Should Strangers I’ve Never Met Get Mammograms And When? My Important Opinion
November 22, 2009 1 Comment
People may not remember this, but during the Reagan-Bush years, and indeed during the arguments for the Clinton health care plan(s), whether/how often women should get mammograms was a big political deal. It was considered a hallmark of the Evil Conservative backwardness that Medi[whatever] wouldn’t pay for such-and-such number of mammograms per (year/month/day?) for such-and-such women. Maximizing the number of mammograms women got was a big civil-rights issue cared deeply about by many ‘progressive’ females I found myself in arguments with over the years.
Time and time again, it always came back to the mammograms. To listen to ‘progressive’ women talk in 1994, or 1988, women should be given free mammograms practically every day, paid for by garnishing white males’ salaries, any hour of a woman over the age of 13′s life elapsing without her being given a mammogram was a Shoah-level crime against humanity, and anyone who didn’t think so was a Neanderthal.
That is why I will be especially interested to see the reaction of ‘progressives’ to this in the coming weeks and months. You can almost hear the gears in ‘progressives’ heads clanking around as they try to do the political calculation and calibrate their response. What reaction helps Obama and the ‘healthcare’ plan? Hmmm…you know, it’s funny, but suddenly maybe mammograms aren’t All That after all.
I don’t have a set position on mammograms, mind you. Frankly I’d be delighted if I never heard the word ‘mammogram’ in a damn political conversation for the rest of my natural life. It’s none of my freaking business.
At least, I don’t want it to be. The problem is, ‘progressives’ want it to be. They want to make everyone’s shit everyone else’s business. That is the problem.