Thursday, March 14, 2013

You Know Who ELSE Wanted To Help Poor People Get Affordable Health Insurance?!

Well, another 15 minutes have passed by, and you know what that means: time for another invocation of Godwin's Law by Rush Limbaugh. This time it was to draw the terrifying parallels between Hitler and Obama's health care plans:

"Healthcare has always been, nationalized health care has always been one of the first objectives of any of the famous totalitarian regimes. Hitler, National Socialism, first thing he did, nationwide healthcare."

I've seen this particular Obamacare/Hitlercare meme in many a chain e-mail, but this is the first time that I'm hearing it relayed by El Rushbo. Surprised it took so long. In any case, there are at least three things wrong with this little fairy tale.

First off, Germany has had nationalized health care long before Hitler came to power:

The country's heath care system dates to 1883 — only a dozen years after Otto von Bismarck melded a disparate collection of kingdoms and duchies into the German Empire. The "Iron Chancellor," as Bismarck was known, persuaded the country's parliament to enact a national system of health insurance based on the guilds' sickness funds.

From what I've researched, when the Righties point to Hitler's "government takeover of health care", they seem to be referring to this:

It’s true the Nazis had health care. They inherited the tradition from Bismarck, who set up the first national health system in the world (after unifying Germany in 1871).
But there was a difference between Nazi health care and the systems under the German Empire and the Weimar Republic. Hitler rearranged the system under a strict regime of central government control, so all insurance-scheme managers reported straight to Berlin. 

So it was when Hitler centralized the health care system that everything went to hell, apparently. To continue:

Later — and not through the insurance companies — Hitler started his infamous T4 program, which ordered doctors to euthanize tens of thousands of institutionalized patients, people who didn’t fit his vision of a pure new German Reich — immigrants, the old and weak, the mentally ill.

Sounds like kind of a dick move, right? It is, but this leads me to point no. 2: Perhaps (and I'm just spitballin' here) the problem with Hitler's health care regime didn't have so much to do with its bureaucracy as it had to do with the fact that Hitler was a genocidal sociopath. Indeed, as the article continues:
That was evil. But it was part of an evil mechanism that extended far beyond the medical system: By 1939 Germany was a brutal dictatorship, and Hitler managed to kill millions of people in his own country regardless of whether they had health insurance.

And finally, it should be pointed out to these retards that Germany currently STILL HAS nationalized* health care! (as does every other industrialized country) And shockingly enough, this hasn't caused German Chancellor, Angela Merkel to start rounding up the Jews.


*I'm using the term "nationalized" in the absolute loosest sense. Rush and his minions use the term to include even the most limited level of involvement by the government, like with Obamacare, and that's how I'm using it for the purposes of this article as well.

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