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The Universal Health Care Debate According to Rush Limbaugh ts-exercise-art

As the debate about universal health care (also known as socialized medicine, commie health care, pinko health care, deathcare, Islamo-fascist health care, and turrorist health care) kicks into high gear, Washington is all abuzz about what Obama is planning to do.  Will he require everyone to be insured?  Will he institute some sort of black ops covert paramilitary program under which black helicopters will circle every residence, offloading paratroopers who will fall from the sky, knock on your door, and demand to see your health insurance card?  Will it be single payer?  Will it be employer-based?  Will it be a health co-op?

The last time the health care debate raged in America, Hillary Clinton was at the helm, and it was out and out warfare.  The Republicans put out propaganda the likes of which the country had not seen since the Red Menace/ “ZOMG! There are commies at the gate!” crap that was shoved down America’s collective throat in the 1950s.

According to the Republicans, you see, universal health care was socialist commie pinko shit.   And if Americans allowed the government to begin running health care, it would be the first treacherous step on the road to socialism.  First, the government sticks its fingers in your health care pie, and then, sooner or later, the gubment will be deciding what you and your family can or cannot eat (I imagine they’d make us all eat government cheese and soylent green), and then before you know it, we all would be turning Japanese–they really thought so!–and be forced to work in labor camps.

Yes, the rhetoric was preposterous:

So, one can imagine that as with Hillary Clinton in the 1990s, Obama will face the health care fight of his life.  The debate is going to get increasingly interesting and rhetorically ridiculous as the Republicans rush to protect the pharmaceutical companies, and the HMOs and the insurance companies, and the lobbyists, by attempting to scare us into believing that Canadian, British, French, and Swedish health care really is TEH suck, and why don’t we just keep on with insurance companies and the HMOs that are currently sucking, because hey, it might get better!!

Well, Squeers!, the renewed ridiculous rhetoric has as already reared its round bald sweaty head– in the form of none other than Rush Limbaugh.  He is now the True Voice of Crazy in the health care debate; on his radio show last week, he said that the health care crisis (the expense, the lack of quality care, all of it) is the fault of–wait for it–PEOPLE WHO EXERCISE AND PLAY SPORTS.



Rush went on a rant about how the people that are truly to blame for the increasing costs of health care are people who play sports, and people who exercise:

Folks, I gotta tell you, I, uh, I think that those of you who regularly exercise, playing softball, baseball, basketball, soccer, mountain biking, running, rock climbing, skiing, skating, running, you’re the people getting injured. You’re the people showing up at the hospital with busted knees, and tendons and skin cancer, ankle sprains, knee and hip replacements, broken bones, concussions, muscle ligament tendon cartilage strains and tears, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears. All you exercise freaks. You’re the ones putting stress on the health care system.

So you’re urged, what, to do all this stuff and you end up in the hospital all the time with these injuries, and some people think these injuries are badges of honor, knee surgery scars are badge of honor, shows toughness.

Yeah, toughness somebody else has to pay for.

What happens when people don’t regularly exercise, keep their weight relatively under control? Nothing. They probably don’t even know their doctor’s names.

Watch it:

Pardon me while I digress: Some of you may know that Angry Black Lady and exercise get along about as well as Israelis and Palestinians.  I know I should exercise, and once a month for about 5 years now, I vow to start exercising more. And then I’ll roller blade around with my dog for about fifteen minutes before I get bored and a little embarrassed about how utterly ridiculous I look being pulled down the street by an overweight cocker spaniel who always thinks he can chase that cat across the street, if only he can pull me fast enough to get there.  (Note: Nate Dogg has chased umpteen cats over the years and has only caught up to one–when he got to it, he just stopped in front of the cat and looked at it.  It was almost as if he was saying “Well shit, I didn’t think I was actually going to catch up to you.   What the heck do we do now?”  The cat was all, “I don’t know what you’re gonna do, but I’m going to crawl under this here car.”)

I also enjoy (occasionally) the ultimate lazy person’s workout, which involves sit ups in bed, leg lifts on the couch while watching TV and eating french fries, and when I’m feeling particularly vivacious,  I’ll pull out the old yoga mat and do downward dog for about three minutes before muttering to myself, “Whatever,” and going outside for a proper after-yoga cigarette.

ts-dog-with-coneSo you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear the leader of the conservative party, Rush Limbaugh himself, telling me that I was doing my part for the health care crisis by not exercising.  I have never torn a ligament or broken a bone.  Never in my life have I needed a brace, or a sling, or a cast, or an ace bandage or one of those cone things that dogs have to wear after surgery.

Then again, I do have a tumor in my head, so I guess I’m screwing everything up for everyone just like football, baseball, basketball and hockey players are.  And boxers.  Especially boxers.  Getting your face and body bashed again and again requires an inordinate amount of medical attention.  Talk about expensive medical care.  Broken ribs, broken brains, broken bones, broken teeth, broken manhoods.

Thanks for ruining all our lives, Mike Tyson.



June 23, 2009 - Posted by | Angry Black Lady Chronicles, Culture Critic, Doosh Watch 2009, Politiks | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I personally don’t think that the medical industry should be a “for profit” institution. Are our police, our firemen, our military “for profit”? No.

    I am in the military and enjoy free health care & that’s how it should be for everyone. Granted, it’s not the best thing in the world, and sometimes there are long lines, but I get seen and I get treated and it works a hell of a lot better than someone who gets dropped from thier insurance agency because they get a brain tumor.

    If Rush Limbaugh thinks this is one step closer to communism, then why doesn’t he start bellowing that the government should take away Medicare, Medicade and Social Security? I’m pretty sure that if he started talking about that, he’d have a lot of elderly people and disabled people who would love to take away his Oxy-Contin and donkey punch him.

