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Sen. Harkin Falls For Cuba's Health Care Propaganda
Investors.com ^ | February 4, 2014 | IBD Editorial

Posted on 02/04/2014 4:45:09 PM PST by jazusamo

Sympathizer: Tom Harkin, or "Comrade Harkin" to some, says Cuba's health care system is "remarkable." Maybe a better name for Iowa's senior senator, would be "Useful Idiot," a term the USSR used for gullible leftists in the West.

Harkin, a Democrat, recently spent a week in Cuba, apparently taking in all that the island prison has to offer. On his return, he told reporters that Cuba is a "poor country" — did he think they didn't know this? — but gushed that "they have a lower child mortality rate than ours."

"Their life expectancy is now greater than ours," he said. "It's interesting — their public health system is quite remarkable."

Yes, right, because Cuba would never fudge its data to make itself look good. Communist dictatorships don't traffic in propaganda. It's just not in their DNA.

The National Journal reported that "Harkin, who made a 186-mile trek over the course of three days, also cited low infection rates in Cuban hospitals and the country's success in reducing smoking among citizens through public health campaigns."

Did it occur to the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee — who made the visit, according to the National Journal, "to check out how other countries are doing when it comes to public health" — that maybe he was given the VIP tour of Potemkin clinics and kept away from the wretched facilities that regular Cubans have to endure? Apparently not. Let's take Harkin's points one at a time.

First, anyone who trusts Cuba's official government data should not shop for bridges.

In 2011, the United Nations Development Program placed the country in a category reserved for those whose data are not reliable, putting Cuba in a group that includes Iraq, Somalia and North Korea.

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TOPICS: Cuba; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: commiesympathizer; cuba; cubaheathcare; cubapropaganda; democrat; harkin; obamacare; procommunist; prodictator; propaganda; tomharkin; usefulidiot
Sen. Harkin should feel free to travel to Cuba for his future medical care, he'd get first hand knowledge of it.
1 posted on 02/04/2014 4:45:09 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

As Forrest Gump’s mama used to say: “Stupid is as stupid does!”


2 posted on 02/04/2014 4:46:59 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: jazusamo

THIS IS THE FAMOUS ‘GREAT AND FREE HEALTHCARE’ THAT REGULAR CUBANS RECEIVE

http://www.therealcuba.com/Page10.htm

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3 posted on 02/04/2014 4:48:00 PM PST by Para-Ord.45 ( Americans, happy in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own dictators.)
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To: jazusamo

He has decided not to run for reelection so he feels he can show his true colors, now.


4 posted on 02/04/2014 4:51:51 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: jazusamo

Is this the same ‘remarkable’ health care system from which Fidel Castro fled to Spain for HIS medical treatment?


5 posted on 02/04/2014 4:53:15 PM PST by fhayek
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To: jazusamo

I’m surprised he didn’t reflect on the many fighter jet missions he flew over Cuba back in the day...


6 posted on 02/04/2014 4:53:48 PM PST by digger48
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To: Para-Ord.45

Cuba’s healthcare worked out well for Hugo Chavez, at least for the free world.


7 posted on 02/04/2014 4:54:11 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
He should talk to the Cuban emigre I talked to. She said they do indeed have Doctors and hospitals. But, they have no medicine and for that measure no sheets for the hospitals. Her uncle is typical he makes money on the black market to pay for medicine that he needs for a serious health issue. He buys it abroad because it and other medicine is not available in Cuba.
8 posted on 02/04/2014 4:54:24 PM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: jazusamo

“Their life expectancy is now greater than ours,” he said.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calorie_restriction

Harkin is a Moron!


9 posted on 02/04/2014 4:55:06 PM PST by GraceG
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To: fhayek

Yeah, I’ll bet that instilled confidence in Cuban patients and docs.


10 posted on 02/04/2014 4:57:38 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Para-Ord.45

GREAT POST P/O45

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I THINK HARKIN WAY BACK WHEN.... WENT TO MEET WITH THE SANDINISTAS IN NICARAGUA WITH KERRY ....AS WELL...

CHECK THIS OUT

http://patdollard.com/2013/06/john-kerry-fondly-reminisces-about-time-he-aided-communist-guerrillas/


11 posted on 02/04/2014 4:59:44 PM PST by jimsin
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This article makes good points on the reliability of data from Cuba, but there is another point that conservatives should be aware of when confronting libs with the old “U.S. healthcare is worse than...”

