I have to stifle laughter when I hear the commercial that we should slow down health care reform. If the reform process is much slower, I will be dead long before anything happens. Health care reform reminds me of widening Interstate 81. Everyone knows it needs to be done, but no one wants to pay for it or compromise on how it will be done.
The folks who do not drive on 81 certainly do not want to pay for it, just as the people who have benefits from their companies want nothing to do with health care reform. The system is working fine so why should they want any change.
There was a time when Americans thought about doing what was right for the majority of people. Years of nasty politics where the driving force was "if I can get more than my share, too bad for you" have turned our country into warring factions.
The facts are that we have a lot of people who do not have health care. Paying for health care in our system is a competitive drag on our economy. It makes our businesses less competitive.
We already face rationing of care, but the rationing comes from fighting with insurance companies who know how to play the system. They also can easily drop you or charge you a premium so high that you cannot afford to pay it.
There is something inherently right about society assuming the risks for those people whose health has failed them. Granted we all need to try to lead healthy lives, but we all know that people get diseases and die even if they live the healthiest of lives.
What is wrong is assuming that the system we have can work to cover everyone. My family and I lived in Canada for seventeen years. In fact all our children were born in Canada. We had very good health care. In talking to people still living there, the system has some problems, but it is a far more efficient system than ours.
There are only three kinds of people opposed to health care reform. One is the politician whose soul is owned by the insurance companies. Number two would be the people who are already covered by their companies and could care less about people who have no coverage. The third group would be those who need health care and cannot accept the fact that unless the government is involved, we will always be at the mercy of the insurance companies.
My wife and I pay a lot of money for health care because we are older, and my company does not provide health care. It is a constant worry that we might lose our coverage.
I have seen the Canadian system work. Just the fact that you went to the doctor when you needed one without worrying about the cost was a huge positive when we were raising our kids.
Those who do not want something in the US where people do not have to worry about losing their coverage are blinded by their own ideology.