John Boehner Loves France (…Sometimes)

March 17th, 2011

Inspired by John Boehner’s newfound love for learning from other countries, even… France.

“82% of the electricity produced in France comes from nuclear sources and has done so successfully for decades. Only 20% of electric in the United States comes from nuclear souces. So I think let’s learn the lesson. Let’s understand what additional safeguards, if any, need to be put in place. But let’s not just say like we have for the last 30 years we’re not even gonna look at it because we’re afraid of it.” – Speaker John Boehner about learning from France’s nuclear energy system
 
“France spends 10.7% of it’s GDP on healthcare versus 16% in the US, and achieves better results. France provides universal coverage, and has done so successfully for decades through a mix of public and private financing. The World Health Organization health-care ranks France first in the world (the US is 37th), So I think let’s learn the lesson. Let’s understand what changes, if any, need to be put in place. But let’s not just say like we have for the last 30 years we’re not even gonna look at it because we’re afraid of it.” – Speaker Boehner about learning from France’s healthcare system?
 
“The French system is similar enough to the U.S. model that reforms based on France’s experience might work in America. The French can choose their doctors and see any specialist they want. Doctors in France, many of whom are self- employed, are free to prescribe any care they deem medically necessary.” — The French Lesson In Health Care (Bloomberg Business Week 7/09/07)

 

Mr. Speaker:


Why do you hate America?

Why do you so slavishly love France?

Why when discussing healthcare reform

Did you take the exact opposite stance?


Maybe we should learn from other countries–

It seems like a reasonable thing to do.

So why when discussing healthcare reform

Did you demonize that point of view?

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Here’s The Last Word’s 3/17/11 report on nuclear power in the US (Speaker Boehner’s statement is at the 1”40 mark).

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Here’s the trailor  from Michael Moore’s documentary Sicko comparing the US healthcare system with the ones in France and other countries.

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