Finally! A piece that honestly looks at what the legislation does and doesn’t do!
I am NOT the guy who says, “Hey, we have a great healthcare system as it is.” I don’t. I am someone who fits right in that gap of 24 million people who STILL won’t have “affordable” health insurance even if this legislation is enacted.
I AM one of those folks who has several things not in my favor:
1. I am not wealthy, so I can’t buy off a politician.
2. I am not “poor,” which would help me get some sort of tax credit to pay for really bad coverage.
3. I do not work for a large corporation that is able to take advantage of decent pricing to provide health insurance.
4. I am part of a denomination that is “Creationist” in its Genesis 1 theology, but Darwinian in its policies to help each other. (In other words, they take a “live and let live” approach to caring for their ministers.)
But what has been hidden from Americans through this mess is that this act doesn’t solve any issues, really. We can say, “Well, it helps more than before.” What a nice feeling! We can all feel good and go home now. But, if it helps the numbers go from 30 million uninsured to 24 million uninsured, guess what? There are still 24 million uninsured.
If you can’t tell, I’m a bit passionate about this subject.
Yet, I’m not in the camp of either liberals or conservatives. I’m in the camp that says, “The whole system needs a fresh overhaul,” and no one wants to be in that camp. If you’re in that camp you realize that everyone has to give up something and in our country, no one wants to give up anything.
We are a long way from a solution on this matter. We are a long way from true solutions on a lot of matters because no one, and YES, I mean no one, is willing to think long term anymore. We are selfish, short-term thinkers and feelers. Mostly feelers. Not many thinkers.
You would think it would warrant a call to your congressman, but unless you’ve forked over some serious money for their re-election campaign, they aren’t listening, either.
My name is Mr. Smith and I’m running for president.