In 2009, Michael Steele, then chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC,) called President Barack Obama’s plan to overhaul health care “socialism,” at a National Press Club event.
Mr. Steele obviously was not aware of the fact that his very own party- the GOP helped Iraqi lawmakers to draft and pass their constitution with a single-payer guaranteed healthcare system for all Iraqis, in 2005.
Article 31 of the Iraqi Constitution, drafted by the Bush administration in 2005 and ratified by the Iraqi people, includes state-guaranteed (single payer) healthcare for life for every Iraqi citizen.
Article 31 also states that healthcare is a “right.” Contrary to this Article, GOP Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul called the right to healthcare a form of “slavery” at a hearing of the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging.
Prior to, during and after the final Supreme Court decision upholding The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), aka Obamacare, the GOP has resisted the entire idea with all its might, continuously claiming to do everything in their power to overturn the law.
Americans need to ask their lawmakers who are against the healthcare law which will cover 95% of Americans by the end of 2019; why it is ok for Iraqis to have universal healthcare and not them.
Operation Iraqi Freedom has cost USA tax payers trillions of dollars, nearly bringing our economy to its knees. It has also brought single-payer healthcare coverage for all Iraqis.
Most senior members of the Republican establishment have gladly spent more taxpayer funds to ensure health care as a Constitutional right in Iraq than they are willing to spend to give you any level of guaranteed coverage to their fellow citizens.
If your representative has voted yes for the OIF and has done everything to disparage and stop the PPACA; it is time to vote for a less hypocrite.