First longevity comparisions - which is the usual data point - are useless to measure healthcare. For one thing, the U.S. leads in death by auto accident - not a good measure of healthcare. Second, early death due to drugs, obesity is also not a good measure of healthcare.

Second, infant mortality is computed quite differently in different countries. In many, an infant is not considered in mortality if it does not make it past 2 weeks or X number of days. In the U.S. we have premies that we save and many don’t make it. They’re counted as infant mortality when in other countries they would not.

And, of course, one infant mortality greatly reduces the longevity average.

The most accurate measure of quality of healthcare is rates of recovery and cure.. things that healthcare actually influences. Here the U.S. is very high.


12 posted on 02/04/2014 5:00:42 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: jazusamo

Dems have no skepticism about a Communist dictatorship claims. huh.


13 posted on 02/04/2014 5:00:46 PM PST by RginTN
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To: jazusamo

History repeats itself. The NY Times sent a reporter to Stalin’s Russia, and he came back saying it was awesome.

Of course, he did not move there, nor did more than half a dozen believers.


14 posted on 02/04/2014 5:01:23 PM PST by lurk
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To: jazusamo
Tom Harkin has long been a credulous fool when it comes to medicine and such. He was the force behind the institutionalization of the collection of quackeries known as "complementary and alternative medicine." Crystals and pyramids anyone?

He is also a lying Viet Nam Vet wannabe. So I'm sure we can take his word for the wonders of medicine in Cuber.

15 posted on 02/04/2014 5:02:31 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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16 posted on 02/04/2014 5:02:52 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

He and Michael Moore


17 posted on 02/04/2014 5:03:35 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: D-fendr

You missed the BIG one ... Obesity.

Our welfare poor are so well fed they are dying early from obesity related illnesses.


18 posted on 02/04/2014 5:06:02 PM PST by TexasGator
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To: jazusamo
How does Harken get re-elected?

I'd suggest the the Eastern 2/3's of Iowa voters are Commies.

19 posted on 02/04/2014 5:06:05 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: jazusamo
Harkin... gushed ... "they have a lower child mortality rate than ours."...

"Their life expectancy is now greater than ours," he said. "It's interesting — their public health system is quite remarkable."

Oh, my. Hailing from a Democratic [sic] Party that deals in wall-to-wall lies and perpetual deceit, does he not suspect Cuban propaganda to be faked from start-to-finish? (Alternatively, might he be going along with the "gags"?)

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20 posted on 02/04/2014 5:08:09 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: jazusamo

Only socialism, communism, and the other collectivist left-isms can make use of idiots. That’s because they’re suited only for ruling over a population comprised of idiots.

Capitalism has no use for “useful idiots.”

I don’t know how useful Harkin is, but he certainly is an idiot.


21 posted on 02/04/2014 5:19:32 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Harkin has been a communist sympathizer since the VN war. He was part of the team that “discovered” the Con Son Island prisons they claimed as “Tiger Cages”.

The whole thing was a hoax. He was joined by Don Luce, an IVS leader in Vietnam who went over to the reds and Khomeini and never came back. THe others were Rep. Augustus Hawkins (D-CA), an admitted former member of the CPUSA (sometime in the 1940s. No details from Hawkins other than this).

The other was Rep. Andrew Jacobs (R?-Ill). At least I think this was the other guy. He was a liberal and didn’t know what they hell they were pulling over his eyes.

Harkins also was a top supporter of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and the FMLN in El Salvador, among other communist causes.

You can find significant information on his communist connections at www.keywiki.org and www.DiscoverTheNetwork.org.

The old biweekly newsletter “The Pink Sheet on the Left”/American Sentinel” also carried numerous articles about Harkin. Unfortunately it is not online yet.

The Capitol Research Center (spell Capitol also as Capital re googling purposes if necessary) also had him in lists of supporters of various leftist organizations.

He briefly shows up in S. Steven Powell’s book “Covert Cadre: Inside the Institute for Policy Studies”, about 1986.

Harkin has been “red for decades. The sooner he dies, the better for America’s security.


22 posted on 02/04/2014 5:22:59 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: jazusamo
Harkin, a Democrat, recently spent a week in Cuba, apparently taking in all that the island prison has to offer. On his return, he told reporters that Cuba is a "poor country" — did he think they didn't know this? — but gushed that "they have a lower child mortality rate than ours."

"Their life expectancy is now greater than ours," he said. "It's interesting — their public health system is quite remarkable."

You do understand that they cook the books, Senator, particularly the books that they show to you -- I guess not.

