As always, Republicans still don't want health care reform
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As always, Republicans still don't want health care reform

Everett : WA : USA | Aug 09, 2012 at 3:22 PM PDT
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Remember back about...oh...say about 30 years ago (give or take) when the first mention of health care 'reform' popped up?

Democrats alike were willing to jump on board to help push through health care reform, but the Republicans were like: "No, no, wait a minute...we don't really need to reform the system. It's too expensive. The system is fine the way it is."

Then about 17 years ago when President Clinton first proposed universal health care and the Republican Party denounced it as 'socialist medicine' and refused to even contemplate health care reform--because they claimed it would be "too expensive" and the system worked fine just the way it is?

Well, well, well...it should come as no surprise that with the added taxes on the top 2% to help pay for Obamacare that the right (and one Mitt Romney) is saying: "Health care needs to be reformed, but not at these costs."

In other words...

Let's kick the can down the road another four years or another ten and not worry about it. The system is fine just the way it is.

Um...

No, it's not.

The system is broken. It could've been fixed twenty years ago, but the right wanted nothing to do with change--just as they don't want Obama's "change".

It could've been fixed thirty years ago, but again, the Republicans didn't want change and they certainly didn't want to fix the system.

Well guess what?

We have to fix the system!

There is no getting around this one, boys and girls. We either do things now--as opposed to waiting like the GOP and Mitt Romney wants--or we continue to wrack up the cost of health care to levels not even seen yet in recent memory.

You think things are expensive now? By 2030, most of us won't even able to afford basic health care--let alone the cost of getting prescription drugs.

So reforming the system--while there is still time--will make it so that all of us will be able to get a shot at getting affordable health care.

Don't like the taxes that come with paying for the reform? Stop bitching. Only the top 2% will pay an extra 3.8% in added taxes, while the rest of the taxes are filtered down to a small segment of our population and some businesses.

But regardless of what the right will tell you in their scare-mongering propaganda...? It's not the end of the world.

Obama saw a need for health care reform in 2008. Mitt Romney is still trying to find ways (and excuses) to duck out of the issue entirely.

For people like him, health care reform is not a national necessity. And for that matter, he doesn't care if the "little people" can afford it or not. To him, we're nothing but numbers and statistics. Not human beings.

Which is why we needed someone like Obama to do what it took to give us health care reform--over the squabbling and complaints by those on the right side of the aisle.

In truth, this nation has been needing health care reform since the late 80s--due to spiraling costs and an aging population.

Today, we have more baby-boomers than ever. We have a nation of fatties that is putting an unholy strain on our health care system.

These are just a few of the systemic problems that need to be addressed and the only way we can do that is through reform.

Yes, the whole process is damnly complicated and expensive, but either ignoring the issue or pretending that everything is fine is not the way to fix the problem.

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SchuylerThorpe is based in Everett, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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