Monday, March 22, 2010

The End of the World As We Know It?

Yesterday, as most of the U.S. not living under a rock is probably aware, the House passed a major health care bill that will provide health insurance to about 95 percent of the country. For the first time in American history, we -- the wealthiest country in the world -- are pretty close to joining the rest of the world in providing universal health care to all of our legal citizens.

My immediate gut reaction?...It's about freaking time!!!

I must say, when I first heard about the passage of this bill, I actually felt impressed by a President of the United States for the first time in my nearly 30 years of life. Candidates eloquently talk an excellent game -- well at least most of them talk eloquently -- but if elected, they either deviate away from their campaign platform or ignore it altogether. So, while this new bill is barely in its infancy, I can honestly say, well done President Obama!

Of course, this landmark bill is not without its many detractors. Hey, it wouldn't be politics if Republicans and Democrats didn't hate everything the other side did. And no, I don't claim to know all the in's and out's of this new bill, so I'm sure there are some valid points against it. But what I'm hearing about most in opposition is a rise in taxes, higher costs for those who already have insurance, and more and more money-related hoopla.

While no one wants to spend more money, it seems to me like a small price to pay overall to ensure that the majority of this country's citizens get the coverage they so desparately need.

News flash: no matter what happens with taxes or premiums or whatever, nothing will change for those currently freaking out. People are still going to go see Avatar five times at $15 a ticket (because of course, you'd be dumb not to pay the extra $5 for the 3D experience); they are still going to buy their fancy cars and state-of-the-art electronic gadgets; they are still going to deck up their homes; they are still going to try to hoard every last penny they can; and most of all, they are still going to bitch incessantly about how little they have. In some way, shape, or form, I am certainly guilty of all these things. However, I am much less concerned about the cozy comfort of these people (myself included) than I am about the people I see hobbling around my surrounding neighborhood on one good leg because the other leg healed incorrectly after an injury that they couldn't afford to have treated; people whose teeth are falling out because they aren't able to simply get them cleaned; people who are dying from very treatable medical conditions because they have no insurance and cannot pay out of pocket for medication.

And some of us are complaining about having to fork over a few extra bucks? How the hell dare we?!

So is this the end of the world as we know it? It very well could be, but I can guarantee that it would have nothing to do with the passage of this new health care bill.

2 comments:

  1. Alan, thank you for writing this. Amen! This is one example of why I love and respect you, my dear husband.

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  2. Dude, I have to admit I don't read your blog often, but I am glad I checked it out today. Thanks for your thoughts friend!

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