I’ve made comments like this several times on my Facebook pages, but I need to put it here too…
Let me make this simple. Anybody who opposes universal heath care (not universal health insurance, which doesn’t solve anything) has no moral ground from which to argue. You (if you’re one of those people) quite simply don’t care whether people live or die. Especially if you’re a “pro-life” conservative, the logic of your own position dictates that you should support open access health care for all. If you’re so willing to go to the mat for fetuses, why not everybody else?
All the bullshit about “socializing” medicine is just that–bullshit. And those of you who throw that word around know it. “Government-run” does not equal “socialist.” If it did, that would mean the entire defense industry (of which you’re so proud) is “socialist” since all its money comes from taxpayers via government contract. If you’re really committed to privatization, you can start making that argument when you fully, unquestioningly support putting an end to corporate welfare. In the meantime, you’re a hypocrite if you try to have this both ways.
The line about “healthcare rationing” is a hoax too. Right now, people who have insurance, unless it’s really good insurance (and even then sometimes), have their care rationed. The difference is that it’s rationed by organizations (health insurance companies) that have a priority other than your health. Driven by profit margins first, it’s in their interests to make sure: (1) people stay sick so we need more health care for them to ration; and (2) people don’t get expensive treatments that cut into their profits. Neither of those is good for any of us, unless you happen to be an owner of an insurance company.
This isn’t complicated, folks. The ONLY people out there who have a serious interest in preventing universal healthcare are those who profit, at the expense of all the rest of us, on sickness. Anybody who buys into the Republican and Bluedog Democrat hype about how universal healthcare would harm us just isn’t paying attention. And before you (those who disagree with me) get your dander up, I know perfectly well that there are problems with government run systems elsewhere. I also know that there are worse problems with the private system now. Hands down, I’ll take a healthcare system that isn’t grounded in denial of coverage and the propagation of illness–that is, a system that’s designed to do exactly the opposite of what it says–over the current system any day.
And for the record, yes, this means I do NOT support the current legislation, even in its drafty forms, circulating in either house of Congress. They’re both filled with giveaways to the criminals who have gotten us into this mess in the first place.
Single-payer, universal healthcare, without any qualification, is the only way to go. It really is that simple.