Sigh. I am so tired of these idiotic posters, and I am so tired of this health care debate. The GOP is just fear mongering and spreading lies about the bill to ensure that the rich stay rich and the poor die without health care coverage, the Dems are too weak to pass anything but a heavily watered-down bill that doesn’t do much anyway. What a nightmare.
Here is why everyone should support health care reform: because everyone in this country deserves health care, and they don’t currently have it. Period.
I find the argument that “oh, we don’t want to stand in longer lines, we don’t want you telling us what doctor to go to” so incredibly selfish. The debate from the right side is just me, me, me. I don’t want to change doctors, I don’t want to pay more taxes. The debate from the left side is Hey. We realize that this bill is far from perfect, but it’s one step toward providing coverage for the millions of people in this country who don’t have it. Can we at least all get behind that?
The answer is no.
I was interviewing a very nice 74-year-old farmer from rural Ohio this morning for an article I’m writing. He lives in a toxic town where a number of coal-burning power plants are polluting his water and his air. He’s had a horrible cough for about two years that won’t seem to let up, but he can’t afford health insurance, so he hasn’t been able to see a doctor once. He’s pretty sure that he has developed some form of lung cancer, as the majority of his town has, but he just continues to work out in the fields all day, hacking up a lung because of the pollution that corporate America has imposed on him. And the government can’t even help him with his medical costs?
This is just so unacceptable. It has to change. Conservatives, I don’t give a rat’s ass if you are bummed about the various ways you believe this health care bill will affect your current coverage. Poor you, you have to switch dentists. At least you can afford to take care of that tooth infection before it kills you, like it did this 12-year-old boy who couldn’t afford to go to the dentist. I don’t give a rat’s ass if you are angry that the new bill covers abortions. Would you prefer that more already-born babies die because their parents can’t afford their medical bills?
My colleague Sam Stein posted an article yesterday about health care protesters shouting “ni**er” and “fa**ot” at Democratic members of Congress during the health care debate. Shocking? No. Surprising? No. Because these people are ignorant, they’re scared of what they don’t understand, and they will do and say anything to make sure that no one (especially a BLACK MAN! fan me!) steps in and changes the status quo.
For this reason, I am even more thrilled than I otherwise would have been to be able to say, in my most gloating-est of tones, THE FIRST STEP TOWARD HEALTH CARE REFORM JUST GOT PASSED IN THE HOUSE, BITCHES!!!!
That’s right, you “Tea Partiers” can all sulk home and take your dumb, racist, ignorant, fear mongering signs with you. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Or do.