Thursday, March 25, 2010

Healthcare Reform

This is not a political blog, and I plan to keep it that way. Mostly because I'm not uber political, and also because I've learned and decided not to talk politics with anyone, including my family. There are very few exceptions, Paul is one, this guy I dated a few years ago named Bryon who I never talk to anymore but if we ran into each other it would probably be 3 or 4 hours about religion and politics, and I'd enjoy every minute of it. And Melanie. Melanie and I don't talk politics much but we mostly agree so its no big issue if anything does come up. I think there are a lot of friends, co-workers, acquaintances, who would be surprised at how liberal I am. (Utah standard and definition of liberal, but still.)

I'm not 100% on board with Obama's plan, but I'm in support of some of it, (I wont give 'some' a percentage.) I come from a family of 4 kids, two of which are uninsurable due to pre-existing conditions, I think it is bull s@*% that this policy exists. I also have a cousin who's wife is bulimic and spends more nights in the ER than at home these days. No insurance. And we have a friend who has had an illness for close to 20 years and would never be able to buy private insurance. I could go on... Like Melanie said in her well/better written post about this, we are not born equal. And I agree that we have a right and an obligation to help people.

I think realizing that we're all human and we're all ultimately in this together will probably get us farther than we think.

So if this below is you??...
...I don't really feel too bad for you.


Daniel said...

I'm one of those poor suckers who has a pre-existing condition that doesn't allow me to get insurance outside of what is offered through an employer, and I agree that it needs to be reformed. However, I don't agree with Obama's plan to achieve this at all. Not that I think it's bad thing to help out your fellow man, quite the opposite in fact, but I can't live under a government that forces it because it infringes on my individual freedoms. It's like a church forcing you to tithe. Yes, they're doing really great things with your money, but it's the individual's prerogative to see a need and respond to their desire to see it change.

it's me, andrea. said...

Hmm...Well I see what you're saying...kind of...but I wont start on the whole tithe issue and what I believe the bible says about it, and the way Christians and Mormons interpret it. (I guess I'm just assuming you're referring to the Mormons when you talk about "a church forcing you to tithe.")

Daniel said...

Sorry, I was unclear. I wasn't referring to the LDS church in my comment about tithing. I was trying to say that if someone were to force you to give your money toward a good cause (I used a church, any church, forcing a tithe for my example), then I have a big problem with that. I wasn't trying to hijack/derail your topic :)