This is one of those times when I wish I weren't so new to the Blogosphere, that I had a larger following and could reach a wider audience. Alas, Parsley's Pics is virtually unknown at the moment but hopefully when people do stumble across it they'll find this post.
Despite what Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-NC, announced at a recent press conference,“There are no Americans who don’t have healthcare." There she stood, all gussied up for her appearance before the cameras, saying in her imperious tone that "everybody in this country has access to healthcare." Really now.
The people who contribute their energy, time and talent to the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps might find Foxx's statement pretty startling. But it's more than that. It misrepresents the truth, it's ignorant and it's yet another attempt by the Republicans to mislead the public in order to stall health care reform, despite the fact that 72 percent want some form of government sponsored health care.
RAM is an amazing organization that relies on over 36,000 volunteers. It was started in 1985 by Stan Brock (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom) to aid those in Third World countries who had no health care. Over the years the focus has shifted to the U.S. Based in Knoxville, TN - the only state with an "Open Borders to Doctors" law - RAM provides free health care, dental care, eye care and even veterinary care to thousands of people in poor, remote regions of our own country - the land where everyone has health care.
According to RAM, the organization has provided $33,079,038 worth of free health care to 357,368 poor people. (Wkipedia)
Rep. Foxx, with her professionally polished nails, her professionally coiffed hair, her haute couture attire, and her perfectly applied makeup looks like a prissy plastic wind-up doll. We know that dolls are usually brainless little manikins that don't have the ability to think and analyze and who therefore go along with the likes of Pretty Boy Boehner, R-Ohio. If she would mingle with the masses, she might see for herself that not all Americans have health care. But then she might break a nail.