Those with illness deserve to be taken care of no matter who they are.
Each life has intrinsic value irregardless of the ability to pay.
No one is in the position to determine that any person’s life is unworthy of the cost of their health. Even the most reprehensible personalities deserve kindness. Mercy is the only solvent for hatred.
Cost should NOT be the FIRST concern in our debate on healthcare. Life alone, simply being alive, has greater value than payments.
In our civilization, the world looks at American values. They can’t avoid it even when they want to. As the leading exporter of movies, TV and entertainment, our cultural values are observed by everyone on this planet.
They are watching us now.
They are watching to see if we, who rightly so, pride ourselves on fairness, justice, freedom and hope, will make a commodity of our citizens’ lives.
We are under the microscope.
Everytime a fool on TV insists the United States cannot pay for healthcare for its own citizens, we degrade our whole civilization and embarass ourselves in the eyes of the world.
Every time we allow someone to screach hysterically about a non-existent ‘death panel’ or ‘who’s going to pay for this healthcare plan?” we diminish our ability to stand up for what is best in human civilization.
To unleash the explosive creativity of the human spirit and to protect the weak must be the goal of our world’s civilization.
Every mind in the world can spill into each other with tweets. Yet, 1000 people a week feel hopeless enough to commit suicide from depression, loneliness and despair
Corn is produced at such velocity and volume that a single country can supply the world, yet 20% of children go to bed hungry each night.
Racial understanding progresses to the point that the most powerful man in the world is an elected black man, yet ethnic tribalism, and “honor killings” of women exist unregulated. This week’s Journal of the American Medical Association reports a 30% rate of intimate partner violence against women in India.
We are on the cusp. Which shall it be?
Let’s stay on course.
Our moral authority in the world evaporates a little every moment we delay in providing healthcare for all of our citizens. Our political power to stand up against outrages in other countries is lessened.
Today in our country, someone will die of an illness that could have been prevented had they access to care.
When you stand up for universal healthcare, you stand up for a great civilization. When you oppose the histrionic hatred of someone demanding that we show payment before providing help you are protecting everyone in the world.
The world is watching how we treat the most vulnerable in our own society.
The cost of leaving them unprotected far exceeds any dollar amount. We will NEVER be heard when we speak out against a human rights abuse in another country, when we allow the abuse of human rights at home
A day delayed in providing universal coverage is a human rights abuse. The height our civilization can reach is being measured by our action on healthcare reform.