I’ve had so many people tell me things like, “I don’t want socialism,: I want capitalism in my Healthcare.” Or, “It’s a privilege not a right just like owning a car is a privilege. You have to insure it when you’re on the highway no one is forcing you to buy a car.”
My answer to the I don’t want socialism argument is this: “You want Medicare when you turn 65 don’t you?” That’s socialism.
Cities offer massive amounts of money to sports teams in the form of tax abatements and other incentives to stay in cities and towns. That’s government-sponsored Athletics. We’ve come to the era of socialist football. But you wouldn’t want your team to move away, would you? We have Cleveland Ohio have gone through that, and it’s pretty traumatizing. So I think everyone here who is a Browns fan will put up with socialized football.
Oil and gas companies are heavily subsidized by the government through outright grants and tax breaks. They make more profit than they receive in subsidy. If they were working through pure capitalism they would be breaking even and we would have enough tax revenue to deal with a lot of things. Big agribusiness same notation the government heavily subsidizes those companies directly. And before anybody bashes me about being against helping out small family farms, I wholeheartedly support that. Myself and the government would merely have to have an argument over what constitutes small.
From what I understand the people trying to repeal and replace the ACA are okay with sports subsidies, oil and gas subsidies, and large agribusiness subsidies. In other words, they’re fine with the government paying or allowing large amounts of money to stay in the pockets of these businesses.
If you’re fine paying for all that stuff, then whining about paying for the Medicaid expansion and the other parts of the ACA doesn’t hold water.
And I’ve even left out the massive military budget that the current Administration wants. See, I’m making it easier for you. Today I’m willing not to fight about that. that is not what this post is about
I think the argument of healthcare being a privilege and not a right is false. A case can be made that it is enumerated in the phrase life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as I’ve said before. You don’t have your best life if you don’t have Liberty to improve it and the pursuit of happiness is much more difficult when illnesses or impairments or chronic conditions are left untreated.
One should be able to see a doctor who knows you and knows your issues on a regular basis. Going to the ER when things get critical and doing nothing else does not cut it. Maternity and child care have to be available. Sorry boys, but birth control has to be a benefit as well. If you have religious objections, don’t use it. Then find out the exact cost of the birth control line in your insurance. Donate at least that much to an organization that takes care of infants. I really don’t see how else to ease your conscience. One should have access to and ability to pay for basic diagnostic tests, x-rays, lab work, cat scans MRI’s cancer treatment, cardiac care Mental Health, addiction,diabetes care and dialysis.
If you force a population to go without these things, people will die sooner than they need to. Yes everyone dies, but more people will die peacefully with their family around them, with time to Say goodbye, or in their sleep, or even after a traumatic event the family will know that they tried through intervention of good doctoring to save the life of their loved one.
We should not be a society where those without economic means can’t have that care. If this bill passes, doctors will suffer. They will be treating too many patients with too many preventable illnesses. if this bill passes hospitals will suffer. The reimbursement from programs like Medicaid and the rest of the ACA that helps to keep them afloat will in large part vanish. Smaller rural hospitals will disappear themselves thus leaving a lot of the people in those communities with an impossible transportation time frame and cost to get care. What happens when they have an emergency? Yes the ambulance might come but how long will it take for that ambulance to get that patient to the care they need? More of them will not make it.
Insurance companies, other gobblers of subsidy hate this bill. ACA subsidies have been keeping the private insurance market from getting any worse in terms of its practices. Keeping people from getting ill and treating them when they do should not be a money-making proposition. It is what it is, so we need to work within it for now.
If people with disabilities don’t get the support they need they will be locked away, they will die sooner and their loved ones will have to go through grief they should not have to go through.
If addicts are not treated the collateral damage they do to economic productivity, to family units, to parents and children is definite but incalculable.
This Healthcare bill addresses none of these things.
The politicians allowing ideological purity to obscure clear thinking about what this will do to the people that voted for them…. Don’t care. And it is tragic that they don’t. They are our public servants. And they are creating something that will destroy many of our lives and destroy us.
So in short your arguments are bull puckey.