I have not made a post for several days as I was traveling around the country a bit talking to people about the current health care debate. Ran into more than a few people who are on the Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Lyndon LaRoche bandwagons. I listened to the well developed themes on both sides of the issue. I will say, unlike either side, that I found the people themselves as very concerned and while a few might fit into the retard category on the right and the the fanatic on the left, for the most part all sides are reasonable, well educated Americans who love their country.
For those who wish to inject images and vitrole such as invoking Nazi symbolism or racists incitements, I say we simply just ignore these idiots. However, those politicians who should know better and are using these fools to their political advantage, we should send a simple message. You have a responsibility to the protection and safety of this great nation and you are flagrantly violating that oath. Enjoy your last term in office. We must, as a nation, hold above all things that we are ALL Americans and we should conduct ourselves in a manner that once again elevates our image in the world as the best and freest place to live.
As to where I stand on health care? Well for me it is very simple. I am for universal health care for these reasons:
1). We are the ONLY developed nation without it. I have lived in England, France, Kuwait, and Malaysia, all with universal care. Do they have their issues and problems, yes. However, everyone understands the need, no the right, to have access the health care.
2). I cannot, as an intelligent (some might debate that) human being ever tolerate a reality that allows my fellow citizens to suffer and die because of a lack of access to health care. How could any other intelligent compassionate human being think otherwise? This is a potential reality for 50 Million people in this country and those roles are expanding at the rate of 17,000 EACH DAY! The question should not be that how can we afford it. It should be how do we correct this problem! How can we label ourselves civilized until we do solve this problem. BTW, 50% of this group is age 55-65 and 25% is under the age of 12. Really think about that for a moment.
3). No one should have to make a decision between bankruptcy and health care. So many of our best citizens who have contributed the most to the well being of the country are the very people who are faced with this reality.
OK, that’s my position. How, you ask, are we going to accomplish this goal without breaking the bank? First, if you haven’t noticed, the bank is already smashed to smitherines, so this is the BEST time to do it. Secondly, we do have the best health care system in the world, but it is being dismantled by greed that we all know intuitively exists. WE ALL KNOW THIS. So let’s address it.
The three major health care industries (insurance, medical products and devices, and the pharmaceuticals) need to be regulated. The three major ways to accomplish this is simple. First, eliminate the concepts of pre-existing conditions, policy $ caps, and policy cancellations. Period, verboten. Secondly, cap price increases to COLA (cost of living) same as social security. Lastly, institute meaningful tort laws and eliminate all of this defensive medicine that is being practiced in this country. If we really did those things, we would reduce our overall costs by at least 40%.
The best systems in the world operate as both public and private health care delivery (France, Sweden, Netherlands, for example). We do not need to have to choose between public or private. We do, however, have a moral imperative to insure access to universal care. we could also make great strides forward by simple acts, such as extending Medicare to 62, limiting total out of pocket expenses and adding those who have met that obligation to Medicare. How hard is that?
To those on both sides of the issues, stop using politics and examine honestly the issues. This is NOT a political issue, it is an issue of humanity and we all should approach this issue in that manner. Think about this. I am absolutely certain that any man or woman out there would be close to suicidal if they had to watch their wives, husbands, children or parents die because they could not provide health care. Not a single one! Time to get real.
Anyway, here is Uncle Willie’s thoughts for the day: