“For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. “
– Ted Kennedy, 1980.
In a rare Christmas eve vote, the United States senate passed historic legislation that will bring about near universal health-care coverage for the first time in the nation’s history. The 60-39 vote along party lines allowed Democrats to claim one of their largest legislative victories in decades. It is by far not a perfect bill, but they did the best they could. As with any piece of landmark legislation, over time it will be amended and changed. Every industrialized country in the world has universal health-care in some form. It was re-assuring to see that the Democratic party did not back down from the fight.
My arguments for reform
1. Finding a job is hard
2. Children go uninsured
3. Existing conditions are not covered
The detractors say that providing universal health care is providing free health-care to the lazy. Yet, how many people do you know are actively looking for jobs and can’t find one. No job, no health care coverage. Health care coverage costs thousand of dollars per family. Health-care insurance is also not obligated to cover you, even if you have paid for your insurance for decades. For instance if you were diagnosed with a serious disease your insurance company may cancel your coverage to save themselves money. It is a sad reality, but in our society we value money more than people.
All children are insured under the health care bill, why should we punish children because they come from a disadvantage-social economic background.
Unrelated to health care
I’m also tired hearing people whine about insignificant things, I watch some people behave as if they were still in high school.