My LTTE was in the paper today.

22 Jul 2009 12:36 pm
Posted by: Donna

Needless to say, there was much yowling of the wingnuts in the comments section. One needs only to peruse the first three comments to get a sense of the Republican/Libertarian horsehockey that permeates the brains of many of our fellow citizens.

Quoth a rocket surgeon who calls himself YeeHaw:

I see an awful lot of illegal immigrants in our hospital waiting rooms who are not in fear of bankruptcy nor in fear of dieing because of poor or no insurance.

Dieing? Is that a new appetizer on the menu at PF Chang’s? Are the English Only bigots ever going to master the only tongue they know? Doubtful.

Here’s TaxWatcher, who may need some medical attention for the painful chafing his bootstraps cause him:

The “rich” should not be allowed to use their earnings to get life saving medical care for themselves. The government should confiscate all their earnings and the government should decide who gets medical care.

Just because you work hard and become successful doesn’t mean you have the right to buy better medical care than the lazy and unmotivated of the world. Everyone should be equal, just like Karl Marx said.

Yep. You know who’s really lazy and unmotivated? Cancer survivors, that’s who. Always whining about their “preexisting conditions” and whatnot. Why should hardworking strivers like TaxWatcher pick up their slack? That’s so Marxist.

The very third comment is by a person who goes by the moniker of shrimplate:

Hospitals have no choice. They have to at least minimally treat people regardless of their citizenship or ability to pay. Then they pass the costs along to paying customers; you know, insured people like you.

Keen observation there, Captain Obvious. (edit: I’ve been informed that shrimplate is a good guy. Sorry shrimplate.)

Oy. There are three more pages of comments if you care to assault your brain, but I think y’all get the drift. And in case anyone forgets, many of them are people who call themselves “pro life”.


  1. Comment by Eli_Blake on July 22, 2009 9:52 pm

    Hey, let me defend one of the three (who I know to be an intelligent, thoughtful individual):

    He works in a hospital and knows very well what goes on there. And his point needs to be made so that ignoramuses like the first writer realize that they are indeed paying (though higher bills passed on to those who can pay.) Ergo, we need universal coverage precisely so not so many costs DO get passed on.

    That may seem obvious to you, but it is the kind of thing that has to be repeated early and often because there are so many dunces out there who think that they can live in a bubble and never be impacted by the travails that other people face– though unless you are a complete hermit that just isn’t true.

  2. Comment by Eli_Blake on July 22, 2009 9:58 pm

    Your ads are giving me a bit of a pause though:

    GOPAC: Training the next generation of Republican leaders?

    McDonnell for Governor of Virginia?

    Maybe your letter needs to be to google.

  3. Comment by Donna on July 22, 2009 10:34 pm

    Yeah, I see that shrimplate is a good guy but the problem with his comment is that the numbskull who wrote the first comment will key on the “people who are not citizens” part of it and ignore the rest.

    Hey, if you click on those ads we make money. More money to the Diva blog means more Divas blogging. So click away on those right wing ads. If one for an Ann Coulter book comes up, especially.

  4. Comment by Katie on July 22, 2009 11:38 pm

    Hey, what is w/the ads? The one up now says “Beat Up Obama”!

  5. Comment by Eli_Blake on July 23, 2009 5:30 pm

    By the way, I loved your letter.

    Also, regarding “Dieing”

    I think they just edit letters from liberals. There was one time I wrote a letter that referred to Joe Arpaio, and I used the description, “the sheriff of Nottingham.” The Arizona Republic printed the letter, but they duly corrected the jurisdiction to Maricopa County.

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