There are few thinking people that won’t cop to the fact that the health care system in this country has some big problems. Costs keep going up. Many are uninsured and our outcomes keep getting worse.
I know we Americans love to think of ourselves as number one. And in many areas, we are. The cold hard truth is that in health care we can’t make that claim. Yes, we’ve got some of the best doctors in the world, but despite that we still come up short in many categories.
By now, we’ve all heard the panic about the government taking over health care. On top of that, we’ve been told/brainwashed for the last three decades by conservatives that government can never EVER work. This, despite the fact that conservatives have often been in power at the head of our government during the last three decades. Talk about a hypocritcal message!
When Barack Obama started pressing for health care reform, it looked like it might come about easier than expected. That, of course, was never to be the case. Conservatives are back to their usual scare tactics and Americans seemingly spent the summer falling for them.
Only, it turns out that, they’re wrong. Not only are they off the mark, but it’s a conservative president’s actions that prove conservative dogma wrong-headed. Government intervention can work and is sometimes in fact needed.
When George W. Bush started bailing out banks left and right this past fall, he had many critics. Bush was going against the conservative ideals he’s preached and actually used the government in a very activist way to try and save our financial system. (Snarky aside – after all, for conservatives the health of our banks is way more important than our population’s health)
Many questioned whether the US tax payer would ever see the money handed over to banks again.
Yesterday, came news that to date the bank bailouts have netted about 4 BILLION DOLLARS profit so far. Something like eight truly big banks have totally repaid their bailouts and another 14 or so smaller banks have too, which adds another 35 MILLION DOLLARS in profits for you and me to the previously mentioned 4 BILLION DOLLARS. Not a bad return for Joe & Jane Taxpayer and all while suring up our financial system.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a link to a newspaper article with all the details:
Here’s the point.,. Don’t believe that government intervention is never warranted or can never work. After all, the government won World War II, put a man on the Moon, has kept social security a float for years, and on and on.
Yes, the government also has the ability to squander ga-gillions. 87 Dollar hammer anyone?? And please! Keep Senator Byrd away from any chance to name yet another building in West Virginia after himself…
But, Summer is ending. It’s take to wake up and really think through the issues related to health care. I’m not sure what all the solutions are. I do think there may be places where the private sector can do it better than the government.
But, there’s no debating that MILLIONS of people are uninsured. And those of us who are lucky enough to have insurance are more worried about losing that than even losing our jobs.
We can no longer fall easy prey to scare tactics. Americans can do anything, including reform health care.
This is the moment. For all our common good, don’t be fooled by the very same people who opposed social security. Can you imagine America without social security today?
If we think this through together, if we don’t fall victim to scare tactics, someday our children will feel the same way about universal health care.