I was at a park with my with and daughter. We were eating cupcakes. You and your daughter were in same vicinity as us. Your daughter was quite interested in our cupcakes. We offered to give her one but you declined. I overheard your telephone conversation which went something like this:
We’re hoping Joe gets a $5,000 christmas bonus. Last year he got $3,000 plus $500 in cash and an iPad. We got a $3,800 tax return but we made a bit more this year so I don’t know how much we’ll get back. Hopefully we’ll be okay this year. . . At least we get to keep our insurance for another year. Then it is going to go up. Joe says he doesn’t even want to work if other people are going to get free health care. . . . Well that’s socialism for you.”
The part that really got me was the phrase “Hopefully we’ll be okay this year.”
I wanted to say to her “Do you know how good your life is? You’re hoping to get a 5000 christmas bonus! Plus a tax return of several thousand dollars. Which together is more than money than several billions of people around the world earn in a year!”
And that “Socialism is not subsidized medical care for those that can’t afford it!”
All politics aside, it is so important really think about the human costs of these issues. There are people out there with no health insurance, without jobs, financial security, not able to pursue their dreams, in pain because they can’t go to the doctor, hungry because they can’t afford food, unhealthy because they can’t afford healthy food. There is so much suffering that can be prevented and we are failing to do it.
The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect but it is a tremendous step in the right direction and one that will make a huge positive difference in the lives of millions of people.