The healthcare debate is becoming more and more heated as the days pass. We’re screaming how much we need it, how much we don’t, how much we like our healthcare, and how much we hate our healthcare. But the people that we aren’t hearing from are the people who are chronically uninsured.
Let’s face it. Most of us who are passionate about the healthcare debate do have insurance. And many of us feel that the healthcare reform is going to lessen the quality ofour healthcare, and not to mention, raise taxes. But if it does raise taxes, wouldn’t healthcare for all be worth the money?
We live in a country that embraces health and success. We believe the American Dream is having a nice car, nice home, a great job, and a picture perfect family. We try so hard to acquire this dream, to the point where we forget about the people who aren’t living this kind of life, or better yet, aren’t able to live this kind of life.
Most of us are fortunately healthy and middle class. We are not at all poor or sick. And that’s exactly who this healthcare bill is designed to benefit. It’s beneficial to those who are uninsured because of because of a lack of income or medical history. Because most of us do not fit the poor or sick criteria, we are dismissive of the healthcare plan.
We should know that the people who need this reform are living a difficult life. Some of our super conservative citizens believe that “the hard life” comes from being lazy and being unwilling to fix your situation. And in many cases, that is the truth. But speaking from experience here, I was poor because my mother had kids out of wedlock. She had three kids, and no husband. We grew up struggling because the four of us had to survive off her income alone.
I wasn’t lazy. I didn’t do anything wrong. I can’t control what kind of situation I was born into. And you know what? My mom wasn’t lazy either. She had a job, but it still wasn’t enough to allow us live comfortably. Like radio talk show host Neal Bortes said, “Her problem wasn’t that she was on her ass. Her problem was that she was on her back.”
One bad choice can cause your lifestyle to shift. Because she had kids out of wedlock, all of us ended up on government healthcare-or Medicaid. She continued to work, but she still wasn’t generating enough income to get a private healthcare plan. Uninsured citizens probably have a similar story.
Many people who are uninsured are being overlooked because they aren’t speaking out at some of these town hall meetings and such. The reason why they aren’t there is because they have nothing to lose. They are already uninsured and struggling, so they don’t go. And the ones who are there are the insured citizens who are afraid that the new plan will reduce the quality of their care or reduce the money in their pocket. They feel like they have a lot to lose, so they show up angry and loud.
We need to start caring about all our fellow citizens. Too often the “successful ones” get all the attention. In this country, we value the rich over the poor, and that is not the kind of country we need to be. We never want to look after “the little guy” because we feel so much higher than him. We think that everything should work in the favor of the fortunate and the elite. We have less-fortunate people in our country, and if we try to exclude them from everything, we will never meet up to our full potential in American society.
We need to start educating ourselves about this healthcare plan. We need to read it, and interpret it ourselves. Many conservative leaders are interpreting it for us and putting their own political spin on it. We need to know exactly what it says, what it means, and to actually pay attention to the needs of our fellow citizens.
And last but not least, Barack Obama may not be the perfect candidate, but let’s wait until he actually does something before we go off on him. He hasn’t been president for a full year yet and we’re already outraged. Most of our anger of Barack Obama comes from fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of what he might do, not of what he has done. People think he’s a socialist because he may give those who are less fortunate the things that that the more fortunate have. They are afraid that the poor is going to end up with quality healthcare, even though they don’t have the money to pay for it.
Supporting the reform is not about supporting Obama, it’s about supporting the needs of your fellow citizens. Let’s all get together and support our citizens. Let’s support the healthcare reform.