Part of me feels like I should have written about this topic long ago. I should have said something on this blog to declare my position on the subject. I should have said something about the fact that I don't see health care as a political issue, its a moral issue. I am a Christian after all and doesn't the bible say things like...
34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed
by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the
creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you
invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you
looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and
invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or
in prison and go to visit you?'
40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of
the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
I also have a personal stack in this fight. You see, I'm an American citizen. I pay taxes. And guess what? I use the health care system. Just the other day I opened a medical bill for a whooping $1500. I guess I shouldn't have splurged on that MRI in January.
But I have kept quiet. I tend not to go into these things too much because of where I live and who my family is. I live in the South. In the land of "We don't need you! I'm just fine on my own!" And every time I walk into my parent's house they are watching those fair and balanced sages on Fox News. So I just keep my thoughts to myself. Its much safer that way.
It seems we are at a point in this country were no matter how much one tries to explain and appeal to reason, no matter how much and how often one might point out that other countries have solved this problem, the hole we are digging ourselves into is just going to keep getting deeper. This has nothing to do with reason or evidence. Contrary to what many might say the people opposed to reform are not blind idiots. This is tribal war. One can never overstate the power of resentment in American politics.