Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Comment and Reply to Post About Howard Schultz Independent Run
In yesterday's post, "I Love Your Coffee, But Let's Leave It At That," I urged Howard Schultz to stay out of the 2020 campaign because 3rd party/independents never win, they just prevent others from winning, and because Schultz has no governmental experience and offers nothing in particular.
I promptly heard from an anonymous Schultz fan:
What is the "far left view" that bothers you? My desire for an improved American health care system? There's nothing far left about that, and I have plenty of company that share in that wish with me. Obamacare took big steps in the right direction, but Trump has done everything he can to unwind those advances and take us backwards, far away from the rest of the developed world.
So, yeah, when I hear Schultz's brusque dismissal of universal health care -- "We can't afford it" -- it does indeed get the hair up on my neck, at least what's left of my hair. Since you're anonymous, I don't know who you are and you may not know that I'm a Stage 4 cancer patient. I can tell you that our good ol' market-driven, capitalist American way of dealing with such diseases is a disaster -- we pay far more than any other developed nation in the world, and Schultz seems to think that's all we can afford. I say bullshit. The rest of the world is able to afford health care for all at far lower prices. Pursuit of the same for us is not leftist radicalism, it's mainstream common sense. It's a priority for me and a whole lot of other Americans.
Mr. Anonymous, if you really want to "beat Drump," send Schultz as a Democrat or not at all.