As I was going through my daily motions earlier today, a blog post was forming in my head. I was going to create a category called “Commentary”; something for content a little more serious, and a good length. I envisioned what I was going to write. I had a few good lines that I wanted to work in. A few good points that I wanted to make.
Then I sent a text message to my American friends. It said the same thing to everyone. “Welcome to rest of the socialized world. Big changes going on down there!”. Then I sat back and waited.
It didn’t take long for the replies to start coming in. My original blog post went out the window.
At the risk of offending some of my friends south of the border, I will offer my thoughts…
You frustrate the hell out of me. I don’t know what it is about healthcare reform that polarizes you people so much. I find it difficult to comprehend how extending healthcare to a segment of your population that roughly equals Canada’s is a bad thing. Yes, there will be changes. Yes, your costs may go up. They might not. Your service might be worse. It might be better. No one really knows how this is going to play out for sure, because even the best prepared plans are still only a guess. And that’s true of anything. It’s a monumental task, but it’s one that’s well overdue. To use the “If it ain’t broke…” argument isn’t an argument at all. With 30-50 million (the number seems to change, depending on what you read) Americans without an adequate form of healthcare… the system was not working. You can’t just continue to ignore something like that.
When I read some of the replies to my text message, I felt like screaming. Are you expecting fireballs to rain down? A vast plague to spread across the land? Is this really the death of your great nation? I have my doubts.
It’s healthcare. What’s wrong with extending healthcare to everyone?