    Why does this man hold such a grip on the American people? He is so incredibly out of touch with the plight of the common man that he wouldn’t know it if he sat his fat ass on it. When you can afford 1000 Oxy-Contin a week and make an annual salary of $400 million dollars a year, you need to get a giant can of STFU and start drinking.

    Comment by blah | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. So flabbergasted by this…

    How did he miss the huge battle of the bulge going on in America and all the reports that obese people are really the biggest strain on health care resources, because when they DO get sick, we don’t have the equipment to treat them? Or how they are more likely to get diabetes and other chronic, weight-related diseases, like heart disease? And, and, and…

    Hell, let’s also talk about addicts and their contribution to the health care crisis. I mean, just drunk driving alone, and all the emergencies they bring in, and, and, and…


    He’s a fat, gross, unhealthy addict and he’s using his show to justify his existence as the BETTER one. I’m so ashamed that I once was a fan of his (but I was 12, and trying to connect with my dad).


    Comment by TheHobo | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. His whole shtick is “it’s not US, it’s THEM”. It’s not like he’s ever been one to rely on facts. Facts get in the way of fear and manipulation; especially manipulation of people who only want to be emotionally coddled and agreed with.

    It’s always so easy to say “It’s not me, it’s you”, and that is exactly what he does to all of America that would dare have an opposing view. I’d like to know what his real credentials are. Did he study politics or international affairs in college? Economics? Did he work as a journalist? Aside from being a beligerant drug addicted blowhard, I have yet to know what legitimate stance he has for any of his offensive tripe.

    Comment by blah | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  4. Sidestepping any serious issues (for once) I’d like to add that I’m all for everyone turning Japanese. I really think so (too). Let’s add it in to the mental health care reform platforms. A regular, er… turn… might make some Republicans less crabby.

    Comment by Roxydarling | June 23, 2009 | Reply

    What an idiot.

    Comment by Payter | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  6. Sorry for my excessive Ahs. This seriously makes me cross-eyed. Doesn’t he have an addiction? Isn’t he probably costing us money too? I mean, seriously all these people who are – egad!!- exercising and improving their health, lowering their blood pressure, releasing stress,etc.- who occasionally get hurt….there are a lot of people out there having to REPEATEDLY go into rehab, which I would think costs money and effects cost,etc.
    a large majority of people in most communities ARE NOT working out. So I think he is a little off his rocker.

    Just reading Hobo’s comments. Sorry to basically repeat.

    Comment by Payter | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  7. Hey Payter, I want to second your AHHHHHHH!


    (only you’re less lazy than me about typing h’s)

    Comment by TheHobo | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  8. The only thing harder to swallow than skeletal people being sanctimonious about being thin is really overweight people trying to claim it’s somehow better to be obese.Moderation. It’s not that hard.

    Any guy who routinely looks 9 mos. pregnant in photos (RUSH!) should STFU about how athletic people are “costing us money.” Because I’m sure my torn ACL from snowboarding back in the day cost a LOT less to treat than your impending heart bypass.

    (BTW – I’m so far from athletic that it’s not even funny… I just mentioned that injury because it was a sports injury and thus a relelvant comparison. I’m a sports poseur. :P)

    Comment by SeaKat | June 23, 2009 | Reply


    It’s official. America and the World are now in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. A World EPIDEMIC with potential catastrophic consequences for ALL of the American people. The first PANDEMIC in 41 years. And WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES will have to face this PANDEMIC with the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed World.


    We spend over twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as any other country in the World. And Individual American spend about ten times as much out of pocket on healthcare as any other people in the World. All because of GREED! And the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare system in America.

    And while all this is going on, some members of congress seem mostly concern about how to protect the corporate PROFITS! of our GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT NATIONAL DISGRACE. A PRIVATE FOR PROFIT DISGRACE that is in fact, totally valueless to the public health. And a detriment to national security, public safety, and the public health.

    Progressive democrats and others should stand firm in their demand for a robust public option for all Americans, with all of the minimum requirements progressive democrats demanded. If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and demand that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).

    Coverage can begin immediately through our current medicare system. With immediate expansion through recruitment of displaced workers from the canceled private sector insurance industry. Funding can also begin immediately by substitution of payroll deductions for private insurance plans with payroll deductions for the national healthcare plan. This is what the vast majority of the American people want. And this is what all objective experts unanimously agree would be the best, and most cost effective for the American people and our economy.

    In Mexico on average people who received medical care for A-H1N1 (Swine Flu) with in 3 days survived. People who did not receive medical care until 7 days or more died. This has been the same results in the US. But 50 million Americans don’t even have any healthcare coverage. And at least 200 million of you with insurance could not get in to see your private insurance plans doctors in 2 or 3 days, even if your life depended on it. WHICH IT DOES!

    Contact congress and your representatives NOW! AND SPREAD THE WORD!

    God Bless You

    Jacksmith – WORKING CLASS

    Comment by jacksmith | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  10. i’m glad to be canadian. not because of our healthcare system, which ain’t perfect, but because i don’t have to worry about rush limbaugh being on my radio or tv. watching him must be like watching the twilight zone. i think you’d have to take to drink to watch him.

    Comment by rumoUr | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  11. If I ever bothered to listen to that idiot RumoUr, I’m sure I’d have a drink in my hand. But of course, the liver failure that would follow would surely be a strain on our health care system. Another fault of Rush’s.

    Comment by Chelsea - PETA Protector | June 24, 2009 | Reply

  12. I think Rush would be okay with the drinking because you are supporting the liquor industry and not doing some extreme sport like walking which could cause you to sprain your ankle and really tax the healthcare system.

    Comment by rumoUr | June 24, 2009 | Reply

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