I was trying to be calm, to be at peace, but then found myself pondering the truely inane statements by Dorsie Van Orton, of the Utah Grassroots Alliance, after passage Thursday of a bill in the Utah House to reject all federal health reform measures.
It’s an obscene idea, mostly because it is based on the idea that Utah can get along just fine, thank you, without the federal government.
As I pointed out in my column last Sunday, taking the feds out of Utah would be like setting off a nuclear bomb — 37,000 jobs, multiple billions of dollars of economic impact, not to mention Hill Air Force Base and ATK and the IRS, but these whackos think we’ll be just fine going back to pioneer days when we sure as heck told Johnston’s Army where it could go, yessir.
This idiocy is infuriating enough, and one hopes it won’t be passed by the Senate as well. Even so, I’m trying real hard here not to make my column in the paper one angry rant after another. I get the feeling it bores the readers and is bad for my blood pressure anyway.
But then I listen to Dorsie, who not only said that Utah can take care of its own, but said Utah doesn’t need any health care reform of its own either. One gets the feeling she’s not even real sure about this whole medical insurance thing, except for her and her own kids, of course.
Anyone who needs help, she said, can just depend on charity.
No, seriously, that’s what she said. “This is the most generous country in the world and I’m confident in the feeling that even with out the federal government we as Utahns will always take care of our own.”
The reporter then asked her if she was going to organize her neighbors to raise the money to do that. Her answer is telling: She weaseled.
She didn’t say “Oh yes!” and she didn’t say “No.” She said “I believe it is the role of the community,” and then blathered on about how charity and governments and hospitals will all come through.
I want to find the woman and scream “MEDICAID IS HOW THE COMMUNITY COMES THROUGH AND HELPS PEOPLE YOU TWIT!” Just who the H does she thinks pays for all those communities and hospitals and other things?
To great extent, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. And TAXES. And MY INSURANCE PREMIUMS WHICH ARE SOCIALIZED MEDICINE.
But I must be calm. I must be reasoned.
And it’s Friday and I’d rather not, once again, use my column to rant about those unwashed idiots we call a Legislature. It’s too much like shooting fish in a barrel, not to mention it does no good. They don’t care.
But it’s going to be hard, although Sunday’s column is already done (American Flags) and I’ve got the weekend to calm down.
Come Monday, we’ll see.