My Health Care Rant
It is rather embarassing to live in the only country of the industrialized world, the richest nation in terms of gross national produce, without free health care.
One of the biggest obstacles in organizing some kind of government run health care system, let's be honest here, has always been the conservative right. Ironically many government run institutions like the military, NASA, and the IRS, despite their shortcomings, still manage to accomplish far reaching and complicated goals.
I can understand the fear of big government, and the annoyance with beurocracy, but not everything run by the government has to be evil and corrupt. Rather, it's the very same corrupt, inept, incompetent, insanely rich, reactionary old conservative farts in Congress who are too greedy to pay their lion's share of taxes.
The commercial health care system has been cleaning house, health premiums have gone sky high over the years and CEOs have gotten so filthy rich from the enterprise that they are able to lobby congress and buy senators.
And that is why this health care bill will fail. Some of the anti-health care guys don't know what Obama was trying to extend to us. Some don't even know what the difference is between Maoism/Socialism/Communism/Marxism. They actually think that all the terms are mutual and synonymous. What Obama wanted to give us was exactly what the right wing is always complaining about. They say that they love capitalism and a free market. Obama was gonna give them competition, a public alternative to the ridiculous, pathetic excuse that we have for health care now.
The Republican party decided to kill the bill before it even took off, no matter what they would vote NO as a matter of stubborn hard-headed die hard party alliances, even though Obama was reaching out his hand to them. They made all kinds of back alley deals with the Democrats, paid off Obama, and got him to change the bill, so that now it resembles nothing of the original bill. This may be a step in the right direction, but it's a stutter step and it will cost us dearly. Too little, too late. The democratic party is being too weak, Obama went way too soft.
The only good thing about this is that less people will be paying to live out of the pocket, but there will still be unhealthy Americans.
Eat healthy, excercise, and still die a few years before a Canadian or an Englishman or a Frenchman. Thank your state senators for that too.
...end of rant
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