Friday, January 16, 2004

More Outrage

From the aptly titled The Daily Outrage in The Nation comes this bit of nonsensical analysis of Bush's report on health:

"Instead, the sunny new opening is: 'The overall health of Americans has improved dramatically over the last century.' After much more of this oh- hoorayism, the report reveals it will not, in fact, be focused on why minorities get poorer medical care; its new focus -- if you can call a set of generalizations "focused" -- is that all sorts of people at times get less- than-standard care, including women, children, the elderly, the sick, the low-income, and minorities."

So Bush is being castigated for not focusing "on why minorities get poorer medical care" but rather on why "all sorts of people at times get less- than-standard care, including women, children, the elderly, the sick, the low-income, and minorities."

I thought minorities included such groups as, well "minorities" and that groups which may not qualify as a "minority", such as children, the elderly, women and the low-income, are still worthy of inclusion in a report on how health care is delivered.

With much of the criticism of Bush there could be the kernel of a reasonable argument here but it is lost in the wash of outrage. Really, it is common political practice to try and put a positive gloss on things and it is unsurprising that Bush has done this in this instance - but any politician would. And what ultimately matters is what comes out of the report.

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