Even though Cubans can't afford to buy 32 ounce soft drinks to get fat, can't afford crack cocaine, and aren't allowed to buy guns for the drive-by shootings so popular in Democrat cities in the US -- they still don't live as long as we do.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2102rank.html

23 posted on 02/04/2014 5:25:49 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: jazusamo

Another Harkin dung heap.


24 posted on 02/04/2014 5:26:51 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: Seaplaner
Oh, my. Hailing from a Democratic [sic] Party that deals in wall-to-wall lies and perpetual deceit, does he not suspect Cuban propaganda to be faked from start-to-finish? (Alternatively, might he be going along with the "gags"?)

Being a liberal means that you can...

1. Believe what you want to believe, contrary to what the facts might be.

2. And disbelieve what you want to disbelieve, contrary to what the facts might be.

Liberalism is a religion; it is supported by faith, not facts.

Tom Harkin is every bit the communist that William Ayers is.

25 posted on 02/04/2014 5:28:11 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: jazusamo
The “mortality” Harkin mentioned is bogus. In the US, we allow “at-risk” children to be born. In Cuba, they're aborted and thus not counted in the statistic.
26 posted on 02/04/2014 5:36:34 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Absolutely...I believe everything he mentioned is bogus, he really is a useful idiot.


27 posted on 02/04/2014 5:43:37 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: TexasGator

Thanks, but I didn’t miss it:

>>>”Second, early death due to drugs, obesity..”

But I really appreciate you replying and putting more emphasis on it.


28 posted on 02/04/2014 6:04:29 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

People in IA must be heartsick over losing their harkin.


29 posted on 02/04/2014 6:11:36 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: lurk
History repeats itself. The NY Times sent a reporter to Stalin’s Russia, and he came back saying it was awesome

His name was Walter Duranty, and the American people followed his every word.

30 posted on 02/04/2014 6:13:00 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: D-fendr

Of course, to add, Cuba does not have the obeseity problems the US has....Of course, Cubans have very little food to eat


31 posted on 02/04/2014 6:22:50 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (A Theory is not a Fact....It is not called the "Fact of Evolution")
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Andrew Jacobs, Jr. was a Democrat from Indiana (Indianapolis).


32 posted on 02/04/2014 7:20:26 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: jazusamo
The dream of a society in which everyone is equal has become real in Cuba. Everyone gets $20 per month plus a ration card.

"The Once Great City of Havana" by Michael J. Totten:

http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/michael-j-totten/once-great-city-havana

33 posted on 02/04/2014 8:05:07 PM PST by TChad
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To: jazusamo

Harkin loves hims some commies.

34 posted on 02/04/2014 8:40:03 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: jazusamo
Now where have I seen this before?

Oh, yeah ...
35 posted on 02/04/2014 8:47:46 PM PST by tanknetter
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John Kerry and Tom Harkin meeting with Communist Sandinista Daniel Ortega in 1985.

36 posted on 02/04/2014 8:55:39 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

Pathetic isn’t it? Both Harkin and Kerry just thought we could all get along with commies. Thank G-d for Ronald Reagan.


37 posted on 02/05/2014 8:14:38 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

I went to a meet and greet for a repub. canidate back in 2008. One of the attendees seemed to be a DUmp-monkey sent in with DNC talking points.

Every time the Bech (the canidate) mentioned healthcare, the fat sack-of-s*ht DUmmie started spouting “Cuba, free health care” crap. Finally sick of it and poor Bech’s attempts to be polite to lard-ass, I butted in and silenced the DUmmie:

“Which way are the rafts going?”

Everybody laughed and the interruptions stopped.


38 posted on 02/05/2014 9:30:09 AM PST by Peet (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: Peet
“Which way are the rafts going?”

Beautiful! LOL!

39 posted on 02/05/2014 9:32:40 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

It looks to me now that they think we can all be commies.


40 posted on 02/05/2014 12:21:38 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: jazusamo

I just heard clips of Harkin from his speech on the Senate floor. What a tool.


41 posted on 02/26/2014 11:43:04 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: b4its2late

Amen.

Here’s a link to an article with video posted yesterday on PJ Media of Rubio absolutely crucifying Harkin on the Senate floor on his trip to Cuba. I haven’t watched the whole video but he starts out ripping him on the healthcare thing.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/02/25/rubio-slams-harkin-for-praising-cuba-vows-venezuela-sanctions-effort/


42 posted on 02/26/2014 12:03:01 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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