I don’t have much patience for opinions based on ignorance, there’s no excuse to remain unknowledgeable about whatever subject you decide to spout off about, there is a plethora of information readily available at the click of a mouse. Just because you choose to limit your pool of resources to others holding a similar mindset, doesn’t make your opinion even remotely true, much less right.
Let’s take this beast of a health care bill, people are particularly worked up about death panels along with a half dozen other items that actually don’t exist in the bill. Opinion writers and politicians have chosen to interpret, and lie about, certain provisions to gain a political reaction from the sheeple, and, to be honest, I’m not at all dismayed that my fellow citizens have finally gotten off their fat asses to yell at Congress. If it takes a few well skewed sound bites to rouse their fury, so be it.
I just wish their anger was more intelligently directed. They’re busy screaming about non-issues, jabbing at strawmen and generally missing the whole fucking point. We are already a highly socialized, intensely regulated nation, and they can’t seem to grasp this fundamental fact. Screaming about death panels and euthanasia seems to get them juiced up, though.
I happen to think this entire bill is unnecessary. We have around 9 million people (citizens) who cannot afford to purchase private or participate in their companies insurance programs because they need every dollar they earn to buy the basic necessities of life; shelter and food come before an HMO plan on their tight budgets. These working poor also earn just a tad too much to qualify for our socialized medical programs.
Here’s an idea: Let’s just expand our already existing programs to include these needy people and call it a day. Most Americans have fully bought into the idea that the unemployed, low earners, their offspring and the elderly should be subsidized by functional adults who manage to earn a decent living. We think it’s right and just to redistribute one person’s income to house, feed, clothe, educate and doctor another who doesn’t earn enough, or any, income, for whatever reason. Providing medical coverage for 9 million more souls under a program that is expected to be fully bankrupt in a few years is a hell of a lot cheaper and less disruptive than this bureaucratic quagmire of a bill currently on the table.
Here’s another idea to consider: Why don’t we demand that Congress fix our current systems of socialized healthcare before allowing them to embark on another train wreck of well intended, Utopian policy making? They seem to have plenty of mismanagement, fraud, red tape and funding issues on their overloaded plates of Medicare, Medicaid and S-Chip they might remedy. The VA could use some attention, too. How about we ask them to start cleaning house at the bottom of the mess they already control? Their management has been less than impressive up to this point, so why would any rational adult trust them with an expanded realm of operation in this arena?
Here’s the best idea of all: Let’s grandfather all of our socialized medical programs (shoot, just for fun, let’s kick in Social Security and the vast medley of welfare programs, too) and let them slowly die out of existence. Anyone born from 2010 onward would be entirely dependent on relatives, their own abilities or private charity to provide for themselves for all of their natural lives.
They wouldn’t be required to pay taxes into the current systems that support others. They would not be forced by the government to provide the basics of life to another living soul and they would not be allowed to participate in any of these government programs. Of course, some would starve to death or die from lack of medical treatment. Many might suffer from a lack of decent shelter or end up looking to charity because they made irresponsible choices in life, like remaining uneducated and skill-less, having children they couldn’t afford, drugging themselves senseless or dropping their life savings at a crap table in Vegas. So be it, let Darwinism reign.
Who knows, a few generations that have been raised in a country that respects their autonomy to fail or succeed might actually insist that the federal government be held to account. A task we’ve surely failed to accomplish.
On those evil death panels? Those mandatory visits that will now be paid for by medicaid/medicare, if you are enrolled in one of those programs, to see a counselor every five years to update your end of life choices while you are still mentally and physically able to make decisions? I don’t have a problem with that provision. People should know what their end of life medical choices are, decide what they want and ensure that those wishes are codified. They should plan for their death, not leave it at the discretion of family, doctors or the courts.
I really don’t know what the uproar is all about, if you buy into the basic premise that wide swaths of the population are unable, unwilling or too irresponsible to provide for their own medical care (and most Americans do buy that premise), why would you be appalled that the government is going to require this same group of irresponsible people to act responsibly about this one detail?
In for a penny, in for a pound, folks.