Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thoughts on Health Care Reform

I'm not a political person by any means. I usually avoid politics if I can. I've never even voted, only having turned 18 recently. Still, as a United States citizen, the health care reform affects me. I've seen so many different views on the bill passed. There are the extremists on both sides, the not-sure-but-leaning-one-way people, and the "not enough" or "too much" people. Unlike most things political, it seems that there are no people totally neutral to the health care bill.

A bunch of states, including my own Pennsylvania, are fighting the bill, claiming it is unconstitutional. I don't care what party you are, or what your income is. How horrible of a person does someone have to be to deny fellow humans the right to a doctor? How is it humane to let your neighbor die because she can't afford a surgery, or watch a friend suffer needlessly because he can't pay for the help he needs? Maybe the bill isn't the best option, but it's better than letting thousands suffer and die.

Furthermore, there are people who hate the "socialist" bill because it's...wait for it...more for the people than the government. Last I checked, the politicians made enough money and had health care of their own to be just fine, and the citizens who are NOT politicians outnumber those that are significantly. Moving on.

I see people complaining about their taxes being raised. The people who are getting a tax increase are individuals that made $200,000 a year, and couples that make $250,000. That's more than enough to live comfortably, so you have no right to complain about a tax raise. The 4 working members of my family only bring in about $50,000-60,000 total per year.

I really hope that none of the politicians fighting this bill so adamantly are religious. Many Republicans I know are Christians of one sect or another, and yet they're so greedy that they'd rather keep their $200,000 than help out those less fortunate than themselves. What this debate really comes down to is the rich trying to keep their funds from the poor, for whatever reason. If you're one of those wealthy people opposing this bill, keep in mind the people who suffer needlessly. If you're religious, remember your faith and think about the morals you were taught. Remember that everyone needs medical help at some point.

I think the world would be a better place if everyone, just once, could really understand what it's like to have nothing. Then maybe they would find it in their hearts to support one another.

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