Saturday, August 15, 2009

Eek! Home nurse visits!

You can't make this shit up, people.

Time magazine reports: "Now conservative opponents of health reform have found a new threat: home nurse visits to low-income parents."


According to what passes for the right-wing mind these days, home nurse visits are just a means for the Obama administration to enter families' homes to seize their children.

This claim is ironic in more ways than one. For starts, both Republicans and Democrats had long supported home nurse visits - which have existed in some states for years, and have been quite beneficial.

For another thing, if anyone is guilty of breaking up families and taking children, it's not "the liberals." The lion's share of the American school system is right-wing, and it has your kids 10 months a year now.

"The liberals" aren't the folks who have called child protective services on parents who refused to drug their kids with Ritalin.

"The liberals" aren't the people who run abusive teen confinement cults.

The brand of right-wing statism that has grown in the United States over the past quarter-century is contrary to nature and human aspirations.

I wonder whether health reform opponents truly believe their own claim that home nurse visits are a leftist plot to kidnap your children, or if they've just exhausted every other excuse they've had to oppose reform.


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