John Liming - American Liberal Times

Conservatives Don’t Hate Health Care Reform!

I don’t think Conservatives hate Health Care Reform as much as they dislike the President Himself.

I hear all this talk about how much Republicans and Conservatives hate the Health Care Reform Program that President Obama got passed, but I see a lot of them are using it and acting as if they are quite happy to have the benefits it affords.

I know at least one elderly die-hard Republican who goes about complaining about almost everything that “Obah-mer” does or says, but he sure doesn’t hesitate to make use of that closed donut hole that used to cause him so many problems with medication costs.  I have a suspicion there are a lot of folks just like that old codger too. That is one argument in favor of Health Care Reform.

Why do the Right Wingers seem to detest our President so much?  I have my own views on that subject and I guess I will write a few of them here:

(1)  I think part of Conservatism’s anger at the President is over the fact that they lost the election and he won.  I have never found very many Right Wingers who are good losers. I think a lot of this angst is just plain old sour grapes!

From the expressions on some of their faces, one could easily draw the conclusion that they had been eating something sour, that’s for sure!

(2)  I think a lot of Conservatism’s anger toward the White House these days is based in that old Southern Dominionist Culture that many Republicans still try to cling to. (The old Ante-Bellum Code.)

(3)  Then, of course, there is the fact that the President is not a Republican.  That, in itself, would be one reason (As I see things) for him to be disliked among Conservatives.

I believe sometimes that many Republicans must view themselves as superior to everyone else on the planet.  I think they have some kind of sense of Divine Entitlement because many of them seem to view themselves as Heirs to The Kingdom of Gawd through their religious inclinations.

I really don’t care what our President says or does, I am sure–in my own mind– that Conservatism will resist all the the last breath! They have publicly declared that unseating the President in 2012 is their main agenda item and I have watched them seeming to work toward this goal ever since he took office.

I think this kind of attitude is small-minded and immature and childish, but then it is what I have come to expect from them– that has been my personal experience and that is my unvarnished opinion.

Many of them seem to me to be a little obtuse and easily influenced by propaganda and, given the fact that their recent CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) is said to have  reportedly included some ideology that some have considered to be White Nationalist in nature, I no longer wonder at anything some of them might say or do.

I sometimes get the impression from listening to some of what I consider to be the more obstructionist Conservatives and Republicans that they would torpedo the entire country just to achieve their ambitions of making our President look bad or to insure his failure as President—so they can look like saving heroes themselves when elections roll around again.

The negativity toward our President ain’t working because Obama’s policies are showing positive results and our Economy is turning around again and the opposition is now having to abandon their Anti-Obama Economic gripes and have, recently, started shifting their emphasis to “Cultural” complaints– the old religious-based song and dance about Abortion and Gay Marriage among other such things.

Those who pretend to oppose The Affordable Health Care Act  most likely do so on the  mistaken thought that this reform will give the government control over all individual health care and will limit the care that a person can receive. That is what I have heard some of them saying anyhow.

Well, that is total hog wash!

I am a Veteran of the United States Military and I have government medical care from the Veteran’s Administration and I never have a problem getting seen when I need to see a doctor or getting the care I need for whatever is ailing me and the costs of my co-pays for medicines is absolutely reasonable.

I am not put on waiting lists to wait for months to be seen as some of the enemies of affordable care are claiming.  I have access to immediate care when needed though a VA Process called “Urgent Care” and I can always walk into the Emergency Room, get triaged by a nurse and be directed to a doctor– within minutes of my arrival at the medical center.

I am always treated as a respected individual and never as “Just a Number.”

Canada has public health care and I have never spoken to a Canadian Citizen who has anything negative to say about their government health care system either!

I think a lot of the gripes and complaints that some American Conservatives and other Right Wingers  have about Health Care Reform are based on propaganda that continually blares from some of their fabricated alternative news sources.

As I see things, none of their complaints about Affordable Health Care are rooted in any facts at all.

I think it is all supposition because my personal experiences with government medical care have all been extremely timely, accurate, affordable, accessible, thorough, effective and satisfactory– absolutely satisfactory!

I wouldn’t willingly trade what medical care I have for the world. Nobody has ever limited my access to care and I have never felt “Controlled” because my government health care provides for my input on care issues and I am even given alternatives to consider when something is suggested or prescribed.

My government health care program always sees to it that I am totally involved in every choice that I face and I am an active partner in my own health care.

I can see why some of  the Big Pharmaceutical Companies and some of the wealthier physicians and health care practitioners might object to Obama’s Health Care Reform measures.

These measures  might cause some of their already outrageous prices to have to be moderated in some cases. That would make sense to me and that would explain to me, in part at least,  why there is such an uproar over The Affordable Health Care Act.

Some of the objections to Health Care Reform might be based on the idea that nothing the government can do is ever good. Or, putting it another way, everything the Government does may be seen in some quarters as either bad, ineffective, wasteful or downright evil.

That seems to be the idea of a lot of Libertarians and some Conservatives and Republicans and it is total Bull Hooey in my book!  I am glad to have a caring government that is big enough to be there when I need it.

Finally, I am always hearing the argument from the Right, The Far Right, The Radical Right and others of like mind that Medical and Health Care must always remain a part of the “Free Market” theory because that is how advances are made, research gets done, and things improve for everybody concerned.

Well, I am sure that Free Marketism in Medicine would insure ever- escalating costs for care and higher profits for providers.  I am confident of that much!

I am certain that Free market Medicine would eventually price itself out of reach for many who are living on fixed incomes or on those who are at the lower levels of earning or those who are simply poor.

I have always asked myself the question, “America might have the best Medical Health Care System in the world, but what good is it if no one can afford to use it?”

I used to ask that question until I discovered that America is one of the few nations left in the civilized that resists offering affordable or public health care to its citizens and that American Medicine is fast falling behind the rest of the world in quality, quantity, availability and affordability.

Now, I find myself to be a staunch proponent of Obama’s Health Care Reform and I thank God for President Obama and others who are of like mind on this critical issue.

Posted by John Liming strictly as his political opinions.

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I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation.

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