Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Republican Waterloo

A good read - no matter what party / philosophy you identify with. (10-15min.)
"Whatever else the 2016 election has done, it has emancipated Republicans from one of their own worst self-inflicted blind spots. Health care may not be a human right, but the lack of universal health coverage in a wealthy democracy is a severe, unjustifiable, and unnecessary human wrong. As Americans lift this worry from their fellow citizens, they’ll discover that they have addressed some other important problems too. They’ll find that they have removed one of the most important barriers to entrepreneurship, because people with bright ideas will fear less to quit the jobs through which they get their health care. They’ll find they have improved the troubled lives of the white working class succumbing at earlier ages from preventable deaths of despair. They’ll find that they have equalized the life chances of Americans of different races. They’ll find that they have discouraged workplace discrimination against women, older Americans, the disabled, and other employees with higher expected health-care costs. They’ll find that their people become less alienated from a country that has overcome at last one of the least attractive manifestations of American exceptionalism—and joined the rest of the civilized world in ameliorating and alleviating our common human vulnerability to illness and pain."
The Republican Waterloo

Healthcare tied to employment is a definite form of slavery. We experienced already blatant discrimination due to it. That last job of my husband in 2007 where he got a good review in December but got booted out in Feb/March when I went on his supplemental insurance, the memory of that stays with me. I said to my husband how stupid and out of touch are these Republican leaders? Even the other Republican legislators knew the outrage from their voters would cost them big. My husband has not had health insurance in TEN YEARS.

I am glad I have been protesting, and national outrage helped curbed the idiocy of these leaders.

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