human behavior

The Big Picture

Posted in American Culture & Politics, Health & Medicine by humanb on March 20, 2010

The White House has created a fantastic video less than 2 minutes long summarizing the health care crisis in numbers. If you haven’t really paid much attention this past year to the health care debate and don’t understand all the fuss, watch it.

If you believe America has the best healthcare system in the world, ask yourself, “For whom?”

If you think a call to your member of the House of Representatives won’t make a difference, think again.

If you think it’s a disgrace that millions of people die or go bankrupt in the richest country in the world because they can’t afford health insurance or ballooning medical bills, then say something.

And if you think that America should once again become a moral authority in a world, where most first-world countries and every other English-speaking country ensures healthcare coverage for all of its citizens, then lead by example.

Call your Representative and tell him or her that no American should die uninsured because of a pre-existing condition.

No American should have to sell his house, to safeguard his health.

No American family should lose its healthcare because the breadwinner lost her job.

No American should have to pay more towards insurance than they do towards their mortgage.

And

No American should have to cross the border, north or south, to get affordable healthcare.

We’re better than that.

President Obama, March 19th, 2010:

[E]very single President has said we need to fix this system.  It’s a debate that’s not only about the cost of health care … [but] a debate about the character of our country, about whether we can still meet the challenges of our time; whether we still have the guts and the courage to give every citizen, not just some, the chance to reach their dreams.

At the heart of this debate is the question of whether we’re going to accept a system that works better for the insurance companies than it does for the American people, because if this vote fails, the insurance industry will continue to run amok.  They will continue to deny people coverage.  They will continue to deny people care.  They will continue to jack up premiums 40 or 50 or 60 percent as they have in the last few weeks without any accountability whatsoever.  They know this.  And that’s why their lobbyists are stalking the halls of Congress as we speak, and pouring millions of dollars into negative ads.  And that’s why they are doing everything they can to kill this bill.

In just a few days, a century-long struggle will culminate in an historic vote.  And when we have faced such decisions in our past, this nation has chosen time and again to extend its promise to more of its people….

When the naysayers argued that Social Security would lead to socialism, the men and women of Congress stood fast, and created a program that has lifted millions out of poverty.

When the cynics warned that Medicare would lead to a government takeover of our entire health care system, and it didn’t have much support in the polls, Democrats and Republicans refused to back down, and made sure that all of us could enter our golden years with some basic peace of mind.

Generations ago, those who came before made the decision that our seniors and our poor should not be forced to go without health care just because they couldn’t afford it.  Today, it falls to this generation to decide whether we will make the same promise to middle-class families, and small businesses, and young Americans like yourselves who are just starting out….

I still believe we can do what’s right.  I still believe we can do what’s hard.  The need is great.  The opportunity is here.  And the time for reform is now.

Call your Representative.

UPDATE: Why healthcare reform now? Krugman, an economist, explains it simply.

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