I will be the first to admit I am more than a little wary of the new health care bill, even though I supported it, and I support the President, whom I voted for.
Because I'm aware of our government's many failures and I'm aware that people who live in countries that have universal health care are not always pleased with their coverage.
But the unfortunate truth is that prison inmates -- people who rape, murder, steal, terrorize, and are the general scourge of society -- receive basic health care. Better health care than some families who can't get it through their jobs and can't afford it on their own. Better than some citizens whose pre-existing health problems prevent them from receiving basic health care, because greedy health insurance companies don't want to pay for insulin and heart medication and chemotherapy.
So I'm afraid we have little choice but to support universal health coverage in America. To cry "socialism" and to claim this will further fiscally weaken our country - which it may - is to ignore your friend, your neighbor, your brother, who needs medical coverage. We can continue to allow individualism to rule our thinking. After all, as long as me and my family are covered and happy, who cares whether Stranger Suzy's daughter dies because no hospital will admit her due to lack of insurance? It's surely sad, but doesn't really affect me.
We can continue to think that way, or we can do the right thing and make sure innocent Americans who have not raped, killed, or terrorized others, receive the health care we all deserve. Twenty four percent of Californians do not have health insurance. Tell me that is right. Tell me they don't deserve it as much as prisoners on death row do. Tell me what a better way to fix this problem is.
Opponents of this bill would have you believe that its passage will lead to the demise of this country. Literally, they have said it will ruin this country. My suggestion is to not listen to their messages of fear. As rational beings capable of our own thoughts, I believe we understand this could never lead to our country's downfall. As part of the brotherhood of man, I believe we are obligated to support anything that gives equal rights to all Americans.
Tomorrow: More nonsense.