The health care debate is raging, with uproarious town hall shoutfests – er, meetings – and  coverage of said meetings dominating the airwaves. So, despite the fact that no health care bill will even be debated in Congress until September, the issue is very much in the ether. And you know what that means: celebrity pontificators.

Famous people have been coming out of the woodwork to share their strongly held beliefs about the merits of health care reform, and the postings generally make for interesting, though not always informative reading.

We’ll start with a posting from a celeb that’s already gotten a bit of attention. We are slightly nervous even mentioning this gentleman in a way that might be perceived as mockery, because he could no doubt decapitate every single member of the MainStreet staff will a single roundhouse kick. So please don’t hate us...

Chuck Norris

In a lengthy column titled “Dirty Secret No. 1 in Obamacare” on, Mr. Norris vehemently opposes the proposed health care reform, primarily because he believes it will usurp parental rights and responsibilities. He writes:

“Obamacare is about the government's coming into homes and usurping parental rights over child care and development…The bill says that the government agents, 'well-trained and competent staff,' would 'provide parents with knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive, language, social, emotional and motor domains ... modeling, consulting and coaching on parenting practices,' and 'skills to interact with their child to enhance age-appropriate development.'  Are you kidding me?! With whose parental principles and values? Their own? Certain experts'? From what field and theory of childhood development? As if there are one-size-fits-all parenting techniques! … Are we to assume the state's mediators would understand every parent's social or religious core values on parenting? Or would they teach some secular-progressive and religiously neutered version of parental values and wisdom?”

If you read on, you’ll find Mr. Norris is incredibly put off by the whole idea of agents of the government coming into people’s homes in general, but he really hates the idea that they’d have a role in child rearing. We’d just like to point out, respectfully, Mr. Norris, sir, that child protective services, a government entity, already inserts itself into families lives. And it seems that the proposal you cite, which is voluntary and targets communities in need, seeks to intervene before things get really bad and requires CPS intervention or worse yet law enforcement.  The truth is that some parents, despite the best intentions, kind of suck at parenting. They feed their kids Froot Loops for dinner and plop them down in front of the TV every night instead of talking to them. If these parents are looking for help, we don’t necessarily think that giving it to them is such a horrible idea, Mr. Norris, sir. 

Roseanne Barr

Ms. Barr, a strong proponent of health care reform, chose an odd way to voice her support (she also posed as Hitler on a recent magazine cover). She invoked the president’s dead mother and more recently dead grandmother, in a way which – how can we put this gently – makes absolutely no freaking sense. She also dropped multiple obscenities which we’ve had to edit out due to our upstanding and family-friendly Web status. Finally, she refers to the president as “child,” which is about as condescending as you can get, particularly given that Roseanne is just nine years older than the president. Just imagine, however, how Barack might have turned out if Roseanne was his mom. 

“DO THE RIGHT THING. YOUR OWN MOTHER WANTS YOU TO DO THE THING THAT MOST CREATES PEACE, AND JUSTICE AND INTEGRATION. THAT MEANS SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE AND YOU KNOW IT. WHAT THE HELL HAVE THEY GOT YOU DOING, BARACK? do not and i repeat do not piss off the grandmothers of america who put you where you are today. Don't be that stupid. Don't piss in our faces and tell us its rain, child!! You got the billions to bail out private contractors and bankers from us!! We want something back for our money! We want the health care that you and every member of the government have, that undocumented workers and soldiers have! We are paying for all of you to have what you deny us?! what kind of b***s*** is that? stop the b***s*** obama!”


Musician Moby posted this story on his blog about his mom a couple of weeks ago. It’s hard to argue with this, though we do find serious fault with his apparent inability to capitalize.

“in 1996 my mother went to her hmo complaining about persistent bronchitis and breathing problems. my mother had quit smoking, but she had been a heavy, 2 pack a day, smoker for over 30 years. the doctor gave her some antibiotics. no x-rays, no tests, just antibiotics. a month later my mother still had persistent respiratory problems. the doctor gave her more antibiotics. no x-rays, no tests. a month later (3 months now) my mother still had persistent respiratory problems. finally her insurance company/hmo allowed her to have x-rays. when they looked at the x-rays they saw that she had advanced lung cancer. why didn't they give tests or x-rays to her the first time she came in? a woman who'd been smoking 2 packs a day for over 30 years? because, according to her insurance company/hmo, the tests and x-rays were too expensive. 6 months later my mother was dead from metastasized lung cancer… america needs health care reform.”

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