(continued from Part 1)
You see, most of us don’t like handouts, despite how little we might make—whether it’s out of pride or simply because so many others have disdain for it, I can remember as far back as elementary school denying my assisted lunch allowance from the school because kids made fun of kids with the different-colored card. You didn’t even know why, back then, only that you didn’t want to be made fun of. So all of this blaming the poor (or those who can afford healthcare but don’t buy it, I might add; I don’t know many people like that but I do think it’s their right) is pretty ridiculous, especially when it’s the American drug companies and medical industry itself—not even hailed as an industry in other developed countries but as a right, a service!—who is to blame for costs. Don’t even go there, President Obama.
I love that you’re trying to get to universal coverage, but is this really the time to force more penalties on Americans? SCOTUS just upheld your penalty tax without upholding the extension of Medicaid to more families, so you’re going to have plenty of families who simply cannot buy insurance! We struggle to insure our car by law (a law, of course, that varies by state), let alone ourselves. There are far better ways. Hell, in college my debate team and I worked on a case where we presented universal healthcare to the country with a simple tax on fast food and alcohol, using the text of As Sick As It Gets as our basis for the costs. The whole plan paid for itself and then some within a few years.
What about what other countries are doing? Do we have too much pride to consider asking, say, Sweden or Norway or even the UK for a bit of advice on this problem? Iceland was just facing the same economic failure we were and then BOOM—after the population demanded relief, it was given, and people were bailed out of their housing crises, helping to stabilize and in fact normalize the economy again. Instead of bailing out corporations, the country focused on its people and got real results. Way to go, Iceland—up, POTUS, a little help here?
Is it really too much to ask these politicians to do what we are paying them for in the first place and fix these problems? Because frankly I am sick of all of the campaigning, the fundraising, and all of this money flying around that’s going nowhere near the Americans who need it most.