John McCain and the "Eloquence" of Health

By now, listening to McCain recount his healthcare policy is like listening to a broken record: it sounds old, rusty and painful to the ear. After hearing him talk about his healthcare plan for the umpteenth time in last night’s debate, I didn’t think I would learn anything new. But for some reason hearing it again made me realize even more so how horrible it would be if he were to become president.

McCain’s healthcare policy entails the government handing out $5000 checks to everyone, and let them decide how they want to spend it (toward healthcare, supposedly). We saw a similar strategy implemented with the stimulus checks this year, and it failed horribly. Everyone—myself included—used it to pay off their credit card bill. If you qualified for a stimulus check of more than a few dollars, you most likely had some debt to pay off as well.

The same will ring true for most Americans in need of healthcare. A $5000 check is not enough to improve anyone’s health. If you’re lucky enough to qualify for healthcare under McCain’s plan (which many, many Americans will NOT be), $5000 will barely get you through a mere third of the year with the current rates of private insurance companies&rsquo.

Then McCain referenced an example of Obama’s “eloquence,” (inferring Obama was manipulating language), by citing Obama’s use of the term, “heath” as a factor to consider when debating a woman’s right to choose.

How is it “eloquent” to suggest that a woman’s pregnancy is related to her health? I wonder if he considers it sarcastically “articulate” to describe melanoma or Down’s syndrome as a health concern.

–Jamie Wong