Andrew Sullivan points out something rather amusing: Israel, the religious right’s dream nation, has a health care system that is far more socialized than ours, even after the health care reform bill (which is anything but socialized, actually, it’s subsidized private insurance). Here’s a whole article about it:
The heated debate over health care reform, reignited by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s plan, has drawn attention, once again, to the issue of government involvement in health care management and the effectiveness of a system based on universal coverage.
For Israel, this is a Rubicon crossed long ago. Despite the country’s mania for most things American, when it comes to health care, Israel chose a system based more on the European model. The government’s role is central as both funder and regulator. Yet, going by many indexes of health outcomes, the result in terms of quality of care is often better — and definitely cheaper than in the U.S. Under the Israeli system, the percentage of the country’s gross domestic product going to health care is less than half that of the United States. And coverage is universal.
So Israel must be a socialist, fascist hellhole devoid of all freedom, right? Right? It’s obviously time for the Tea Party to begin protesting in Jerusalem.