This Week’s Cartoon: Ron Paul’s Muffin-care

The more I think about Ron Paul’s solution to the plight of the uninsured, the more baffled I become. So, churches are going to come to the rescue? That would seem to leave an awful lot of non-churchgoers to die, but maybe that’s the point. And what about, as the Beatles put it, all the lonely people? These same politicians calling for communities to pitch in together are the ones pushing the myth of the radically-atomized individual. They are the party of American alienation: inhuman-scale corporate bureaucracies, big-box stores, unchecked sprawl, barricaded McMansions, and oversized vehicles with outside-world-avoiding names like “Enclave.” (I generalize, but only slightly.) These are the people who crush attempts at fostering community through urban planning and the creation of public space. For these ideologues to lecture anyone about neighborliness takes a lot of chutzpah.

Not even Ron Paul’s muffin-based health care plan could help his former campaign manager who died with $400,000 in medical bills. He was reportedly ineligible for health insurance due to a pre-existing condition. (For an eloquent statement on this, and general Republican cruelty regarding health care, I recommend this Daily Kos diary).

A note about the Kickstarter joke in the fourth panel: I had a nagging feeling that I’d seen a tweet about Kickstarter-funded health care somewhere, but a rather lengthy search turned up nothing. In any case, I apologize if I’m not the first person to think of that.

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  • Justin

    I’m a little confused as to why someone who decries universal healthcare as socialist would recommend an option that strikes me as more…directly socialist.

  • Mike Peterson

    “Ron Paul’s muffin-based health care plan”

    If you ever forget how to draw, you’ll still be able to rage against the dying of the light.

  • Jen Sorensen

    Justin – Apparently when people try to do something that works, using the tools of democracy, that is tyranny. Go figure.

    Mike – Thanks. I like writing at least as much as I like drawing cartoons.

  • Nick

    Jen, there’s a danger in making muffin metaphors about a candidate who explains his monetary policy using “money elf” ones. If he begins to advocate a muffin-based economy–I blame you!

  • Roger Bloyce

    What’s with these political cartoonists who can write better than the current crop of political columnists? Evidently being attuned to the visual sharpens the mind. Please stick to the drawings, Jen, because even Republicans can understand them, or at least some of them can. But please keep up the writing too.

  • Tom

    Y’know, it occurred to me that unions were started not only to protest working conditions and low pay, but also as support groups for health care and emergency care for their members. It may be that unions declined not only as heavy industry declined, but also because Medicare, Social Security and disability care took the place of fraternal aid groups. Now: if the Republicans continue the assault on Medicare, Social Security and other programs (they don’t seem terribly supportive of veterans benefits, for that matter), it might wind up reviving unions and other cooperative organizations.

    Interesting unitended consequence, eh?

  • Roger Bloyce

    No, no, Tom, you don’t understand. Corporations are people, the Supreme Court said so, so they have a First Amendment right to support any political candidate they like with unlimited secret funding. But unions are quite different. It is being pointed out (by those Republicans you don’t seem to like) in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Idaho that public employees have no right to collective bargaining because, unlike corporations, unions are somehow not people, and therefore they have no right to free speech, which is to say no reason to exist. Silly you. How can unions revive if they don’t even exist?

  • Bongo

    Paul’s suggestion is nothing new. Herbert Hoover said the state governments and religious organizations should pitch in to help out those unfortunates who lost everything in the depression.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.