President Obama vs. Republican Congress. Another grudge match, the sweaty pugilists in the corners, puffs of smoke from the cigars in the front row, the referee holding the mike, saying it’s the 8th round, the clang of the bell, the jabs, the left hook, bam – a hard right to the teeth, finally the round ends with a flurry of punches under the belt. We now interrupt the show for an important announcement.
HEALTH CARE IS NOT A CONTEST. We are not in a reality show, this is real life. The consequences are life and death. Why is there an argument or a fight?
The sky-box view. Look down at the basic arguments of the two sides:
- Obama — health care is a right
- Republican congress — health care is not a right
- Both agree — health care costs too much
The punches and counter punches.
Punch: The southern US has poor health care
Counter: Not our problem, don’t fix it with our money
Punch: Insurance companies are unethical
Counter: They are just businesses trying to make a profit
Punch: Primary care is better and more efficient
Counter: The market determines what is better or more efficient
Punch: Everybody should have access to health care
Counter: Only those who have money should have access
Punch: If everybody has insurance the system would be more fair
Counter: Don’t tell me to buy insurance, I will do what I want.
Punch: Raise taxes to pay for the uninsured
Counter: We can’t afford higher taxes
Punch: We already pay enough to provide good health care for everybody
Counter: We don’t want regulations. Some of us get great health care already
Punch: U.S. health care only ranks 30th in the world
Counter: Poverty and old age are the fault of individuals, don’t count them
Punch: We need government oversight of health care quality
Counter: That’s what lawyers are for
Punch: Women need care for female health problems
Counter: What is good enough for men is good enough for women
Punch: The constitution gives the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You can’t have any of those things without being healthy.
Counter: The Constitution says nothing about a right to health care.
Punch: All this fighting makes me forget about poor health care quality and high cost
Counter: Me too.