Universal health care

Opinion

I’ve never completely aligned myself with a traditional political party or set of beliefs. I would not define myself as a conservative or liberal. Our nation’s current debate over health care reform hits home for me. I am a non-traditional, independent, uninsured student. All of this said, I live above the poverty line and I am healthy. I have not yet been buried by medical bills and I consider myself lucky. My concern is for my future, and the future of others. It is this concern that aligns my support with the liberal lobbyists.

Political propaganda has flooded the media as the idea of change has conservatives and liberals alike fighting in a tug-of-war for America’s support. How ironic. A nation whom less than one year ago elected a president that campaigned on a platform of change is unable to make necessary changes to benefit its own citizen’s health and well being. As town hall debates over health care reform continue across the nation its hard not to notice just how divided our nation is.

Liberal lawmakers are pushing for a public option. An option that would make health care available to everyone at a price anyone can afford. I believe this is necessary. America has always offered support around the world, but we are not as willing to take care of our own.

So why not a public option you ask? Conservatives argue that they are not responsible for taking care of the health needs for those who are unable to provide it for themselves. They argue that they have done nothing to assume this debt. Oddly enough the United States provides aid to countries in need all around the world with taxpayer dollars, yet is unable to meet the health care needs on its own soil.

Conservatives argue that government run health care will ultimately fail like other government run health care programs. I invite those lawmakers to talk to a veteran about their medical coverage. The government is capable of providing quality health care. Maybe we should model a public plan off the Veterans Administration.

Obama Care is not the answer either. Much of Obama’s plan is great, but with all the packaging around, it would be hard for anyone to know what it really says. So here’s my suggestion: much like our forefathers did when drafting the Constitution, we should start with a skeleton; not so we can write the book as we go, rather so we are prepared to make changes for our own changing needs. We should know what not to do, such as how we got ourselves into the mess we’re in currently. Let’s build on the wisdom we gained from our failures and build a healthier tomorrow for generations to come. We must stop fearing change since the world continues to change around us.

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