I’ve had arguments with friends on both sides of this issue, and I hear the same things over and over. One thing few people are talking about is this: is it our moral responsibility to make sure all citizens have access to health care, regardless of their ability to pay? I think we can get into any real debate abotu the pros and cons, we need to convince the American people of this one simple thing.
With the Christian Right, we just need to remind them of their own words over and over again. What WOULD Jesus do? Did he ask for payment when he raised Lazarus from the dead? When he laid hands on the blind, did he ask them to go and find him a coin immediately thereafter? Or did he heal those who needed healing, without question, without demand? Jesus would be on the side of universal health care, and I think he would be appalled that we don’t have it already.
With others, I’ve heard two major arguments. 1. People have to wait in Canada and England for months, sometimes for years, for surgeries they need. 2. The Federal Government is inefficient and we don’t want them running anything. My answers are as follows: 1. People DIE in the United States, the WEALTHIEST country in the world, because they cannot afford health care or their insurance companies turn down life-saving procedures. and 2. I’m pretty sure that in the Declaration of Independence our Founding Fathers mentioned something about what should be done about ineffective governments. If we are to hold to the sacred documents which make out country what it is today, doesn’t it stand to reason that we should be forcing a change within our government if we truly believe that it’s not working for us anymore?