claz, you do realize that article is from 2004, right?

  9. You’re right, CLAZ.If it’s a compound fracture and I’m bleeding on the ER floor, yes, they have to stabilize me. Then, I have to pay non-negotiated rates for life, or file for bankruptcy. .

    But you’re also wrong, CLAZ. Now, if I injure my leg, and it hurts like hell, to the point where I need a surgery or a knee replacement and I don’t have insurance, but the pain is so bad that I may have to quit a minimum wage no insurance job that is all that is keeping me from being homeless – tough tootsies.

    Or, if I forgot to tell them that as an infant, I fell on that same leg while learning to walk – my coverage will get rescinded and even though I have insurance, they won’t pay.

    Care to rethink your statement, lowCLAZ?

  10. *Facepalm*

  11. Brilliant point, Shannyn! Thanks!

  12. Was this a one time thing? or is it part of the ongoing cost of US being in Iraq? as in annually?
    curious mind here. in other words.. are we, the taxpayers paying for health care for all in Iraq?

  13. The Iraqis didn’t have any health care system AT ALL and setting up a health insurance system through insurance companies can take years to implement.

    The Americans provided food, medical supplies and electricity as well to that war torn country; maybe our government should start providing those to our citizens as well?

    Comparing emergency rebuilding efforts in Iraq to our established (although admittedly, imperfect) health care system only reflects the socialistic mindset that has spread through the American left.

    The free market system that provides groceries, $2 cheese burgers, affordable intercity bus transportation, free research through the internet, decently priced auto insurance and many many more, can provide health insurance as well.

    If you would only take “making history” out of the equation and start listening to other ideas that don’t necessarily fit your “only government can do it” approach all Americans would’ve been better off today!!!, not in 2014 when “historic” will kick in.

    • That is your thinking of the left? why did the right give them health care if the left is so socialistic? I feel it’s not left or right to destroy some other country then try and fix it with our money? all of our money, the US taxpayer. Iraq was better off under a dictator than invaded by some Dick. “Oh but it’s wounded and we just can’t sit here and watch it bleed, too messy” Our Gov. is out of control I’ll agree with that.Lets just give them 800,000,000+ and see if anyone gets any health care at all? but, at least we threw money at it, the American way, my opinion.

  14. To the Editor: By deleting my earlier comment you only confirmed my point. Objective is not part of left’s dictionary.

    • Not exactly sitting here approving comments all day…thanks.

  15. As usual,brilliant&precise Journalism!Thanks Shannyn!Thank you!

  16. Maybe Bush gave that to Iraq as part of the deal to have Israel get their oil and sell it to China.

  17. War torn? Iraq wasn’t war torn until we tore it up and let the people loot the historic treasures, “this is what freedom looks like”- Dick C. They never thought it through and then scrambled to make themselves look like the moral high ground. The Bush Admin. should be brought up on war crimes. but that will never happen,Lets just give them all smart phones and hybrids,they’ll look all better?

  18. You know, I get that there are differences between the two countries which may make universal health care more or less feasible/necessary in one country than another. the problem is the conservative opposition to universal health-care has NEVER been addressed practical issues. It has always been an ideological opposition to anything that smelled like government involvement. That opposition feeds right wing fantasies, and it ensures that the insurance industry will country to hold the American public hostage, turning even the well-insured and gainfully employed into debt-peons for life once they actually get something serious.

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