John responded to my last post with this:
Serious question: If you waited 2.5 months last time, how long would you wait if another 40 million people had the same tier of access to health care as you? And think about supply and demand when you consider your answer. If another 40 million people have access to the current supply of doctors and hospitalsâ€“what does that do to prices?
Which perfectly sums up way too much of Republican thought: Only so many of us can receive health insuranceâ€”so don’t invite any more people in. It’s the wealthy class on the Titanic saving the life boat seats for themselves, for fear of capsizing what’s theirs. Man, do I loathe/resent such a thought pattern. Heaven forbid all Americansâ€”not merely the ones who can afford itâ€”have some sort of reliable coverage. Heaven forbid …
Look, this is v-e-r-y imperfect. No question about it. But universal affordable health coverage is a necessity, and it must start somewhereâ€”no matter how imperfectly that beginning is. Go back through history: The New Deal programs were a huge mess. Desegregationâ€”especially in the deepest of the southâ€”was horribly unorganized and seemingly hapless. Over and over, big-reach ideas were routinely pooh-poohed because of imperfect programs with sub-stellar kick-offs. But, again, this must start somewhere. It must.
*** Final thought: Someone wrote, “So, is your rampant support for Health Care reform about whatâ€™s best for the 46 million uninsured Americans, or is it about whatâ€™s best for the 4 Americans that live in your house?” Answer: B. I’m fortunate enough to be able to afford my coverageâ€”though not easily. But what about allllllllllll the people in this country doing without? That’s exactly what this is about. Exactly.