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You have healthcare right? Me too. It’s pretty nice. Actually more than that – it saved my life from cancer and is keeping me alive. So it’s not just a nice to have, it’s a gotta have. An imperative. If I didn’t have healthcare for myself and my family, I would consider that to be a very serious problem. I’d be willing to bet you would too, no matter your politics. Can we just be honest? The only people who don’t value healthcare are young idiots who think they’re going to live forever. We adults know better.
This is why I think a national system that offers affordable healthcare to all Americans is a really good idea. Is the current Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare (they’re the same thing, but I know you knew that) the solution we need? I don’t know. I just know that quality healthcare for all Americans is a great idea. We’re not talking about free beer (another great idea), or free Carnival cruises (meh). We’re talking about something every responsible, sensible adult in the Unites States of the 21st century thinks is essential. Kind of like roads and emergency services and law enforcement. It’s just a really crucial underpinning to a long life full of liberty and the pursuit of happiness as each of us chooses to define it. How can this be bad?
Yes, I know it takes money to do this. I also know that it takes money to run for Congress, and there are many heavy hitting political donors out there happily making a ton of money off the way things are. Don’t worry about them. They’ll be alright. They’re gettin’ their three-squares and then some. They’re probably getting excellent healthcare too.
By the way, I offer this opinion as a member of the one percent – the top part. I am comfortably wealthy. I am a capitalist. I like making money. No, really.
What about all the people who don’t deserve help? What about all the bums? What about all the illegals? What about all the people we don’t like, your no-good brother-in-law, for instance?[sigh] Well, what about them? For every law, we have that benefits society at large – as most are intended to do – there will always be those who try to skirt them, try to work the angles, try to cheat. Ever break the speed limit? Me too, but hey, I had important stuff to do, I’m sure. We’ll fix the problems and stop the cheaters as the opportunities arise. What about the good people who need a leg up, a helping hand? What about your kids and your grandkids, who one day may fall on hard times and won’t have employer sponsored health insurance? If we can help them, shouldn’t we?
Some say Obamacare is a failure and maybe they are right. They’ll say that’s proof that it can’t be done, or that a national system won’t work for this reason or that. Really? May I remind you this is America? I have a smartphone with thousands of times more computing power than all of NASA during the Apollo space program. You know, the program that put men on the moon? See this video (so cool). I just don’t buy that it can’t be done. I do buy that we just won’t do it.
Societies tend to be most unified and most generous during times of crisis: earthquakes, hurricanes, depressions, world wars. We tend to look out for each other when the chips are down and resources are scarce. Why not buck the trend and help each other out in times of plenty? Times like right now.