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Сегодня прочёл в New York Times любопытный факт о Нэнси Пелози. Как многим уже известно, лидер демократов в Палате Представителей Нэнси Пелози после только что прошедших выборов становится спикером Палаты, официально - третьим человеком в стране (по списку замещающих должность президента в чрезвычайной ситуации: после самого президента и вице-президента). Впервые в истории США на этом посту оказывается женщина. Нэнси Пелози 66 лет, у неё пятеро внуков.

Так вот, как раз к выборам подходило время одной из её дочерей подарить ей шестого. Поздно вечером во вторник, когда Нэнси уже спала, её разбудили помощники. "Что, родила?" - спросила Пелози. "Нет, на проводе президент. Позвонил поздравить вас с победой демократов на выборах и грядущей должностью спикера".

Мне кажется, Пелози - правильная бабка. Одобряю.

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scholar_vit
Nov. 11th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
It is simple. Legal rights are the area of courts. Social rights are the area of politics. So the real question here is this: do we, the citizens of the US, agree that any sick person should have some basic helath care even if he is broke? If we do, there is a social right to health care. If we do not, well, there is no such right.

Now it seems that there is growing consensus that the majority of people, if asked this question in this form, agree. That is why it is a federal crime for a doctor to leave a person dying even if he cannot pay. On the other hand some people on the right want to reverse this development. This is their right, of course. What they should not do, of course, is to use demagoguery and lies.
ny_quant
Nov. 12th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's simple. The devil is always in the details. For example, "any sick person". For US citizens I might give one answer, for legal immigants another, for illegals yet another, for tourists who didn't bother with buying insurance - something else.

The definition of "basic health care" is a subject of separate debate. IMHO, the poor folks on Medicaid receive way more than what's reasonably described by "basic". While there may not be any general definition, one gets a good idea of what is basic by looking at the expenses as compared to other parts of the budget.

But I agree that social rights are the area of politics. On second thought I'm not sure I see a lot of a difference between a social right and a priviledge.

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