Freeloaders

Healthcare is the theme of the moment, and Americans apparently want health insurance so badly that all the websites made for signing up for the exchange are overloaded. Contrary to Republican claims, methinks this says more about how the populace approves of health care than how it’s defective.

The implication that using any public service, be it welfare or public healthcare, makes you a freeloader, is the most offensive part of the rhetoric. In the context of our current health care LAW (not bill, not idea, not something in-the-works), what is really so “un-American” about making health care more available for all? Why is it more American to allow the health insurance companies to take full advantage of the sick or those trying not to get sick?

It is immoral. The idea that Obamacare/The Affordable Care Act (they are the same, people) is somehow compromising the values of Thomas Jefferson is offensive and wrong. Jefferson was a slave owner. We can all agree that that was a bad thing. Just because Jefferson thought it was okay at the time does not mean that there’s any reason to continue it. Likewise, Jefferson could not have even conceived of health care. Back in our Founding Fathers’ day, average life expectancy was about 50 years. Now, thanks to doctors and health care, our average life expectancy is about 20 years longer. That should be a right, not a privilege.

So the idea that Americans should not be entitled to even basic health insurance is idiotic.

Welfare is not luxury. Food stamps are not a luxury. Basic health care is not a luxury. We’re all human, and things frequently go awry. Health troubles do not discriminate based on income alone.

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