Obama: Smoking & Healthcare

I thought this was a good time to post this since it seems to be smoke week:

…[A]s far as political leaders go, Obama could do worse than to suck on cancer sticks from time to time. (Spitzer hasSanford hasEdwards has!)… It’d be fairer to say that many of us–who have been coping with the post-Bush era of American economic bloodletting by hosting moonshine parties where our friends take turns stomping on piles of grapes in the bathtub–would find it suspicious if Obama managed his constantly sunny disposition without slamming a Klonopin with every meal. Considering that he could probably use some harder drugs, I’ll happily settle for President Obama the Chimney Smoker. And obviously you don’t need to worry about his physical fitness. In fact, lamenting the president’s smoking habit is probably the most anti-American you can get–as Obama simply follows in a long line of some of our most distinguished, nicotine addicted leaders.

Check out the article at Black Book, they’ve got some cool pictures.

I won’t lie and say I didn’t vote for Obama because he was a smoker. That was the only reason, and now I can stand by it seeing how any base reason for which an uninformed 19 year old would have voted for him have been scrapped in some way or another . Right? Sure.

And while this is relevant at the moment, I guess:

Universal health care implementations map from Wikipedia…

BLUE: Single-payer universal health care (16)
GREEN: Public universal health care through other means (51)
GRAY: No universal health care or no data

Weird, I see more un-/less-developed territory in the gray than any other color. That’s not even just with all of Africa, but even Antarctica. Holy shit. Oh wait:

The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not have a universal health care system.[1] Federal law was changed in 1986 with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act requiring certain hospitals to provide stabilizing treatment for patients with emergency medical conditions including childbirth without first demanding evidence of ability to pay. According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, this unfunded “safety net” mandate has contributed to increasing strain on the health system. Emergency treatment is not free or subsidized and some patients cannot or will not pay their bills. Furthermore, this system encourages use of the emergency facilities for primary care and not just for emergency purposes.[21]

Hm. Thanks at disinformation for sharing that map.


1 Response to “Obama: Smoking & Healthcare”

  1. 1 sisterrene March 11, 2010 at 6:02 am

    i didn’t even know obama smoked.
    well, that diagram was interesting. i have no comment other than i like the visual of the world’s health care.
    next diagram: the healthiest and most diseased of the human species.

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