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Russell Brand: The Clown Case for Socialized Medicine

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Posted on September 15 2009 3:33 pm

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By now, most people have seen rapper Kanye West’s inappropriate comments during singer Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) last weekend. While Swift was talking, West rushed the stage, took away her microphone, and told the audience that the artist Beyonce’s video was more deserving of the award Swift had received.

This shouldn’t surprise anyone. After all, West is the person who claimed, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, that “George Bush does not care about black people.”  President Obama is right about one thing: West is a jackass.

Last night’s Red Eye discussed another jackass at the VMAs, comedian Russell Brand.  His political slant is no secret. In the past, he has mocked Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol because of her out-of-wedlock pregnancy: “That is the safe-sex message of all time. Use a condom or become a Republican.”  This past weekend, he made more off-color comments at the VMAs.

Host Greg Gutfeld discussed these:

“When he wasn’t talking about his genitals, Brand joked about the differences between Britain and the U.S., saying, ‘Instead of letting people die in the streets, we have free health care.’  (By ‘we,’ he means ‘England.’)  Well, he’s right, Britain doesn’t let people die in the street, it lets them die in the hospital.”

Gutfeld continued by giving some staggering statistics.  Each year, Britain’s National Health Service’s (NHS) patient deaths due to medical errors are as high as 60%, according to January’s issue of Nursing Times.  Also, the Telegraph reports that nine out of ten deaths under government care aren’t even reported.  Out of some 72,000 NHS patient deaths, only about 3,200 are reported by the National Patient Safety Agency.

Gutfeld continued:

“This is why people truly scared of socialized medicine are those who already have it.  Now, I lived in Britain for three years and can verify that folks like Russell Brand didn’t take advantage of Britain’s free health care. No, they paid out of pocket like I did, so we all wouldn’t end up dead on a gurney in an empty hallway.”

It is hard to argue in favor of socialized medicine with numbers like these. What kind of a corrupt agenda drives people fighting for socialized medicine, when they themselves are surely aware of the statistics?  Many people in the U.S. may have been sheltered from these numbers, but we know folks like Brand know the truth, so why, then, wouldn’t he embrace our successful system?

Brand is nothing more than a low-class comedian who dressed up like Osama bin Laden after 9/11.  Even though he shouldn’t be politicizing events that are viewed widely by kids, most people know he is just a dirty comic who doesn’t represent the voice of reason on anything. Like West, Brand is a jackass, but at least he gets paid to be one.

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