A friend posted this link on Facebook, and for some reason I feel an overwhelming need to respond to Dear Liberal, Here’s Why I'm so Hostile. Which, by the way was a fantastic read, whether you're liberal or not.
First of all, I can’t say I’m a liberal, or that anyone I know even fits into that actual label.
The author asks if I believe that healthcare is a basic human right. I do not, obviously, any more so than driving a car is a basic human right. Essentially no one really has a basic right to anything at all. However, this is mother-fucking America, and there is no reason that every American should not be entitled to quality, affordable healthcare.
I understand the outrage surrounding the fine that the federal government will impose if people choose not to provide health coverage for themselves. Everyone is all pissy because the government shouldn’t be allowed to force one to buy anything. I get that, and I even agree.
However, the astronomical costs of healthcare in this country are inexcusable. As health insurance companies continue to make millions and millions in profit, the cost of health care continues to become even more ridiculous. Last year, 41 BILLION dollars in health care costs went unpaid. Not because America is full of lazy, debt dodgers, but because… Just how in the fuck are people supposed to actually pay those costs when they don’t have insurance?
Additionally, have you even been refused a certain test or had to go through multiple tests before a doctor is able to order the one you needed in the first place? You know, when the receptionist looks down at her notes and says, “Oh yeah, your insurance won’t cover an MRI unless we do a CAT scan first…” Health insurance companies do not help pay for health care: they own healthcare in America.
Can you imagine watching your loved one die at home when you know damn well that the one drug the insurance won’t cover could save them? Have you ever watched someone who was in agonizing pain for months because she wasn’t insured, and no doctor would touch her for a simple gallbladder surgery? Since the surgeon wouldn’t help her, they hospitalized her three or four times for a few days to give her antibiotics and pain management. I can’t help but be thoroughly baffled by the logic behind that. How many of us can say, honestly, that if we were uninsured and needed a procedure or surgery, we’d be able to write a check on the spot?
The ACA is about more than providing subsidized insurance to the people that the American taxpayers have been subsidizing anyway for years. It’s about regulating a disgustingly corrupted system to bring health care costs under control and ensure that in America, no one has to go without it. Once again, not because it's a god-given right, but because, aren't we supposed to be the greatest nation in the world?
Do I agree with the government requiring people to buy insurance? Fuck no. In fact, I’m reasonably sure it’s going to be a disaster for a while. At least it’s something though. Quite obviously, health insurance companies are not going to regulate themselves. And at the risk of sounding dramatic, and perhaps liberal, they’ve created a kind of monopoly in the healthcare industry.
Why the fine for the uninsured? Generally, the uninsured are the problem. The fine just helps make up a fraction of the taxpayer money they cost each year. Is government regulation the right answer? Of course not, but what other answer is there?
On an entirely unrelated note: I carry a Glock and have a lifetime carry permit, so I’m pretty sure I can’t actually be a liberal.