Healthcare reform… apparently not a no-brainer?

14 Sep

I find myself speechless and confused when I see so much reluctance and outright rejection of Obama’s health care reform proposition. I’ve read the eight points and, save for my hesitation on the ASD funding (perhaps in part to my own ignorance on the subject), I cannot see how it can lead to such national contention. The first question on anyone’s mind would be “how do we fund this?” A raging liberal inside me wants to respond, “if we can fund a disaster like the Iraqi war, we can fund universal healthcare” (“If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people”). But I know we need to dig deeper and come up with a reasonable and practical answer to the question – and MULTIPLE scenarios have been drawn up, from the administration to think tanks. I don’t need to list them here. They are sound and they are plausible, and with a mighty combination of reasoning and balls, they can be put into action.

My catalyst for this post isn’t the logistics of the reform; it’s the reaction I see creeping out of every corner; people are screaming bloody murder as if health care reform were synonymous with imminent socialism (and if it were, what of it?). The “tough issues” this country faces are “tough” only because no one wants to touch them. They’ve snowballed for decades and have essentially become political tools to shift public opinion from republican to democrat, as they will. And the public buys into it with such fervor, it’s reminiscent of every sci-fi short story depicting life under the watchful eyes of Big Brother. I’m pretty sure we’re exercising double-think, as we speak. We know it’s IMPORTANT to have health care accessible to all, but let’s not RUSH into it. And you push that ball down the hill for a few more months until something else happens and takes the shift away from this issue. Let another administration deal with it. Fact is, we have the funds, we have the brains, we have the manpower. We’re just missing some desire and balls. And I actually think Barack Obama not only has both, but he also has the wherewithal to convince everyone else to do it too (charisma, charm, whatever Bill and Hilary lacked in ’94). I digress here… it’s a constant state of anxiety and excitement and very little action. And now that Obama is trying to exercise ACTION, we see the craft of politics coming out; the fucking political jargon that webs the people who are too lazy to read and obtain facts for themselves. They chew it all up and spit it out for you with the proper phrasing and punctuation. It’s nothing short of a sales tactic (damn it, I should know. Thanks, Viacord!). And while this battle goes on, people suffer. Real people… suffer. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t perfect. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t 100% foolproof. Nothing is, and that argument is crap. What matters is something must be done and it must be done now. And this is best *start* of a reform we’ve seen in a really long time. Everyone chanted “Change” when he was running, and now that he’s trying to actually instill it, everyone’s getting cold feet. It’s really easy to be complacent and complain. It’s not so easy to take a real leap of faith (within reason) and act. We can’t let ourselves be brain washed by the angles the media chooses to discuss this incredibly important issue or the stupid Facebook polls (Like, do you want healthcare for everyone like, with the big government telling you what to do and stuff, or not??”). Believe it or not, that’s how public opinion is formed. Hammer that message into people’s brain long enough and they start spitting it right back out as if it were God’s truth (which in and of itself is… let it go, Juliana..). This is a really important time in our history, and yes, we need to set deadlines and yes, we need to demand action. This is it, we can change our history. We can be the generation that finally made health care a RIGHT, and not a priviledge. I was raised in another country just long enough to never be able to never fully consider myself an “American,” culturally speaking, but I can very well understand and share in the pride people have in the foundation of this country and its history. But instead of just crying it out, it’s important to exercise it too.


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