Dear Mr. President, I Hope You Appreciate the Free Healthcare I Pay for You to Have
I heard it said by some pundits that President Trump contracting coronavirus and now being hospitalized with the disease is a “teachable moment” for this country, and by that they meant that maybe now the naysayers can finally all get on board with the obvious fact that we all need to wear masks, need to socially distance, etc. Yes, it is a teachable moment for that, but it is also a teachable moment for something else. This whole circumstance highlights the gross, stark and utterly indefensibly inequitable healthcare system in this country.
Let me begin by finishing what I started to say in the title above. Dear Mr. President, I hope you appreciate the free healthcare I pay for you to have, wish I had the same.
But I don’t. I don’t get free healthcare paid for by the government because people like Trump, Republicans, many assorted millionaires and billionaires have all concluded that government run, government paid healthcare is not a good idea and so fight very hard to prevent such a thing from coming to pass. Apparently, though, it is a good idea when it benefits them. Many Republicans, many conservatives, who work in government are more than happy to have their healthcare expenses covered by the government. That is, their care is paid for by the taxes I paid. Let me be clear. I do not begrudge them that. I only begrudge the fact they cannot see it in their hearts to return the favor. In the old Robin Hood story, Robin stole from the rich to give to the poor. When it comes to access to and receiving healthcare in America, apparently our government steals from the poor to give to the rich. And I would really like to hear what the justification for that is? Anyone? Anyone want to take a stab at explaining to me why that is right and good and fair?
Here are the countries with universal healthcare, by that meaning healthcare to most citizens and the government sees to it the citizens do not suffer financial hardship in accessing healthcare. You don’t need to read anything there when you go to that link, you don’t need to look at the long long long list of countries who figured out that access to healthcare must not be based on ability to pay but is instead a fundamental human right. Just glance at the map right at the top of the…