Just lately, the best interests of the majority are being served!
We Americans have more than ample resources to take care of the health of our own people. Obviously, we aren’t doing it. Sadly, Republicans in Congress still adamantly oppose doing anything about this sad situation. They have no problem coming up with the funds to maintain the world’s largest military. Yet, when it comes to funding health care reform they insist we just can’t afford it. Really?
Fortunately, the obstructionist Republican leadership in Washington is not in charge. Despite well funded lobbying to achieve a profit-propelling outcome, the interests of the majority were mostly upheld by today’s Supreme Court ruling.
If he’s not already nervous, perhaps Mitt Romney will be once he realizes the difficulty of selling his anti-populist rhetoric to the electorate. People’s own life experiences tell them Romney’s got it dead wrong.
Problem is, Mitt Romney is the perfect poster boy to honestly deliver the Republican message. Health care in his family is working out just fine. Of course, Mitt’s financial situation differs somewhat from that of most Americans. The problem conservatives now face is trying to sell their vision to an electorate that is demanding more affordable access to health care and outcomes enjoyed in Canada, Europe, Australia and elsewhere. We want what they’re having! Yet, Republicans insist we can’t afford it.
The best hope of those opposed to “Obama Care” was to invest a fortune in negative branding before the majority of its popular provisions kicked in fully. This has NOT worked for Republicans and is not likely to work for them any time soon. No matter what words you use to describe the Health Reform Act, it is what the majority of people in this country want.
Then there is the moral case for taking care of the least of our brethren. What does it say about a country that sees its own citizens hurting and chooses to do nothing? Those religious right members of the Republican party seem to be saying “we are not our brother’s keeper.” From a moral perspective, ALL Americans deserve affordable health care for ourselves, our parents, our children, and our society.
Theological scholars might ask some pointed questions. Who would Jesus exclude from health care? Which pre-existing conditions are identified in the Bible as acceptable? Some might argue that Jesus would suggest that we’re all in this together. That might get the Prince of Peace labeled as a socialist. Would he care? My guess is not so much.
Republicans have offered no substantive plan of their own to address lack of access to health care. Nor have they concerned themselves with trying to contain spiraling costs. Nor have they addressed the moral dimensions of the health care crisis in America. Instead, they mindlessly repeat their mystical assertion about de-regulation and less government somehow ameliorating America’s health care problems. It hasn’t worked yet; why would anybody believe them?
As a society, we are all in this health care crisis together. The President and Congress should be about doing the most good for the most people while making sure everyone receives care. The President has taken some small steps down the path of economic justice for all. We need more steps in that direction to get our people the health care they need and deserve. Republicans should abandon their anti-populist position and bow to the will of the people – as opposed to the will of the deepest pocketed lobbyists!