Health Care is a Necessity for ALL Americans ~ Nannymm

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American public schools have a long history that we can be proud of. Since early settlers in the Massachusetts Colony made school compulsory for children in the 1600’s, more and more Americans, regardless of  economic standing, have been able to attend elementary, middle and high school. Property taxes funded schools. Government intervened over time to ensure that schools were open, accepting, and inclusive of all students. Education became a right for all children, not just a privilege for some.
police_fire_1209754820396Americans have also decided over the years that police and fire protection are essential for all people regardless of ability to pay for services. Thus, our police and firefighters are now funded through our tax dollars. When we call the police station for assistance, we are not asked, “How do you plan to pay for protection?”  Likewise, when we call the Fire Dept., the dispatcher on the other end of the line doesn’t ask for a check or insurance information.
Education, police, and fire services are provided to all American because we have decided that every person has the right to learn, to be safe, and to have his or her property protected. Does it not follow then that Americans ought to implement a nationalhealth_care_access_manual_logo health care system that is provided to everyone regardless of his or her employment or economic status? We educate our children because they are important to us and to our nation. We train and equip our police officers because our safety matters to us. We provide training and fire fighting equipment for our fire departments because we value or homes and businesses. But what about our bodies and our health? Aren’t they important, too?
When you boil it down, our health is the most important thing we  have. If we break a leg, we ought to be able to have it fixed without financial worry. If we need expensive tests, we should not have to tap our children’s college funds to pay for them.  If our children are sick, we should be able to obtain care for them without worrying about how to pay the bills.  We all need health care at various times in our lives. It is a necessity. Isn’t it time we start talking about it as such?
We can debate how to fund it and  how to make it work for everyone. But we can no longer debate whether or not we need it. We do. It is a shame and a disgrace that we leave our health care and that of our loved ones and fellow Americans to the mercy of private enterprises such as insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, and the health care lobby.  The private sector has failed. Americans of all ages are struggling to pay for insurance, if they can even get it. Far too many of us are doing without essential care because it is too costly. And this is wrong. We all need affordable and accessible health care; it is time to ensure that we all have it.
We, as a country, claim to care about our citizens. We say that government exists to serve the people. We say that we stand for equality. Well, when it comes to the allocation of health care resources, we don’t have any fairness or equality. We seem to care little about those who are less fortunate than we are. We don’t want government to serve all the people because we are selfish; we fear that we may have to give up something so that others may share in the bounty.
Before our public school systems were set up, there were only private schools for the children of the well to do. Then we decided that that education was priceless and that everyone deserved it, so we made it public and funded it. We later did the same with police and fire services. Now, we must do the same with health care. We must begin to see our health and that of ALL Americans as a priceless commodity that must be cared for and protected, Only then, when we agree on this new way of thinking about this issue, can we take the steps to move forward, together, regardless of political party, to make health care available and affordable for all Americans.

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25 responses to “Health Care is a Necessity for ALL Americans ~ Nannymm

  1. nannymm

    Good morning.

  2. good piece nanny. Yesterday I got into an “argument” with someone over health care. She said “I don’t want a govt. run health care system, the govt can’t do anything right” I replied “Do you bathe in bottle water? If you’re ever the victim of a crime I assume you’ll call a private detective to solve it for you because calling the police would make you a hypocrite”.

  3. dnd

    Good points Nannymm. It seems one of the talking points of the opposition is: “Do you want your health care to be like the post office or the DMV?” I’m surprised that no one has shot back with a police or fire fighter analogy.

  4. eProf26

    Nanny, you make the most compelling arguments for national health service with your case studies of previous commitments to the public. So, indeed, why not a national public health system as a right? Oh, silly me, that would mean the CEO’s of the big insurance companies would lose their really big salaries and bonuses. The money being tossed around to stop national health care has made me sick and in need of a doctor for sure!

    Still hot, hot, hot here. I hope you’re enjoying your summer up there in the outer reaches of upstate.

  5. nannymm

    Thanks, guys. What really galls me is the selfishness and hypocrisy of so many Americans. We claim to care but we are so afraid that we might have to give up a little to help others. Likewise, I hear all these loud mouth people screaming about Christianity and this being a Christian country. Well aside from the fact that it isn’t, I contend that if Jesus Christ were alive today he would be appalled by those people. Christ preached about love and caring. He said “whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.” So now the “least of our brothers” need healthcare. And where are the right wing crazies now? Are they invoking the name of Christ to fight for equality and fairness? Nope. Are they gathering at town halls and churches to urge Congress to pass healthcare reform? Nope.
    So where are they? What are they contributing to the discussion? They’re screaming and hollering that their taxes might go up, that they may get a slightly smaller slice of the pie. They’re worried about themselves!
    It’s this type of selfishness and hypocrisy that makes me ashamed at times of my country and my faith.

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  7. dog's eye view

    Well reasoned, Nanny.

    And reform will SAVE money and lives in the long run.

    NYTimes letters page today; wisdom and comments on the importance of healthcare reform. No nonsensical letters. They stuck to people who CAN reason.

    Health Care Debate: Costs and Benefits
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/05/opinion/l05health.html?ref=opinion

  8. nannymm

    Thanks, DEV. The NYT’s letters are interesting.

  9. TempeBev

    Nanny – great piece. If people would stop and think how many services are presently provided by the government, and how much they would loose, as Brian pointed out, maybe they would get their heads out of the “sand of no” and get a clue.

    Perhaps Texas considered these benefits, and changed their minds about receding.

  10. Great piece Nanny.

    It just blows my mind how short sighted and single minded people can be.

  11. nannymm

    You’re much nicer than I am, UB. While you call them “short sighted and single minded,” I call them selfish, hypocritical, and down right mean. I guess I’d never make it as a diplomat. 😉

  12. Newsmax’s big headline for the day!

    Secret Service: JFK Met Marilyn Monroe at Justice Dept. for Sex

    http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/kennedy_kessler_monroe/2009/08/05/244275.html?s=al&promo_code=84D9-1

    too funny.

  13. nannymm

    What idiots! That was nearly half a century ago.

  14. nannymm

    Interesting read about potential savings from healthcare reform:

    The Three Trillion Dollar Question: What Health Care Reform Can Save For Families, Businesses and Taxpayers
    http://www.uspirg.org/home/reports/report-archives/health-care/health-care/the-three-trillion-dollar-question-what-health-care-reform-can-save-for-families-businesses-and-taxpayers

  15. dnd

    Nannymm,
    I don’t think it’s selfishness, though these people may truly be selfish. I think it’s stupidness. Or more specifically, they let blind ideology trump pragmatism. What they don’t seem to get is that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce, and that disproportionately benefits the wealthy.

    This is contrary to their arguments that it will force their care to be substandard and rationed, and that they will be forced to pay for slackers and illegal aliens health care. Hum, ok, maybe they are selfish 😉

  16. gee what a choice, stupid or selfish.

  17. dnd

    Stupid and selfish don’t have to be mutually exclusive 😉

  18. See it always ends up being about Palin.

    😆

  19. dnd

    How We Can Achieve Bipartisan Health Reform

    By Ron Wyden and Robert F. Bennett
    Wednesday, August 5, 2009
    We refuse to let partisanship kill health reform — and we are proof that it doesn’t have to.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/04/AR2009080402523.html

  20. With all due respect d, that piece is a crock. Co-ops are not a viable substitute for a public plan. And that plan is nothing more than a co-op and is nothing more than a big fat give away to the insurance companies.

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