The health care debate: what indesiciveness says about the U.S.

There is no doubt that the health care debate has been a ubiquitous topic in every newspaper across the country. Many are wondering what will happen next and are worried about what is to come and for good reason.

In the midst of a foreign entanglement, the U.S. is caught between the precarious brink between here and there. We’re involved there, yet we live and also must deal with issues here. As a collective whole, we broadcast our concern (through the people that represent us) about “national security.” To remedy the problem, we send 30,000 additional troops to foreign lands to ultimately kill in the name of peace. But it is for the good of the country, we are told, and we can do nothing else but wait and see.

Like the war, we must also wait to see what becomes of the promise for a public health care option as part of a reform of health care in the United States. To support the idea that anything other than a public option being the best choice for the U.S would be another morally unsound choice.

There are so many mothers and fathers and wives and sons and sisters that even though they’re sick and miserable, they still have to show up for work at their crappy minimum wage jobs or else they’ll be fired and feel like bad people and poor providers that can’t even put a bean can on the table after work. The children of these people do not have access to health care, either. Many of these people work really hard jobs and just feel cheated by the system.

These people are out there. It seems that many of the privileged Americans ride around in a cushy existence from day to day, selfish wanting more and more of what they already have.

No one should have to suffer without basic health care.

As Americans we like to be seen as the ultimate charity organization. We like to suggest that we’re concerned about the economic situation and political unrest in Iraq and that we have real concern for our own national securtiy, but is denying our own citizens basic health services a good display of concern for our national security?

Furthermore, do we want to broadcast that we are so singularly selfish that we’re denying many children the right to see a doctor?

We should be concerned of how others view our country on the basis of genuine moral standards, otherwise we sort of open ourselves to a stigma of questionable national security. After all, isn’t that what we’re trying to adjust right now in Iraq?

In making a big decision about the health of the nation, I ask that Congress push for what is morally sound.

What I ask from the rest of you, is would it really be so awful to have a public option included in the health reform bill, that would allow everyone to have access to what I have? Is the public deserving of a basic right to medical attention?

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