It’s against human nature

I’ve been thinking a lot about the health care bill, and why it’s been so contentious, why it’s been so hard to pass not just with senators and representatives, but with people on both the left and the right.

I’ve concluded that Obama has taken precisely the right approach – the pragmatic one – to trying to actually get this completed and not just stalled out like it did under Clinton. But the problem is, that in order to do that, it requires sacrifice from people. Union members will have to give up a little. Wealthy CEOs of health insurance companies will have to make a little less money. Some of us who are doing OK financially may wind up paying slightly more in premiums. But you know what, the alternative is for our current health care system — which is, most people don’t have health insurance so they go to the ER when they have a serious problem and either don’t pay the bill or go bankrupt doing so – to cripple us as a country, especially with people living longer and requiring more from our system.

You know, JFK said “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Where did that spirit go? Why are we such selfish fucks who are stick in “protect my own” and can’t think about “what can I do for others?” On the one hand, I think this instinct is fundamentally in conflict with basic human nature, on the other hand, there have been times and places in my life where I have seen it much more. I miss it.

If you are in Massachusetts, VOTE FOR COAKLEY. Your vote does count. If you are an American, I summon you to care about your fellow Americans more. Care that gay, lesbian, bisexual Americans are second class citizens in 45 states in this country. Care that millions of Americans have no access to affordable health care. Care that 10% of Americans are currrently unemployed, while bank CEOs hand out big fat bonus checks. Let’s care about each other again.


~ by realsupergirl on January 18, 2010.

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