Coulter continues her comedy of errors

By Calvin Palmer

Ann Coulter is devoting her energies to demonizing the healthcare reforms of President Barack Obama, but true to form her fulminations result in a comedy of errors.

Her column, as usual, is aimed at the uneducated and uniformed. Anyone with half a brain quickly realizes that Coulter suffers from verbal diarrhea and her column contains few cogent or constructive thoughts but merely serves as a testament to her own hysteria.

One of her running gags, and let’s admit it her columns are comedy material, is that the health care reforms will pay for the sex-change operations of liberals. Read into that what you will but Coulter clearly has an anti-gay agenda. She strenuously denies such a charge but her outpourings would seem to suggest otherwise.

Rather than have you, dear reader, falling off your seats with laughter at all of her preposterous psychotic assertions, I will restrict myself to the following short extract from her recent syndicated column:

Tiny little France and Germany have more competition among health insurers than the United States does right now. Amazingly, both of these socialist countries have less state regulation of health insurance than we do, and you can buy health insurance across regional lines — unlike in the U.S., where a federal law allows states to ban interstate commerce in health insurance.

U.S. health insurance companies are often imperious, unresponsive consumer hellholes because they’re a partial monopoly, protected from competition by government regulation. In some states, one big insurer will control 80 percent of the market. (Guess which party these big insurance companies favor? Big companies love big government.)

Liberals think they can improve the problem of a partial monopoly by turning it into a total monopoly.

Let’s pause for a few moments to regain our composure.

Okay.  Now you are sure you will not dissolve into laughter again?

In the bizarre world that Coulter constructs, which incidentally bears little resemblance to the one we live in, France and Germany are both described as “socialist” countries.

France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, was formerly the leader of the Union for a Popular Movement, the French conservative party. Germany’s Chancellor is Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democrat Union, Germany’s equivalent of the Republican Party. Coulter’s description is as absurd as describing the United States under George W. Bush as a “socialist” country.

 Now can you see why Palin and Coulter get along so well.  Their grasp of the real world and its political players is tenuous to say the least.

I doubt an eight-year-old would use “tiny little” to describe anything, although an exception could be made for Coulter’s brain since tautology seems to be her forté.

Moving on, I was drawn to Coulter’s description of U.S. health insurance companies being a partial monopoly.

Excuse me but there is no such thing as a “partial monopoly”.  If a monopoly is only partial it cannot, by definition, be a monopoly, can it, Coulter?

Go and stand in the corner with your back to the rest of the class. The dunce’s hat is clearly optional in your case because everyone know you are one.

“Big companies love big government” and the party of big companies is, of course, the Republican Party.

But in Coulter’s parallel universe the Republican Party speaks for the man on the street or she tries to convince those stupid enough to take her seriously that it does.

It must be to the eternal regret of Coulter’s parents that they wasted all that money sending her to Cornell University. Of course, it also does not speak highly of the quality of education she received at that institution.

Sometimes I wish I could write the rabid nonsense that Coulter spouts. I certainly welcome the money she earns. But if I stop and think about it, I would much prefer to earn a living based on truth, honesty and integrity.

Coulter will no doubt go to her grave without ever having learned the meaning of those values. What a sad indictment.

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4 responses to “Coulter continues her comedy of errors

  1. AndyP

    It is a sad and sorry world we live in when sensationalism, propaganda, and spin sells newspapers or draws readers to column inches and provides the writer a very good living, yet truth, fairness, honesty, integrity and genuine analysis offers far less reward or recognition. I look for someone to offer both sides of the story, or a factual account of what has occurred so I can make up my own mind. When one side is consistently ignored or deliberately misrepresented the half truths and brainless opinions of certain commentators slowly become accepted as gospel. So Calvin I say well done for researching and bringing us the stories you do for FREE, maintaining the high journalistic standards, and adding your own sliver of humour or personal take on the piece which makes reading your work so enjoyable. You may not be rewarded financially as well as Ms Coulter, (a travesty I might add), but your riches are fair greater – genuine talent and genuine integrity.

    I thought it bad enough that Britain had recently been called “socialist”, but branding France and Germany that too really takes the biscuit. I was snorting a chuckle of disbelief when I saw that one. These people really should get out more, or failing that actually do some reading. President Sarkozy is a great admirer of Margaret Thatcher and her policies (as was Tony Blair incidentally), and “The Iron Lady” was not renowned for her left wing views, indeed quite the opposite. As for Germany being “tiny little”, I don’t suppose that was the view in the 1940s when it took the concerted efforts of the Allies to overcome its military powers. Instead of this patronising view of European nations, perhaps Coulter and her ilk might like to make more detailed research into the health care systems of some of those countries. Having experienced both the UK and US medical systems I can tell you which one I prefer, and it isn’t the one Coulter thinks is so wonderful. Profiting from people’s ill health is morally wrong. If the Republican party genuinely care about the ordinary American person in the street and not just big business, they should support measures that reduce health care cost and bring universal coverage. Keeping the status quo or sticking up for the rights of the insurers isn’t going to do that. America needs to look beyond the individual and consider the holistic benefits to a society that would no longer have to make decisions like groceries or rent versus health care payments. People should be able to have both. America sees itself as a great nation. It cannot truly do that while it has the shame of this health care inequality hanging over its head. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself as one famous President said. Well stop peddling fear Republicans, enter the debate properly, and do some good for all the American people. Anything else amounts to at best self-interest, and at worst contempt.

    • calvininjax

      I give the illusion of talent. If I had any real talent, I would be able to derive an income from it and be lionized on both sides of the Atlantic.

      Your political comments, on the other hand, are spot on.

  2. Mike

    Tiny little Germany’s exports are bigger than the US’s, at over a trillion dollars. Germany and France are the 4th and 5th largest economies in the world (after the US, Japan, and China). Both nations have a “public option” and both strongly regulate what insurance companies can charge. Germany is arguably more conservative the US, with no legal abortion, Christianity in politics, and no gay marriage anywhere.

    However, Coulter is right that there is vigorous competition among private health insurers in Germany and that the market is working. If US conservatives want to follow the German model, that would probably be a good thing.

    • calvininjax

      Is she?

      Only 11 percent of the German population takes out private health insurance.

      Some 92 percent of Germany’s residents receive health care through statutory health insurance, the GKV, which relies on about 1,200 non-profit sickness funds that collect premiums from their members and pay health care providers according to negotiated agreements.

      The premiums are paid jointly by employers and employees.

      I don’t think U.S. physicians would be happy with the pay of their German counterparts.

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