Something I don’t do
I did something tonight that I usually don’t do — I emailed both my state senators and my U.S. congressman. About health care … President Obama’s health care plan.
Here’s the thing. I’ve been reading, with increasing dismay, the articles about how the right has been mobilizing its legions of ignorant masses to appear at Democratic town hall meetings, etc., and shout and loudly re-spew all the fabrications and outright lies which they have been fed by the likes of his Royal Assness Rush Limbaugh and his corporate-shill pals.
Normally, I don’t much care what these unfortunate fools do with their spare time, as long as they aren’t hanging around near me. However, this latest article about their antics had me concerned that they might, eventually, be successful in convincing us that “Americans” don’t want health care reform. It is this which prompted me to actually write notes to my senators and congressman, two of whom are Republicans, so I probably needn’t have even bothered with them. I wrote anyway.
I told them I support national health care reform and President Obama’s health care plan.
This statement, technically speaking, is not entirely true. I want actual nationalized health care, not this plan which funnels our money through the insurance corporations’ greedy maws. However, I’m not ever, ever, ever going to get what I actually want. I think that’s been sufficiently proven by now. Therefore, I am finally willing to settle. I’ll take Obama’s plan. It’s far better than nothing.
And nothing is what we’ll continue getting if we let these rabble-rousers on the right have their way yet again. They will say, “Yeah, we need reform, but not this reform — let us think about it some more and we’ll get back to you.” Which is basically the same thing I’ve been hearing the majority of my adult life. And they just keep talking and talking and promising and promising, and nothing ever happens, nothing ever changes. Which is, of course, their actual plan for health care.
I’m sick and tired of it. I’m now willing to take what is far less than perfect, rather than be left with nothing.
Many years ago, I knew some folks at a company whose owner had decided to give the company to the employees rather than sell it. The infighting began almost immediately, with the whole fracas escalating in record time to claims and counterclaims of favoritism, falseness, etc., between the employees over how much a percentage everyone would get. It was ugly and finally, got so ugly, the owner rescinded her offer and eventually sold the company. Because of their greed over who got what, all the employees got nothing.
This health care debate is basically the same scenario. Fighting, finger pointing, yelling over who will get what, how this side won’t get enough, and this side will get too much, and these people over here shouldn’t get anything. If we let these arguments take over, we will indeed, like the employees mentioned above, get nothing.
I currently have health insurance. It’s decent enough, though I have no illusions that it would see me through a really major illness. Still, I have it. This hasn’t always been true. Most of my adult life, I couldn’t afford insurance. So I gambled. Like some 50 million Americans are currently doing, many of whom are dying or living half-lives because they lost the bet.
I’m fed up with a lifetime of nothing, and I’d hate to see us get exactly that because a small group of numbnuts think they can influence an entire nation. It’s time for us to get something, even something that’s far from what I wanted. That’s Pres. Obama’s plan. I’ll take it. Please.
On a side note — If I read of one more senior citizen screeching about how “we” can’t afford to pay for this plan, the same senior citizen who is currently covered by Medicare, I think the overload of their sheer, oblivious hypocrisy may cause me to have a cerebral meltdown. And I bet my insurance doesn’t cover that. Death panel, indeed.