I've been thinking a lot about the health care debate, and while my intent is to keep this blog light and happy I just need to get my two cents off my chest. I think putting politics aside and looking at the issue from a humanitarian stand point is the only way to possibly keep tempers from flaring over. I am not saying that this health care reform is perfect or the final solution, but it is a step in the right direction. Nothing is perfect but the status quo is just not good enough anymore.
I am so saddened and discouraged by the name calling and bitterness this debate has caused. I am mostly saddened by the blatantly selfishness that this issue has evoked. I am sick of socialism being the go to answer for anyone who disagrees that reform is needed. I find it insanely irrational to assert that regulating an industry that will touch each and every person in the country equals a decent into an all out socialist society. I think I take this assertion insanely personal because I have married into a family that are exiles from a true socialist society, and I think it's safe to say they would be insulted by the comparison. We except and expect the government to regulate our roadways, our schools, our financial institutions to protect us from dangers real or perceived but when it comes to insuring our personal pursuit of health and happiness we become severely suspicious.
I understand the knee jerk reaction to being told what to do by a higher authority. I think sometimes we need to be reminded what is a priority. I didn't think cleaning my room, going to bed at a decent hour, not drinking my dinner, or saving money was priority when I was younger, but lucky for me I had set of caring but firm parents to tell me otherwise. Sometimes this loving advice was a little more than I wanted to swallow, but it was what I needed. I think "we" as a country need a little of this tough love. Sometimes we need to be told to put the credit card down, return the overpriced sweater, go for the basic model car, stay within our means. I am just as guilty of this as anyone. I think ultimately this whole issue boils down to putting people first and not necessarily ME first.
I've heard this debate be boiled down to rights and privileges more times than I can count. I've heard people say no one is entitled to anything. I agree completely. I also think that it's a very easy thing to say. I hope these people never have to explain to someone that their life could be improved or saved if only they hadn't filled out that form wrong, had a suspicious test 20 years ago, were late mailing their check, and the list goes on and on. I hope they never have to look someone in the eye knowing you've pulled out every trick in the book, worked your hardest, made every phone call, and still you can't help them. I hope they never have to watch someone scramble to find cash because someone miles away finds the solution to there pain elective.
I think if any of these things happened to most people, their views would change. I think the black and white attitudes about rights would soften to most people when it came for caring for another person. I know there are and would be some people who would stick to their ideological beliefs. There are some people who would struggle yet cling to misguided pride to hold the party line. Some peoples' hearts will never soften.
I just know, for me and my conscience I want a soft heart. I don't have all the answers, I don't know if this health care bill is the right answer. I just know that something has to be done, and it's good to see we are starting somewhere.