NATIONAL HEALTHCARE IS NATIONAL SECURITY
Posted by politicalpartypooper on January 2, 2009
I’m about to broach a subject that many would claim labels me as “liberal”. I, however, choose to label myself as a Libervative.
Did I just coin another word? Damn!
What’s a Libervative? I think of myself as a raging Independent, stuck somewhere in the middle of American politics. I can see the good and bad in both Liberal thinking, and Conservative thinking. We Libervatives tend to look at both sides as if they are somewhat uneducated. After all, dogma means one-eye blind.
The topic for today? National Health Care.
When I say National Health Care, I mean a system where every American has not just affordable health care, but paid for health care. I don’t care how we get there, so long as we get there. This argument, to me, is similar to the discussion concerning poverty and starvation in our world. Many of us Libervatives find it completely asinine that in today’s society, even one person starves ever. It’s not silly, it’s disgusting. We try our best to help, contributing our money to the best charities we can find, but it’s never enough. It needs to be enough!
We also find it asinine that in one of the wealthiest nations in the world, there are people who have to choose to not see a doctor because they have no insurance. Insurance. What a word, one that can mean good things, or evil things. I am a financial advisor, so I deal with insurance moment by moment for my clients. I even try to help them with health insurance, even though I HATE it. Life Insurance is a good thing; health insurance should be unnecessary.
When we consider the necessities of life, there are precious few things that people really need in order to make use of American Freedom. Food, shelter, clothing, iPods, HD TV are amongst the needs. Okay, maybe not iPods or HDTV. Let’s replace those two with health, as in good health.
Chasing the American Dream is not possible without food, shelter, clothing, and health. The American Dream doesn’ t exist without national security. Many take that to mean the military, which, I suppose, from a dogmatic viewpoint would be true. But in national security, I also place healthcare. To me, national security is about anything that threatens our freedom and ability toward self-determination as a whole, or as individuals. Lack of decent, or any, healthcare, then, is a definite threat to our national security.
We have attempted the open market system of health insurance for decades now. We’re backsliding. Fewer and fewer can find affordable health insurance, while more and more insurers find reasons not to provide coverage at all. Somehow, though, many are of the belief that all we have to do is tweak the system to fix that. My friends, those who cannot afford health insurance, and insurance companies themselves are like two connected buildings collapsing at the same time. No amount of tweaking can save them. We are faced with two sides falling away from each other at the same speed, and in the same moment. A string cannot hold them together, yet it’s a string that our politicians are proposing.
“We need to make health insurance affordable for every American.”
Why? And, don’t you know that it’s impossible? I work with insurance companies. I know their underwriting limitations, as well as how their actuaries calculate risk. I’m telling you, if insurance companies are involved, it’s impossible to provide affordable health insurance for every American. Health Insurance companies are the middle man, and that middle man must make a profit. It is that profit that makes insurance unaffordable, and who can blame a company for wanting to make a profit? Isn’t that what they exist for?
There’s only one way to provide healthcare for every American. Politicians already know this. They won’t utter it to the media, or to anyone else, but they know the truth. The only way to provide healthcare for every American is to eliminate the middle man, to amputate health insurance altogether. The problem with doing that for our elected officials is the very thing that I as an independent have railed against for years; namely lobbyists. The health insurance lobby is one of the largest lobbying groups in America. They provide our politicians with “information”, statistics, and most sadly of all, campaign and Party contributions. Our elected officials are loathe to walk away from the insurance companies. It takes money to win an election and fund a political party. Few others fund the two parties like insurance lobbyists do.
Here is where being a Democrat or a Republican is like looking in the mirror. Both parties have made themselves subject to the desires of big insurance. Neither party will ever sever that tie. You say you’re proud to be a Liberal Democrat or Conservative Republican? I ask, why? Your favorite elected official is selling you out to a higher bidder. Your favorite political party is betraying you for campaign contributions. Further more, they’ve been selling you out for years, and they have absolutely no intention to stop. Yes, you are their constituent. But the two parties know who butters their bread, and it isn’t you.
National Healthcare is an emergency. Sometimes, you have to amputate to save a life. Our nation needs to amputate health insurance from our national health system. Problem is, our elected officials’ balls have already been amputated by these same insurance lobbyists.
There’s more than enough money in this nation to provide good, timely healthcare to every individual. The only thing stopping us is our own elected officials. So long as they include health insurance in the big picture, America will continue to allow a good portion of its citizens to fall through the cracks. It cannot happen any other way. When an individual who cannot afford insurance at any price is asked to pay an “affordable” premium, he is being asked to go without.
Sure, our nation could tax the rich and the middle class to help pay those premiums, but why? Why would we pay an insurance company premiums when we could save more money by eliminating the premiums altogether? Since we already know that more taxation is required to provide good healthcare for every American, why would we make that cost even higher by hiring a middle man whose only goal is to make a profit?
Would it not make much more sense to pay for actual services, rather than paying for the risk of service? Adding “risk” to the equation adds cost, but it certainly doesn’t add value. You amputate anything that dilutes value when it comes to national security.
If you find yourself angry about our national healthcare problem, I encourage you to contact your congressional representative, and tell them in plain words how you feel. Tell them to stop taking money from health insurance lobbyists, and do the right thing, or you’ll spread the word against them. Tell them to eliminate insurance companies from the equation, so that America can truly afford the cost of protecting its citizens.
Our national security depends upon it. A nation is only as strong as its weakest citizens. If we are to come together as a nation, we must do so as a healthy nation.