What’s Left?Jul 3rd, 2012 | By admin | Category: Opinion
I may have written about this before but maybe not. At any rate, I think it is worth writing about again - if that is the case.
What am I talking about? Health care for everyone. I believe that 50 years (or less) from now, we’ll look back at this time in our history and say, “I can’t believe we ever thought it was OK for some people NOT to have health care.” I believe it will be like the way we look at slavery now. How could anyone have ever thought that slavery was OK? Sure, if you asked the plantation owners at that time if they wanted to free their slaves, they would have said, “No, we can’t make it without their work and they can’t get along without us taking care of them.”
Same as universal health care now. Some people say, “We can’t afford to insure everyone.” “They should work and pay for their own health care like the rest of us.”
Well - health care - as you know - has gotten so expensive that it is almost impossible for anyone to “private pay” for anything and heaven forbid you have a long-term costly illness. If you don’t have health insurance you are out of luck - and in many cases for short-term illness or accidents - the hospitals have to shoulder the burden of non-payment of debt.
Our system needs a complete overhaul. I don’t have all the answers and neither does any other one person - but we need to get together and let our legislators know that we believe it is unethical and immoral to allow some of our fellow Americans to not have access to the best health care that we have available. We have to do this and not be so selfish and say that “we just can’t afford it.” We may have to cut some programs in other areas - but we are talking about basic life - or the loss of it. To me it is just unconscionable that we could ever think it is OK to continue as we have. We have to take care of our people and they will help us to continue to have the greatest country in the world. We can do it but it will require some compromise from both political parties and from each of us. We have to know that having access to medical care is a human right that one that we can provide.
Go to your happy place.
See you next week.