We cannot wait
I am tired of lies, of fear mongering. So . . .
To those of you who fear helping the uninsured will somehow threaten your insurance, I say to you: the truth that has been hidden from you for too long; you are living on a razor blade. In the snap of a finger, you too could be uninsured. As the broken system crumbles and buries us in debt, inequity, and corporate profiteering, the ranks of the uninsured will swell. Those of you who fight change today will beg for it tomorrow.
To those of you who fear a bureaucrat between you and your doctor, I say to you: get your head out of your ass. There are scores of bureaucrats tying your doctor’s hands right now; and these bureaucrats get bonuses for denying care. They aren’t government bureaucrats, they work for insurance companies.
To those of you who say we should not interfere with the free market, I say to you: the free market has no place profiting off of death and suffering. Insurance can only make money for their shareholders and multi-million dollar bonuses for their executives by denying the care that they have contracted to provide. It is a war crime of class warfare. If you don’t want a public option, you do not need to buy it. But some of us want a choice.
To those of you who think the congress is seriously setting up death camps for senior citizens by paying for end-of-line consultations with their doctors, I say to you: we will all die when our time comes. It is OK to die with dignity. It is OK to ask your doctor when enough is enough. It is OK to understand when the sophistication of our science and the technology of our medicines have smashed against the brick wall of nature. It should be OK to ask your doctor if the fight can be won; or if it cannot.
Health care is a mess. I know because I both work and live in it.
I do not pretend to have the answers. I know we will not all agree. But it is time to end the lies, the attacks, the scare tactics. And it is time to start action, because today is already too late; and waiting until tomorrow is unimaginable.