Universal Health Care And Other Stuff We “Deserve”
“Americans Deserve Universal Health Care” USA Today, Reader Opinion Feb. 26, 2009.
“All of us deserve access to care, so I think universal health care should be this country’s goal just like other developed countries,” Wendell Potter, former Chief of Public Relations for CIGNA
“Americans deserve universal health care,” Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Washington State, May 2004.
When did Americans elevate themselves into a position of “deserving” certain things for free or at least at the expense of others. I thought we were the America that was too “arrogant” and needed this President to take us down to reality. And yet…we seem to deserve a great many things.
DESERVE: (according to Dictionary.com): to merit, to be qualified for, or have a claim to because of actions, qualities or situation.
Interesting isn’t it? Here are some other things we apparently deserve:
1. McDonalds: “You deserve a break today.”
2. Maureen Dowd The New York Times: “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”
3. Shiney Red Button Advertising: “Full Service. Because you Deserve it.”
4. John McCain Campaign: “The Change You Deserve.” (see even the elephants are in on this trend)
it goes on and on…
I never realized how much I deserved. I mean there is that Constitution which outlines rights we have–but it doesn’t have a “Bill of Stuff We Deserve.”
The last time I checked, Health Care was an industry–mostly private in nature. What happens is this, a person gets to feeling kind of bad. The person makes a decision to become a consumer of either a doctor, a clinic or an ER and makes an appointment to be checked out. The doctor diagnoses the problem (after 8 + years of school and training that most people would never be able to accomplish) and then charges for his/her time in treating the patient. The patient then writes a check for the amount owed and moves on with his/her life.
Sometimes, unfortunately, a person has a really bad thing like cancer or a heart attack or a debilitating disease and that person’s medical bills will be substantially worse. Life is just that way–some will have high medical costs, some will not. Some will get sick despite living a healthy lifestyle, some will get sick because they spent a majority of their lives smoking, or doing drugs, or eating unhealthy food or drinking in excess or…..
But now, all of a sudden, we “deserve” this health care treatment for free or for a reasonable price–determined by our government.
If you buy that and believe me, if it passes you will certainly BUY it—then answer me this–why don’t we also deserve the following other things that would make us (or at least me) happy?
1. A Car That Runs On Air
The Air Car–runs on compressed air. I think I deserve a car of my liking (not this ugly piece of crud) that runs on air–and I deserve it at the same price as a mid-sized car like a Corolla.
I Deserve one of these to run on air:
2. To Be Debt Free
Is this guy happy or jumping off a cliff? Anyway–sure I have some student loans (just like most doctors do) but I don’t deserve it. I went to Law School, graduated and have held a job ever since–I think I deserve the remainder of my loans to be waived.
3. Great Food
Why should I, a great American, be subjected to eating garbage for food. I expect as a human being in this land to be served Great Food no matter where I dine. If I order a quadruple meat crabby patty from King in the Box–I expect it to be made with 100% fat free, organically fed beef and to look similar to the dishes above–after all—I DESERVE IT!
I could go on–but of course this kind of thinking is ridiculous. As a human being, I don’t deserve anything. Sure if I work I deserve to be paid for my work. But the difference there is the give and take. I don’t deserve health care–but am thankful we have the greatest in the world. I don’t deserve air conditioning–but am thankful it was invented and I can afford it. I don’t deserve friends—but am thankful that some people find me amusing enough to call me “friend.” I don’t deserve a beautiful wife and family–but am thankful they don’t see the real me and if they do, they love me anyway.
I don’t even deserve Freedom–but am thanful to the men and women who over the past 230+ years have fought for it and died for it so that I could reap the unearned benefits of it.
And so—that argument is frankly stupid. We don’t deserve national health care–we don’t deserve for the government to take over one of our largest industries and turn it into the ineffcient boob that the IRS, USPS and TSA already are. We don’t deserve to be taxed to death to pay for a system that will become worse once the government decides to take it from us.
So please, with all deserving respect Mr. President and Ms. Speaker, quit lying to us, quit trying to convince us that only you can save us from ourselves and quit turning our Country into Europe–we certainly don’t deserve that!
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