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Castro applauds ObamaCare....

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by DougC, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. DougC

    DougC

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    This kinda says it all when it comes to Barry Soto's healthcare "reforms"....

    Dubious endorsement? Cuban leader endorses US health care reform, says it's about time

    Paul Haven, Associated Press Writer, On Thursday March 25, 2010, 12:39 pm EDT

    HAVANA (AP) -- It perhaps was not the endorsement President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress were looking for.
    Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform "a miracle" and a major victory for Obama's presidency, but couldn't help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago.
    "We consider health reform to have been an important battle and a success of his (Obama's) government," Castro wrote in an essay published in state media, adding that it would strengthen the president's hand against lobbyists and "mercenaries."
    But the Cuban leader also used the lengthy piece to criticize the American president for his lack of leadership on climate change and immigration reform, and for his decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, among many other things.
    And he said it was remarkable that the most powerful country on earth took more than two centuries from its founding to approve something as basic as health benefits for all.
    "It is really incredible that 234 years after the Declaration of Independence ... the government of that country has approved medical attention for the majority of its citizens, something that Cuba was able to do half a century ago," Castro wrote.
    The longtime Cuban leader -- who ceded power to his brother Raul in 2008 -- has continued to pronounce his thoughts on world issues though frequent essays, titled "Reflections," which are published in state newspapers.
    Cuba provides free health care and education to all its citizens, and heavily subsidizes food, housing, utilities and transportation, policies that have earned it global praise. The government has warned that some of those benefits are no longer sustainable given Cuba's ever-struggling economy, though it has so far not made major changes.
    In recent speeches, Raul Castro has singled out medicine as an area where the government needs to be spending less, but he has not elaborated.
    While Fidel Castro was initially positive about Obama, his essays have become increasingly hostile in recent months as relations between Cuba and the United States have soured. Washington has been increasingly alarmed by Cuba's treatment of political dissidents -- one of whom died in February after a long hunger strike.
    Cuba was irate over the island's inclusion earlier this year on a list of countries Washington considers to be state sponsors of terrorism. Tensions have also risen following the arrest in December of a U.S. government contractor that Havana accuses of spying.
    In Thursday's essay, Castro called Obama a "fanatic believer in capitalist imperialism" but also praised him as "unquestionably intelligent."
    "I hope that the stupid things he sometimes says about Cuba don't cloud over that intelligence," he said.
     
  2. Jay9928

    Jay9928 I laugh at liberals.

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    He figures it will bring us down asap. If I needed a heart bypass operation, would I rather have it done in the U.S. or Cuba? Humm, let me think....
     
  4. Ruble Noon

    Ruble Noon "Cracker"

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    If Castro likes it, it must be good. :faint:
     
  5. zeke66

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    Well of course he does.
     
  6. Captain Steinbrenner

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    Castro........ I just can't think of the many things I would do to this POS if I had him in front of me.:steamed: The health system in Cuba is such a cluster**** that you would need to see it to believe it. My two sisters in law where doctors in Cuba and before coming to the US they told me the only pain killer they could get even for themselfs was some of ****ty aspirin manufactured in Cuba that if you take it to much can create an ulcer in your stomach. Yes it's true you get to see a primary care doctor anytime, but if you need to an specialist.... the line could be over a year to get an apoinment. I even had to send them surgical instruments because the goverment was not able to supply it!!:steamed::upeyes: Socialized health care SUCKS!!
     
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  7. Trigun

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    Cuba doesn't need missiles. They can use our own stupidity against us.
     
  8. volsbear

    volsbear IWannaBeSedated Lifetime Member

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    It seems clear that Castro is planning on licking the stink off the President's taint. I'm sure it's mutual.
     
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    You know we're in trouble if that DB likes it:steamed:
     
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    Nicky D CLM

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    He is just welcoming fellow comrades.