Well, I want help with the considerable cost of my bourbon. Obbaaammmaaa!
Working Americans need universal health careA handful of points:
It is imperative that we, as a nation, support our fellow citizens by providing everyone with health insurance. I am a 25-year-old who just graduated from James Madison University with a major in theater and a minor in film studies after defeating a cancerous tumor inside my brain. I named it Fred.
I was lucky; my father had insurance through his job with the commonwealth of Virginia that paid the $450,000 worth of medical bills I had from January to March of 2006, when I had Fred removed at Duke University. [link]
1) This young fella makes for a weak standardbearer for the argument that the health care system is failing when it succeeded grandly in his case. To the tune of nearly a half million dollars.
2) With regard to that "It is imperative that we, as a nation, support our fellow citizens by providing everyone with health insurance. I am a 25-year-old who ...," if we were to judge by actuarial data, young 25-year-old males should not seek health insurance. In fact, they'd be foolish to do so. The overwhelming majority of them are chronically healthy and never partake in their coverage. They, more often than not, pay in and never take out. "Fred" is the rare exception.
If this young man would (gain a few brain cells and ...) argue that the elderly, the infirm, people at particular risk, and nubile, fertile young women should seek health care coverage, I'd agree. Let's look at that.
3) This genius moans about future health care costs that he is going to incur. But get this:
While my 6½ years at JMU were extremely rewarding, both academically and socially, I have now graduated and face the challenge of finding a job in a field, theater, where employees are rarely the beneficiary of full-time employment with a company that offers health care, especially with entry-level jobs.He knows he's going to need considerable help from insurance companies. Yet he elects to go into a field that doesn't generally provide any kind of health care coverage. Is it our responsibility to pay for his awful choice? Should we then be called upon to stock his refrigerator? Wipe his chin? When the car runs out of gas, is it up to us to refill his tank?
Is this person your typical American, circa 2009? The answer, with its implications, should frighten the hell out of you.
4) One last point:
It's all about spiritual fulfillment. Not about taking care of himself.
It is not as though I have not worked. In fact, I went up to D.C. for President Obama's Inauguration and helped out with the setup for the Inaugural Ball at the Washington Hilton and helped to tear down the stage from the concert at the Lincoln Memorial.These jobs were minimally rewarding from a financial perspective, but from a spiritual and civic standpoint, I feel as though I made a significant contribution to a landmark moment in our nation's history. It is unfortunate that this type of employment is not available year round for people like me.
Not about those who will have to pay this fool's way through life. He's owed. By us.
For the love of God.