I'm reading a book called The Republican Brain about the extreme differences in the brain processes between Republicans (or conservatives) and the rest of Americans, particularly the way they process facts, or more specifically how facts as the rest of the world sees them aren't exactly the same as facts in their own world. The whole book so far has been very troubling because if we can't agree on the very basic realities of a problem, how can we possibly discuss a solution? It's like they think "2 + 2" does not equal 4 because an educated scientist told them it does. And the scary thing is, the more educated a conservative mind is, the less likely he is to be swayed by reality. The book promises some solutions in the ways to discuss reality with conservatives but I haven't gotten to that part yet so I'll withhold a longer post on the subject. But the reaction of the right wing to the affirmation of the constitutionality of Obamacare certainly brought to mind the writings of this book. Just look at the following tweet by a conservative:
#SCOTUS holds up free healthcare for everyone?! Screw this commie country, I'm moving to #Canada #whoswithme
— @VanSummers via Twitter for iPhone
Not sure what's most wrong about this gentleman's tweet...
(1) that Obamacare is "free" healthcare, when it actually is the opposite of that and the court case was primarily about the individual mandate that charges people who don't have healthcare or, you know, the opposite of free
(2) that Obamacare makes America a "commie" country, when the health care bill goes through private for-profit insurance companies, not governmental agencies, or the opposite of communism
(3) that his solution is to move to Canada, a country with actual "free", taxpayer-paid governmental healthcare for everyone.
Good times. It's no wonder our political debate is so difficult these days, when the very basic facts of something are so distorted by the right wing mediasphere (Rush, Hannity, FoxNews) that a conservative tweeter could actually think Obamacare was "free", "communist", and worth leaving the country for a country with actual universal government-run healthcare providing so much better coverage than our current system that said tweeter is defending. Disturbing. By the way, if he does make the decision to leave for the "private enterprise mecca" that is Canada's publicly-funded socialized medical system, he will have access to better healthcare:
Canada boasts one of the highest life expectancies (about 80 years) and lowest infant morality rates of industrialized countries, which many attribute to Canada's health care system.
UPDATE: More Republican "Brain" at work, here's an elected US Senator, making as much sense as the idiot tweeter "moving to Canada" above:
On Romney supporting the individual mandate in Massachusetts: “But what a big difference. He supported it on the state level. Which means if you didn’t like it in Massachusetts, you could move to another state."
Well, sure. Honey, pack up the kids, quit your job and sell the house. We're moving where they don't have health insurance.