America’s moral imperative
I have a friend that lost her job recently. She doesn’t have much money saved and needless to say she is worried. She doesn’t have an issue scaling down the lifestyle that she was accustomed to. She has to, or she won’t survive. She is worried about her cobra coverage, which runs out in a few months. Think about that. Her makeshift health care benefits expire in a couple of months. No job, terrible job market, and no health benefits. Americans now face a defining dilemma. In the wake of a daunting financial crisis, we are having to make choices that quite frankly, none of us should be making. My friend’s health care costs nearly tripled after losing her job, a financial burden that’s crippled her ability to pay her bills, and put food on her table. They make it difficult for her to sleep at night. She wondered if she was doing the right thing. She thought she may be able to avoid paying for health care, and focus on her other expenses. After all, she was in her early thirty’s, young, healthy and vibrant. Maybe she wouldn’t get sick. Maybe she wouldn’t get sick. This is where we find ourselves in 2009, in the greatest nation on the planet.
The Health care debate is taking shape on capital hill, and in the capitals of every state in the union, and in the households of every American. But it is more than just another piece of pending legislation-or another policy debate between differing ideological camps- it is a discussion about our moral obligation. Health care is a right. All Americans, whether they be upper-class, middle-class, or lower class deserve it. In the most technologically advanced forward- thinking nation on the planet, there is no earthly accuse not to protect all of our people from experiencing the horrors of having to choose between eating and buying antibiotics. We should not be praying for good health because our income only covers the rent or mortgage, and paying for a hospital visit would literally bankrupt us. We must deliver on the promise of America, and that promise is what makes us great. Universal health coverage is a necessity. It is morally the right and just thing to do. We must choose to secure the welfare of our people, over greed and profit. The suffering out there is real. My friend is not some abstract construct. She is real. And she is scared. So am I.