I like to keep my blog as non-political as I can but this is something that really bothers me. I also want to say that I am apolitical. That is, I really do not like U.S. politics as proffered by either major political party today. I think they are grossly out of touch with the average American and that both parties play on the fears of the average American. I am prefacing this that way because this posting will have a more liberal bent to it but I want it to be clear, I do not trust the Democrats any more than I do the Republicans.
The South Carolina Republican primary is today. I have seen on news reports a lot of Republicans are pushing for the repeal of the latest health care reform, or as they euphemistically call it, Obamacare. So here is what I do not get. Why? This bill has cost the average American absolutely nothing. Taxes did not go up because of it. No one who already has health care was required to change a thing. The only thing it has done so far is open up health insurance to many who did not have it. I realize that in another year it is going to require it of all Americans but why is that a bad thing?
We have had mandatory health care here in Massachusetts for a number of years now. I have always had health insurance so it did not affect me in any way. Massachusetts set up what is called Mass Health. It is a system where those who were uncovered can go and buy health insurance at an affordable rate. The effect, of course, is that people who were formally wont to visit a doctor or get proper medication, can do so now without fear of financial distress. Doctors and hospitals like it better because now they do not have to write off nearly so many unpaid bills, many of those formerly for people living in poverty.
Why then, would any sane person want to block any American access to health insurance? This is not a socialist move, as many have stated. It is a move to help upwards to a third of our uninsured public get better health care. Even worse, the Republican party has offered absolutely no alternative. Had they said, for example, they favored a free clinic program, whereby the government invested in setting up and funding such clinics around the U.S., that would be an alternate. But they have simply said no, we do not want all Americans to have equal access to what is billed as the world’s best health care system already. And just to put a little perspective on that, the United States is currently ranked 36th by the World Health Organization in its health care. We are behind a bunch of 3rd world countries. What does that say about us? The richest nation in the world, number 1, is only 36th in a very important statistic? That is both unconscionable and unacceptable.
During the FDR administration it was recognized that too many Americans lacked certain basic needs, electricity and a retirement plan. Both were resolved and are in place today. Why then is a basic right to good health care a problem? It should not be. It is time for the Republican party to get off the dime, and if they do not care for Health Care Reform as it is, which they say they do not, then it is their responsibility to offer an alternative that creates the same result.