This is pretty much the only time I’m going to say any of this. I have said before that I don’t discuss politics, and nothing has changed. This is a very heated issue, and I do not want to have any kind of political argument on my blog. However, I have a few things to say, so here goes.
This morning I was greeted with the following status from a friend on Facebook: “No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day.”
By the end of the day, several of my friends (including a few of you, my readers) had this posted. There is nothing wrong with posting that, but I want to explain why I, personally, did not post it.
That is the most asinine statement. “If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day.” So if I don’t post this, I disagree? And by not posting this I’m saying that it does not matter to me that people can die because of lack of health care or that they could go broke because they get sick? Of course I agree with the basic premise of this statement! Who wouldn’t?? NO ONE should die. NO ONE should go broke. But guess what? Posting this statement (that I honestly believe every single person in the country actually does agree with) doesn’t solve a single thing. It is a broad, generalized statement that tells us nothing.
On both sides of the health care issue here in the States you will find that most people just want good, affordable health care for their family. It’s how to go about it that is the real issue. Universal health care? Government run health care? Keep it all privatized? What to do? What to do??
In my own opinion, I do believe that every person living in this country (and we’re not even going to touch immigration issues, but I will say both legal and illegal residents) deserves health care. I just don’t know how to go about it. I don’t understand a word of the plans our politicians are putting out there for us. It’s just a bunch of big words that talk circles around the average American. The average American would just like to know that we can have health insurance and that we can pay for it. The average American would like to know that we can still go see our favorite doctor, have a baby, visit the ER because of a broken bone, or if something horrible were to happen, whether it is cancer or an accident or whatever, that we will be covered and can get the care we need without having to go bankrupt to pay for it.
I honestly believe we have some of the greatest health care available to us here in the United States. I mean actual care. We have wonderful doctors and facilities and things available to us that a few generations ago (and currently in some other countries) people only dreamed about. The problem isn’t the care. It’s the system. People can not afford to get health insurance.
In my family (the Chocolate Phoenix family), we cannot afford health care, but we cannot NOT afford to have some kind of insurance. I get strep throat several times a year. It just happens that way. I have three children. Kids get sick. We pay a ghastly amount of money for a really crappy health plan, but without it we’d be worse off.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is this. I recognize that there is a huge problem with our health care system. I do not believe any one of us would want to see a person denied health care. I know there is something that can be done, but until someone comes up with a plan that I can actually understand, I’m not jumping on any bandwagons.