You'd think there was an election coming up what with all the political ads on the US channels. I'm pretty disconnected emotionally from the health care debate going on since it makes no impact on our lives. But it's impossible to ignore since everyone (the world over it seems) is going on and on about it. I can tell you that from the Canadian perspective, we're all scratching our heads going, "Are they really this dumb?" The last time we asked ourselves that was when Bush got elected the second time. Just a few of my observations.
1. Clearly there are some huge profits that are trying to be protected. Those who stand to gain from the status quo are being allowed to shape the debate. This is brokenness in action.
2. Note to protesters. If you want to be taken seriously, spell the words on your signs correctly. I know it's time consuming to make the signs so I suggest taking the extra step of spell checking it first. Otherwise, why not just wear a sticker on your forehead that says IDIOT.
3. I don't think there is any real news anymore. Even on the evening national news programs the anchors are "tut-tutting" and rolling their eyes at the stories they are delivering. This is not news, this is something more akin to propaganda.
4. That one sixth of your countrymen are unable to procure or afford health insurance is abominable. (And I'm surprised I haven't seen that last word paired with the president's name yet.)
5. Medicare is socialized medicine. It's already a part of the system. Try to pull your head out.
6. Finally, that once again, Americans don't believe that they can learn anything from other countries' systems. The hubris is staggering.
I don't expect everyone to agree with me. I mean if I were fat and happy with my insurance, I'd resist change too. But that's the "me first" attitude that so typifies America. I just can't believe that this whole idea that "the poor don't deserve health care" is something people really feel. There's no other word for that except wrong.