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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Some Truths About Affordable Health Care!

After listening to all of the negative propaganda about the supposed “Evils” of Universal Health Care from many on the Right Wing Side of the American Political Spectrum, does it surprise anybody that most Conservative parties in most of the countries in the Civilized World actually enthusiastically support ideas similar to those found in President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act?

You see folks, the words, “Conservative” and “Selfish” are not synonymous everywhere. Does that come as a shock?

In fact, some people remember times in these United States when many Conservatives were far more moderate and easy to work with across the political aisles than some of today’s seemingly more extremist bunch. (Of course these are my opinions, you understand.)

But back to government backed Universal Health Care (Affordable Health Care):

Some of these kinds of health care systems have been operating in various other countries around the Globe for more than 40 years now and are reported to be doing just fine! Canada is often sited as one notable example of a successful Universal Health Care provider and as far as I can tell, most Canadians seem happy as clams with what they have.

The U.S. Military Veterans have access to a form of “Affordable” health care in their Veteran’s Administration Health Care System. I am a Vet and can report that most of my compatriots defend their VA benefits with fierce tenacity and the utmost vigor because it provides the best health care in the world in my opinion and someone like me who lives from hand to mouth on a pittance of a Social Security Check would be up a creek without a paddle if it were not for the VA Medical System.

There is another point I would like to bring up at this time which is also an opinion – - -In regards to the controversy about Affordable Health Care (A Federally-Run System)… I think that whatever The Conservative arguments might be, they are dead wrong.

As I believe, Republicans and Conservatives in The United States have traditionally been on the wrong side of every social issue that has ever been discussed.

It seems that Right Wingers always want to make life easier for the wealthiest 1% of Americans by making it a lot more difficult for the other 99%.  The Health Care Issue is no different in that regard.  Reichtie seems to want to deny help to many of those who may need it the most by opposing any form of Health Care that might present any kind of barrier to endless profits and gain for those who make their living off the suffering of others.

In my opinion, ever-escalating health care costs are nothing short of a blessing for the wealthy who make their living from Medicine and nothing less than a curse for people who need services and may not be able to afford them.

There was reportedly a short period of time during which a lot of Doctors and other medical practitioners in countries with state-run health care systems actually fled to The United States because it is said they felt they could make more money here than at their respective native countries.

Well, according to some Economists, this did not work out as well as expected and a lot of those same Medical Practitioners who came to America with great hopes and high expectations which were not met for some reason eventually pulled up stakes and went home again. Apparently the money they were making in their state-run systems did not look so bad after all for some reason that I have as yet to discover.

One of the biggest arguments by The American Right about so-called “Obama Care’ (The proposed state-run health system for America that has caused such confusion and controversy) appears to be that it is too expensive and cannot be afforded by The American Economy or adequately sustained for any appreciable amount of time.

My counter argument is that there is plenty of money available in the American Economic System to pay for all the Social Safety Net Programs including health care.  The problem is that most of this money seems to be siphoned off into private profits rather than being used for the good of the nation.

I think that if people would just stop voting for those whose ambition seems to be to kill every social program that might benefit anyone who is not particularly wealthy, the whole problem would see positive steps toward sane solutions.

Too, if America would somehow just remove the so called “Cap” and a lot of the loopholes in the Tax Code that allows the Rich to get out of paying a lot of what would otherwise be due the government, the Social Programs could prosper and thrive and would be around for generations yet to come. This is my view of these matters. These are my opinions about them.

But as I see it, the loopiest political Righties are not about to let something like “Equity” for all concerned in shares of The American Dream happen if they can help it.

But then, these are problems for the voters to decide, aren’t they?

I just wish The Supreme Court had not allowed that stuff about “Citizens United” and The Super Political Action Committees to happen – - -especially the parts that allow all those millions of dollars to be pumped into our political campaigns with no accountability as to where they are coming from and with no apparent upper limits set on how much can be contributed to any single campaign.

In my humble opinion, this kind of thing may actually open the possibility that some (Or maybe all) our elections on the state, national and even local levels could actually become more “Purchased” by special interests than “Won” by concerned voters.

America should take another look at Her Supreme Court with an eye to making some changes.

It may be an ideal for Supreme Court Judges to be required to campaign and run for office the same as The President or Congress People or anyone else in government and I think there definitely should be term limits set on how long a Supreme Court Judge would be allowed to stay in office.

Just this one minor change in the way the Judiciary is composed and how it operates might conceivably go a long way toward solving a lot of problems for America in the future.

These are just a few of my thoughts, ideas and opinions on a few things that concern me and sometimes “Bug” me and I wanted to share them.

The “Related Articles included in the links below seemed especially important to me so they are included for anyone who wants to look a little deeper into the issues presented in this blog post.

Posted by John Liming as part of his continued Diary of Political Opinions.

Picture Credit – The illustration of The Health Care Symbol at the top of this blog post is used with permission of MARIO PIPERNI  to whom we are most sincerely grateful.

 

John Liming - American Liberal Times

Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

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 particularly concerned and grieved about the way our beloved America seems to have become so politically divided over the past few years to the point where hardly anyone seems to be able to get along or to work together and where mutual vilification seems to be a spectator sport of some kind. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation. That, in my opinion, would be a total disaster and that is what I fear certain members of the element generally known as The "Christian" Conservative Right may have in mind.

1 comment to Some Truths About Affordable Health Care!

  • “that allows the Rich to get out of paying a lot of what would otherwise be due the government”

    Brother, the above line says it all. Why is it that many on the left believe in their heart that a man’s paycheck belongs to the government, and what he gets to keep personally is at the generosity of the powers that be? Secondly, your little flight of fancy overlooks two important facts (there’s that nasty word you detest so much, “facts”)….

    First, your government is in so much debt that even if it stripped “the rich” of everything they have it would not balance the books.However this also overlooks the fact the in dollars the “rich” for more than their share.

    Secondly, in what utopia does this wonderful government health care system work? As a Canadian I can tell you that most of us would tar and feather Michael Moore for applauding our health care system in his movie. Wait lines are ridiculous, people die waiting for surgery and treatment, and health care eats up 35 -40% of most provinces budgets. Even consuming that much of the public purse it is still second rate.

    Here’s a fact for you, when a Canadian citizen has a life threatening disease and is either put on a waiting list or told by our government that the treatment is “not listed” (Covered by healthcare) do you know how they generally solve the problem?

    They buy a plane ticket, go to a good hospital in The United States of America, and pay for the life saving treatment themselves.

    By the way, its nice that your are afforded free health care as a veteran, that places you in the same elite club as congress and the senate, and a whole list of government employees. So I will ask you the same question I would pose to all of them, if Obamacare is such a good thing, will you give up your current benefits to go on it as the government is mandating all other Americans to?

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