>As I’ve had to sit back and watch snippets of these so-called health care town hall meetings and listen to the pundits debate them and Obama’s health care reform bill, I can’t help but to wonder what has taken over our American public to be filled with so much hate and resentment towards reform.
My mind has been blown away by the rumors and outright lies being printed and said by these so-called opponents who are “concerned” that Obama and this reform bill will somehow turn our country into a pre-1991, eastern European country torn apart by a socialist economy and an authoritarian form of government.
These concerned opponents are even taking a page from the religious extremists in the Middle East and hanging politicians in effigy. Not to mention Sarah Palin’s claims the reform will implement “death panels” that will ration off care and, thus, decide who will live and die. Has she even backtracked and admitted she was wrong? Of course not; she’s Sarah Palin, middle America’s sweetheart!
I just have one question for these anti-reform individuals who have annointed themselves as the protectors of our status quo government and defenders of secretive, socialist (read: liberal) activists at work: why am I not entitled to reform?
Why am I and countless other Americans not entitled to decent reform that will halt the games insurance companies play with mine and other lives in this country? Mind you, this “attack” on government-run health care seems to be overshadowed by the fact that numerous other government-run programs have not only provided security for this country’s most needy, but have improved the quality of life of our citizens.
Medicare has been a life saver for the country’s senior citizens. What about another government-run safety net: social security? With over 80 years in existence, this program is synonymous with what American government is all about. What about that old program conservatives love to hate: education? The free and reduced lunch program? Hell, even the school lunch and breakfast program? Veterans’ Affairs? Medicaid? Direct student loans? I could go on and on…
The notion that this reform will turn us into one of Europe’s former industrial powers (Germany?) that’s apparently bombarded with countless of waiting list filled with people desperate to get the most basic procedures has been something conservatives and anti-reform activists have been great at manufacturing. This anti-European theme and anything that comes from its borders continues to penetrate American politics and our government (for those who need a recent history lesson, this theme originated during our previous president’s campaign to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein. This campaign also attempted to stamp out anything that was deemed intellectual, of French origin and anything else that did not coincide with the latent xenophobia that politicians spewed over the airwaves and in print).
I’m sure many, if not all, Europeans (and Canadians, too!) have some contempt at the way we condescending Americans are looking down our noses at their so-called broken health care system. However, in our minds, we are America and what we do and know is right and moral and if you don’t like it, then don’t come here!
But, back to my original question: why am I not entitled? Why are ordinary Americans not entitled to the same health care these same public officials receive and are rallying against? Why are these same people criticizing their own taxpayer-funded health care? Why are my tax dollars good enough to fund your health insurance, but not good enough to fund the health insurance of my mother, father, sister, brother, best friend or even my neighbor? Has the health insurance lobby clouded your brain so much that you are convinced you are better than ordinary Americans and thus are entitled to something better than our current death panel system (read: health insurance officials choosing to accept/deny your claim)? These are the questions Americans need to ask themselves before making any final judgments as to how they feel about reform.
I urge Americans to write their representatives and ask them this question: why am I not entitled?