Sunday, August 23, 2009

The "I've-got-mine-so-screw-you" mentality


I'm tired of hearing the horror stories. I'm tired of hearing the all out lies. I'm tired of supposedly "intelligent" people in Congress still professing Obama was born in Kenya and that if health reform passes our grandparents will be killed by the government. These are the people making the laws of our country. How proud I feel.

I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent person. I'm generally willing to give people, including those in political office the benefit of the doubt, to a certain degree anyway. For instance, I didn't agree with most of what Bush did in office, but I never demonized him, or compared his leadership to probably the worst political regime in centuries. In fact, it's become so popular now to refer to the "Nazi regime" whenever you disagree with Obama, that it's lost its effectiveness. I don't hear anything you say. I just think you're crazy. Nuts. Stupid. The only people actingly Nazi-like are those that keep professing it. Seriously such hate. Really something to be proud of, that I've-got-mine-so-screw-you mentality. And now they're bringing their guns.

Great.

I'm tired too, of hearing about health care rationing, when currently it's the insurance companies denying care. Blue shield denying high-tech cancer care even if a doctor recommends it. Cigna denying a liver-transplant to a 17-year-old who is now dead because of it. And then there's my most favorite one of all: you'll wait forever for care like the dreaded Canada. But according to a study by the Commonwealth Fund, Americans wait longer to see primary-care physicians than patients in Britain, Germany, Australia, or New Zealand - all countries with strong-public health systems. Hmm, how interesting. We pay more for our health care than any other country and yet we have some of the worst care and millions without any coverage at all. Another proud moment.

As far as I'm concerned being able to receive health care is a civil right. Everybody should have the right to receive quality care regardless of how sick they are or how much money they make. It's called human kindness. It's called taking care of each other and working together for a solution. It's not bringing up the Nazis. That's just weak and cowardly in my opinion.
Grow up people.

3 comments:

Ben and Christina said...

I am hesitant to write anything- I have been avoiding anything political lately because it just makes me so angry- especially this health care debate. What we have right now is NOT working- everybody can agree on that. But, rather then actually trying to do something about it, people seem to think we should just continue on this disastrous path we are currently on. Lies are constantly being said, and once again the old fear tactics are being used (thanks, Bush, for perfecting that art). I just pray Obama won't give up this fight and that some changes will be made- the sooner, the better.

Peter said...

Lula,

A neighbor of my dad's just lost his job and yes, health care. he has Type 2 diabetes and his wife is in remission with lupus. Only one private insurer even offered them coverage at $1800 per month with a $20,000 deductible. That is not a typo, $20,000.

I am tired of the lies and misinformation. This IS necessary.

Lula O said...

That just makes me sick Peter. I just don't understand why both sides don't get it to the same extent. I've heard some complaining, here in Idaho at a town meeting, that the wait would be too long if everybody has access to health care. Not enough doctors to handle it all. Yes, people actually said that.
Where's the human kindness?

Christina - I wrote this long answer to your comment and I thought I saved it and now it's gone. I can't remember what I said - it was yesterday. I've never been prouder to be a Democrat, that was the jest of it.