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The Value of Healthcare Reform
QMore care will result in more tests and more diagnoses. That will add cost. This was the same flawed assumption of the HMO system. Please look at the Cash for Clunk-
ers Program if you need a recent reminder of government inefficiency. ONE-TRILLION-
DOLLAR DEBT = the country is broke. This program will turn us into one of the so many
insolvent countries of the world and make us irrelevant as a world power.
This has nothing to do with cost—but it has everything to do with values. Over history,
taking care of people has proven to be an excellent return on investment. There’s nothing in
the Constitution about public schools, but I can’t
imagine a better return on investment—except
where they’re allowed to fail. There’s a pattern
to that failure: I find it very telling that it suddenly becomes not OK to follow up eight years
of record-breaking spending when the people
who would benefit from resolving the healthcare
crisis are disproportionately Black and Latino.
A close look at American history shows us
that our greatest problems are linked to conflict
with our true values; our founders struggled
to integrate slavery into a Constitution that
presented rights as unalienable and belonging
to people, and that lack of resonance resulted
in a civil war that killed more than 3 million
In my opinion, it is reprehensible and immoral to have healthcare and to protest other
Americans’ ability to get healthcare for themselves and their families. Further, echoing
the opinions of jingoistic but non-veteran
child-men such as Limbaugh and Beck—people
whose credentials and accomplishments (
outside of rabble rousing) wouldn’t fill a thimble—
is an abuse of our First Amendment. The First
Amendment enables you to have meaningful
intellectual discipline. Read up on the subject,
think for yourself and present some well-thought-out solutions.
The failure of our current healthcare system
is accelerating: Annual double-digit premium
growth has resulted in a decline of employer-provided healthcare—soon to be less than 50
percent. Further, a story not being told is about
the millions of Americans whose work status
has been degraded—full-time workers with
healthcare benefits being turned into part-timers with none.
That means that your little island of comfort—where YOU have healthcare but can put
your foot on the head of anyone trying to get
some—is shrinking. You’re not safe by denying
others healthcare, a right in the modern world.
You endanger yourself and our nation.
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