Health care reform: It’s time.
Posted by keithosaunders on March 20, 2010
After months of political wrangling and machinations the Health Care Reform Bill will be voted on in the House tomorrow, March 21st. People, it’s time. I understand that this is a flawed bill and that an absence of a public option is huge blow. The bottom line is that 32 million more Americans will be insured (1 million more than originally thought) and 138 billion dollars will be pared from the federal deficit in the next ten years.
There is no moral reason to oppose health care reform. The Republicans have yet to offer a valid plan, save for their feeble talking points — being able to buy insurance across state lines, and tort reform. The last administration had eight years to deal with this and did not lift a finger, tort reform and all.
A year ago, when health care reform was first presented, I figured that this was an issue in which Obama’s bi-partisan efforts would be a plus. Why wouldn’t the Republicans want to do what is humane and necessary? How naive I was.
I have reached the conclusion that there exists a Darwinian sense of entitlement among people of wealth and means. Their rational is that they have worked hard for what they have achieved and they are deserving of privilege by means of their talent and drive. The tacit implication is that it is the uninsured person’s own fault for not having had the perseverance and the ability to succeed in a competitive world.
Of course these is a racist component to this. What is the term “big government” but a euphemism for a welfare state. It is hardly subtle. The Republicans have spent the better part of 40 years deriding the gains accomplished through Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement, as well as LBJ’s Great Society programs. All of this is a way for the rich, or middle class white person to feel good about where he is in society, and to alleviate the guilt that comes with knowing there are people being denied access to health care and a better life.