I disagree with people who will not share their tax dollars in order to provide health care for those without. I have seen too many honest and decent people who simply can’t afford the exorbitant costs of health care today. I am blessed – we were blessed – to have Cadillac coverage and, admittedly, it has and does bring great peace of mind. But I also am very familiar with people who can barely make it through the month and have given up health care coverage as one of their spending priorities.
It’s easy to blame people for not planning, preparing, looking ahead, and getting educated on the hows and whens to manage personal finances. I get it. But I also think it incredibly discriminatory and, in fact, downright evil to fault people – the ones who simply don’t know better – for not being prepared. Sometimes things happen that wipe out a savings account, sometimes people are fired from jobs and loose benefits, sometimes there’s a divorce, sometimes people spend their lives raising children or taking care of others and don’t have a nest egg. But even more than that, some people are the wrong color, speak the wrong language, or look different. Any and all of these reasons – and more – result in many not having any kind of decent health care.
I, for one, am willing to cough up my tax dollars to help people prevent health catastrophes instead of waiting until there are no options left. When it comes to health care in this country, if you can afford it then you get it. Oddly, though, if you can afford it, for some reason you don’t want anyone else to have it.