Saturday, February 27, 2010

This is the sort of thing I talk about when I mention structural violence

Nobody's laying a finger on these victims, but since they are denied social benefits that others get to take for granted, they are harmed nonetheless. If you don't have insurance in this country, you damn well better hope you never get sick or injured. Why? That lack of insurance, and hence lack of access to medical services may well shorten your life. Sadly, the "solutions" that our movement conservatives seem to come up with amount to making things worse. Presidential aspirant Pawlenty would simply advocate that hospital ERs turn away indigent patients. Or, as mentioned before, we have a GOP Congressman who seems bound and determined to simply privatize what's left of the Medicare, and massively reduce the benefits.

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