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It Ain’t Perfect, But It’s a Step in the Right Direction…

Let me say this first.  I’m not passionate about much, but what I do care about, I care a lot.  I’m usually of the opinion that I keep my personal beliefs and business to myself and smile and nod when people have opinions other than those I hold.  I just see no need for unnecessary confrontation when it comes to folks who opinions differ from mine.  This is especially true when it comes to politics.

Now I don’t know everything there is to know about politics, I don’t claim as such.  To be honest, I really don’t care about much of it but I vote every year, regardless of what I’m voting for.  I try to educate myself the best I can and make my voice heard because it’s important and it’s a privilege and blah blah blah.  But when I see people call this new health care plan “A sad day for Americans” I have to say something.

How can a health care program that will extend the lives of American citizens be considered a sad day for Americans?  Did I miss something?  Did someone tack on a rider to the bill in support of the perverted arts?

Yes, the program in its current state is flawed (read all Americans MUST have insurance or be fined) but it’s a step in the right direction if you ask me.  Like Insurance company regulations for example.  Lets say someone you love gets cancer and has to go through radiation and chemotherapy.  This, as you well know, really makes you sick.  It’s basically poisoning your body to kill cancerous cells and as expected, murdering your body’s cells makes you violently ill.  There is this pill you have the option to take that’s expressly made with the intention of curbing the nausea associated with cancer therapy.  Problem is, the insurance company/ pharmaceutical companies in their infinite wisdom, are charging over $100 for this particular prescription WITH insurance.  You could go to Tijuana and get it for something like $10.  With the new regulations that come with this health plan, insurance companies and the like will be regulated and medications like this one will be readily available to everyone who needs them, without breaking your bank.

Will this plan cost taxpayers money… you bet your ass.  Will the new plan benefit the lazy folks out there who take advantage of the system, sure.  But will it also help out the single mother of three who, through no fault of her own, has to work at Wal-Mart to support her family but who’s company doesn’t give employees health care?  Yeah man!  It will.

I realize our country was founded by a bunch of slave owners who didn’t want to pay their taxes.  I realize that capitalism is the heart and soul of this American dream.  But when it comes to improving the lives of our fellow Americans, I can handle a little Socialized medicine.  In my humble opinion, a sad for Americans would be the day where I can’t get my kid health insurance because he’s got a pre-existing condition.

I dream of an America where our teachers and military are paid as much as our doctors.  I dream of an America where the power of the Yankee dollar is second only to the power of the collective good of the American people.  I dream of an America where politicians aren’t swayed by big business lining their pockets with cash.  I’m probably going to catch shit for this… definitely from most of my family, but our liberties aren’t in jeopardy here people… our money is.  And when it comes to money, we as a species can never have enough of it and this makes me sad.  Here’s an article about the new plan.  Read it if you want and let the ritualistic removal of my name from your various Christmas Card lists begin.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/12/opinion/12krugman.html

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