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← An Open Letter to Bill Maher on Vaccinations

Andrew Brown's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by Andrew Brown

At the risk of bringing the flaming hordes down upon me, I can kind of understand his "reasoning"

Don't misunderstand me, his anti-vax/Big pharma etc. etc. woo-woo is cuckoo as can be. He does however point out that people should take better care of themselves. I think he has simply extrapolated that idea until it snaps.

He has stated that the US doesn't have health care it has sick care, and that people abuse their bodies until they go wrong and then expect the doctor to fix them.

Now I can see how living in a country where medicine is governed by the profit motve could lead to that point of view, but I think he has conflated two ideas, namely the need for people to take responsibility for their own health, and the idea that the doctor is a repair shop.

I think he thinks keeping healthy is all you need to do to stay healthy. unfortunately that isn't the case, and that's why we need healthcare.

(PS. I'm not the whining guy from the Grauniad!!)

Sat, 17 Oct 2009 03:55:00 UTC | #406147