There is no way to go about this clearly subjective statement without being brutally blunt; if you are against healthcare reform than you are either wealthy, lazy or ignorant- or a combination of all. Let’s start with the first misnomer which just floors me when the continued rhetoric flys around about the government wanting to take away or change people’s Medicare- OMG.. let me say that again OMG! It’s like watching those Jay Leno interviews when he asks someone what kind of tree George Washington allegedly chopped down and the person says- “apple” or “who’s George Washington?” It’s really scary. Medicare is government run health care and if you or someone you know is afraid the government is going to substitute your government run healthcare with one of their own… Argh.. I can’t even speak to you. Wake up.. hello.. are you there??
OK- the second accusation that a public looking or acting healthcare system is going to cause you to have bad doctors and long waits is so childish I am hesitant to say I am an American. This is the lazy and ignorant part. Society has gotten so used to heating their coffee up in a microwave and buying everything online that they have forgotten what a little effort can achieve. My mother, by virtue of being left alone with six kids, in Silicon Valley circa the sixties, had to rely on Medicare and Medi-Cal for our healthcare. She couldn’t just go to any doctor (and neither can you depending on your HMO or PPO plan..) but mom became very proficient at working her way to the best doctor she could find who took Medicare and Medi-Cal. I went through the same thing when after hearing the same horror stories about Kasier, a very large and successful HMO- that are being thrown around today about healthcare reform- I was hesitant to sign up for Kasier in California. But glad I did. I had to sometimes navigate through the long waits and doctor changes but it just took a little work and patient effort and I had the best and most affordable healthcare available anywhere in the United States. In 2004, at age 42, I had to have a hysterectomy. It cost me twenty dollars. That’s it. The doctors and the nurses were phenomenal. Many have compared Kaiser to a public option and I would happily sign up for it if I received the same care as Kasier. Unfortunately, the monthly premiums have gone up like every other insurance and now I am in Washington State, there is no Kaiser insurance here- but my point is- just because a health plan may cause you some effort to find the right doctor or to understand the intricacies does not mean it is bad. Don’t be so lazy.
My third issue here is the ignorance of people who don’t get that healthcare CEO’s are making so much money and people are losing their healthcare or going bankrupt trying to pay for it and still so many have the audacity, the stupidity ( sorry, I said I would be blunt) to say that a change to America’s healthcare is going to be bad. With all the information we have available to us the unbelievable reality that so many are just jumping on the fear bandwagon is a sad, sad testament to the declining character of our nation.
And finally, the evil that seeps into our veins and causes one to tell our President that he should die; that defiles his heritage, his character, his record on faith and humanity and purports to do this in the name of God- you should be ashamed. I would never assume to know what God thinks or feels no matter what “man” may have interpreted into some book but I can tell you what love is and this hatred is not love. Like the old commercial from the seventies where Russell Means, dressed in full Indian regalia, sitting on his horse, cries as he watches people litter the freeways- I believe God is crying as he watches this country defile his name and judge others with ignorance and hate while our neighbors are dying by the thousands because they do not have health insurance to pay for the medical needs. This country should be ashamed. I am.