Colin Powell Calls for Universal Healthcare

Barack Obama greeting Colin Powell, 2010

But don’t worry. The media will pretend he’s a Republican when he’s bashing Republicans.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told a Seattle audience universal healthcare would show the world the United States takes care of “all of our citizens.”

Speaking Thursday at a fundraiser sponsored by the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Powell said he doesn’t see why the United States “can’t do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing, what Korea is doing, what all these other places are doing.”

“We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care,” he said. “(Let’s show) the rest of the world what our democratic system is all about and how we take care of all of our citizens.”

They do have access to it. It’s called medicine. Does Powell really want to see death panels, like Europe is doing? Or people waiting extended amounts of time, like Canada is doing?

Powell, a Republican who was a career Army officer before serving in the administration of President George W. Bush, said he and his wife, Alma, have benefited from the government healthcare they have received.

Does Powell not really understand the difference between military healthcare and national healthcare? Also considering how broken military health care is, why would he want to impose it on the whole country?

“I am not an expert in healthcare, or Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, or however you choose to describe it,” he said, “but I do know this — I have benefited from that kind of universal healthcare in my 55 years of public life.”

I don’t understand what I’m talking about… but let me offer my opinion anyway. Powell/Christie 2016. For when you really want to lose.

 

  • Crassus

    Strollin’ Colin Powell–another liberal who does nothing but change feet every time he opens his mouth.

  • Texas Patriot

    Forward thinking American industrialists have had this view for a long time. As Lee Iaccoa said when he took over bankrupt Chrysler Motors in 1979, the fact that American car manufacturers are required to subsidize the health care of their employees makes it almost impossible for them to compete in world markets against the car manufacturers of every other nation. Our health care system, both before and after Obamacare, is the most anti-competition, anti-business, and ultimately anti-American one imaginable. The bottom line is that Americans need to take responsibility for their own health and physical fitness by intelligent choices in lifestyle including diet and regular exercise. More “health care” is not the solution to the problem. More health and physical fitness is.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Does it really make more sense for taxpayers to subsidize the health care of Chrysler workers than for Chrysler to do it?

      • Texas Patriot

        DG: “Does it really make more sense for taxpayers to subsidize the health care of Chrysler workers than for Chrysler to do it?”

        That depends on whether there is a compelling national interest in producing automobiles that can be competitively priced and sold on world markets. If America no longer has any interest being a global industrial superpower that exports more than it imports, but has instead chosen the long slide toward debt-financed consumerism and death, the answer, of course, is “no”. The result would be the same no matter who pays for it. But if we want American companies to have a chance to compete on the world markets, we must take the cost of health care off their backs. No other industrialized nation cripples their industries in this way.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          America managed to produce automobiles without government subsidies. If it can’t produce them without government subsidies, then it’s not actually competitive.

          • Texas Patriot

            Requiring employees to be responsible for their own health and health care expenses is not a “subsidy”. Requiring corporations to pay for it is a “tax” which artificially increases the cost of goods sold and makes American companies less competitive vis-a-vis their international competitors who do not have that requirement.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Arguably then so is minimum wage. We could be more competitive if we allowed companies to pay employees no set minimum.

          • Texas Patriot

            From my perspective, the objective should not be to pay employees less, but rather to have fewer and more productive employees through the use of advanced automation and robotics.

    • Habbgun

      Not a problem. Create plans where healthy people pay less, with strict underwriting guidelines and sell them through large employers but not paid for by large employers (unless they want to offer benefits as incentives for employment). Figure those able to work in demanding jobs are generally healthy so this is not an economic burden. Then have the companies sell competitively on the open market their goods and services. It’s so crazy it might work.

  • Silence DoGood

    A look at the cost structure of the ACA, for those who are interested. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Good luck.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Y-5rjsaJY

    • A Z

      Why watch a you tube video especially one that long without knowing to some extent what you might be getting.

      I do not watch Porter Stanley Research videos because i do not want that part of my life gone for ever for something that is hyped.

      Your whole schtick for countless posts is to watch this you tube video sight unseen.

  • A Z

    Europe is not to be imitated if a person wants a well run country.

    For example , the death spiral has started in Sweden.

    They are not educating their children anymore.

    The Swedish left is running out of other people’s money and cannot keep all their promise yet they keep promising more even as reports of structural failure start to come in.

    See Swedish test scores below.

  • Dallas25305

    Old Mr Powell the closet Democrap is just supporting his version of Trayvon, Barak Hussein Obama. It’s about race, a black guy supporting another black guy and sending the bill to whitey. Then they will stop complaining. For about five minutes and then whitey will be doing something else they don’t like. Such as breathing.

  • rogerinflorida

    The facts are that US industry is not competitive, largely because of the employer HC mandate (the byzantine tax code is another massive burden). This burden has to be removed from US employers, it is an investment killer, jobs killer and wages killer. I would prefer a market based system where individuals provide for their own HC but that train left the station years ago when Ronal Reagan signed EMTALA into law. Every single one of our OECD competitors has universal healthcare of one sort or another, the US alone continues with this crap sandwich of a system, that incidentally also costs more than anywhere else.
    I am sick and tired of the demagoguery from the libertarian fantasists and utopians yelling “communist” at every attempt to improve our competitive position and thus our lives and prospects.

    • Texas Patriot

      I agree.

  • USARetired

    A once very respected General and Secretary of Defense, now needs a straight jacket!

  • DireMouse

    The 13th Amendment forbids involuntary servitude. The ACA mandate is nothing if it is not involuntary servitude. Inactivity is now against the law.

  • Cappy1437

    Powell is going along with everything Barack Hussein Obama because they know alot more things about his extracurricular activities and will disclose them if he doesn’t cooperate. Just a theory. It is so sad to see Powell become such a traitor to the American people and our way of life.

    • Crassus

      You mean that Strollin’ Colin might have been sexting more chicks than that blonde Rumanian?

    • Cappy1437

      Possibly.

  • Jakareh

    Colin Powell, the most overrated man in America until the advent of Barack Obama.