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A special thing happened last weekend at the South Carolina National Security Action Summit: Rick Santorum met an American citizen who makes him look like a champion of reason.

During a Q&A session with the former senator and presidential candidate, a woman whose media diet evidently consists of right-wing radio, nutty email chains, and Alex Jones' Inforwars gave a long-winded rant that starts with well-worn old horses like questioning Obama's American citizenship and ends with a reference to a conspiracy theory about the President's plot to set off a nuke in Charlston S.C. As the contents of her speech ascend higher and higher toward dizzying heights of paranoia, so does the shrieking tenor of her voice.

Why is the Congress rolling over and letting this Communist dictator destroy my country? Y'all know what he is and I know what he is. I want him out of the White House; he's not a citizen; he could have been removed a long time ago...

Ted [Cruz?] told me I've got to wait for the next election. I don't think the country will be around for the next election. Obama tried to blow up a nuke in Charleston a few months ago! And the three admirals, and generals. He has totally destroyed our military. He's fired all the generals and all the admirals that said they wouldn't fire on the American people.

You can watch the whole thing here:

Skip to min mark 18 top hear this crazy lady's rant.

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That poor person is terrified.

I'm disappointed former Senator Santorum didn't tell her the truth.

This is sad, and wrong.

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The video won't play for me but that's okay. I was thinking maybe a psych eval would be useful.

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The video won't play for me but that's okay. I was thinking maybe a psych eval would be useful.

Probably not covered by her health insurance...remember how Reagan promoted conservative policy relative to mental health care?

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Probably not covered by her health insurance...remember how Reagan promoted conservative policy relative to mental health care?

Did the ACA not fix that?

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Did the ACA not fix that?

Doesn't matter, the ACA is going to be repealed anyway, right?

The ACA did improve mental health care coverage for some people. Still, it remains a not very well covered health benefit in the world of insurance.

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Probably not covered by her health insurance...remember how Reagan promoted conservative policy relative to mental health care?

I can even remember a bit further back when President Carter started that policy. I'm just not sure if shuttering mental health facilities and returning people to society is a progressive or conservative policy. I'm sure I'll hear how any positive effects will be progressive and negative effects conservative.

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Well, I remember the advent of "de-institutionalization" in MA. The stated plan was to provide needed services in the community ... Which never happened. A combination of NIMBY and budget cuts. It happened around the same time as the neighborhood health centers started getting shut down. Late seventies, early eighties, as I remember. It was part of the "conservative" backlash against the War on Poverty.

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Public Policy and Mental Illnesses: Jimmy Carter's Presidential Commission on Mental Health

I don't think that health issues, including mental health, should be a partisan issue. However, how the government addresses these issues and how they are funded or defunded is generally different between the two main parties.

Jimmy Carter's taskforce actually outlined how fragmented and increasingly ineffective our mental health care system was.

The report affirmed a commitment to the goal of making high-quality mental health care at reasonable cost available to all who needed it. Personal and community supports had to be strengthened, and a responsible mental health service system had to be created that provided the most appropriate care in a least restrictive setting. The report endorsed a federal program designed to encourage the creation of new community mental health services, particularly in underserved areas. It was imperative, therefore, that a 'National Priority to Meet the Needs of People with Chronic Mental Illness” be established. The report urged HEW to develop a national plan for phasing down and, where appropriate, closing large mental hospitals and allocating more resources for comprehensive and integrated systems care that included community-based services and the remaining small state hospitals (President's Commission on Mental Health 1978, 1:16–28, 64–5).

The report also supported reforms in both the public and private financing of mental health services. Any future national health insurance program and all existing private and public programs had to include benefits for emergency, outpatient, and inpatient care. Since persons with chronic mental illnesses required decent housing, adequate nutrition, and other supportive services, the commission maintained that any new system be required to recognize the need for social welfare, as distinct from medical, expenditures (President's Commission on Mental Health 1978, 1:29–34).

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sounds like your typical liberal plant. Has happened so many times in the past with Democrats.

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You can thank the first Reagan Democrat JFK with the current mess of mental illness.

Public Policy and Mental Illnesses: Jimmy Carter's Presidential Commission on Mental Health

I don't think that health issues, including mental health, should be a partisan issue. However, how the government addresses these issues and how they are funded or defunded is generally different between the two main parties.

Jimmy Carter's taskforce actually outlined how fragmented and increasingly ineffective our mental health care system was.

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