November 12, 2013
How time flies when we’re having fun. Of course, the world is still falling apart while you and your sister grow by leaps and bounds. I am consistently amazed by the words and actions and heists you two manage to pull off. You’re quite a team. I have no doubt that you will be ready to face the certain post-apocalyptic hell that certainly awaits your adulthood.
Really though, its not all that bad. People always are heralding the end of times and quoting the prophesies; connecting dots that don’t connect, while the ones that should be go unnoticed. As it stands today, people are very beat up over the Affordable Care Act and its extraordinarily poor implementation—and over the obvious flurry, nay, blizzard of misinformation and lies the American people were fed by the Obama Administration about the ramifications this law would have on their healthcare coverage. The websites don’t work, people’s plans are being cancelled, and it is entirely too expensive and actually unaffordable for the people that were already manageably covered. Gloom and doom.
What people aren’t talking about quite as much are the fundamental problems with the law in general. Sure, it was passed in a 12th Hour, dirty politics kind of way but look at the law itself. The people who were most supportive of it, thought it was going to manifest as (at least) a clear stepping stone to socialized medicine in the United States. The sort that seems to be working effectively in many (though not all) other countries. Instead of a path towards socializing medicine, we instead have a system that is actually imposed capitalism. It is something that rather than providing for the many, is actually burdening the most. The problem is that in the many backdoor practices that were occurring in creating the legislation, the Single Payer option was removed…and this was the option that would bring us to a social system.
In removing it, all it has done is proven to be (and its going to sound mighty rightwing to say it) a tool of wealth distribution and punishment on the productive. That isn’t a criticism of the unemployed or the impoverished, mind you, but it is effectively a punishment on the people that are working for themselves or making enough money to live on but not enough to save on. We’ve got a big problem, because our big government just got bigger, and eventually we’re going to swell and burst…since the government is now managing the market of health insurance, we’re going to find ourselves in more and more binds. To put it in realistic terms—they can’t even launch the website. They can’t even manage the entitlements and benefits they were already putting out. And worse yet…they didn’t adopt from a parallel successful model.
We should have looked at a country like Australia where they do have social health benefits. It isn’t what many right or left wingers think it is. Actually, my understanding is that it is somewhat in the middle. You see, having spoken to some of our cousins Down Under, I’ve come to understand that there is a basic coverage that all citizens get from taxes. This covers doctor visits and the bare amount of basics. Beyond that, you’re on your own. You see, the social system hasn’t overridden the capitalist one. Instead, that system has been modified to be a purchase plan for better than bare human rights minimum health insurance. It covers premiums on hospitals, medications, operations and the sort. I’m not sure about dental and eye care…but I imagine that those might be split between premium and social.
This seems to work, as people are able to choose what, if any, additional coverage they want while still maintaining a public health level that allows at least wellness and sick visits to a general practitioner. That guy that says “hey you’re sick buy these pills”. Of course, as a country we couldn’t agree on that because our political process is broken.
We’re being divided along binary lines of “red” and “blue” when there are many colors and shades—ideas—in between that warrant a look and deserve exploration. We’ve been overtaken by a political aristocracy that has no connection to the needs of people anymore. Our government of the people is now made only of some-people—perhaps it always was, but in the past the divisions were less cavernous. So while everyone is arguing over the window dressings, we’ve failed to notice that the roof is on fire and the basement is flooding. And the bills are piling up.
While there are answers and solutions (like the system I just described above), there are few in power that will entertain them, because they’ve been bought and sold by those whose interests are so deep pocketed and vested in maintaining the status quo or removing wealth from the populace that they’ll never be heard. After all, corporations are people too and money is free speech in this country…and we wouldn’t want poor Congressmen to lose their jobs. Whatever would they do? So we’ll floor and burn and become a third world nation while the political overclass eat lobsters with the CEOs and stockholders of your every possession. All the while, we’ll be arguing over a dumb website instead of rallying to fire the whole lot of them.
I can only hope that by the time you’re 25 and I’m 50 that this will be solved. That we’ll have figured out a way to have an economic ladder that allows for migration in both directions, but that everyone is constantly climbing higher than the generation before. That we’ll have bare minimum health coverage, safe and effective schools, and that millions of students won’t be enslaved to the federal government for their educations. That perhaps we’ll have a representative government that represent people. Perhaps. Perhaps.
Until then, I’ll enjoy watching Despicable Me with you and Ayla a thousand times a day and hearing you sing the theme song to Iron Man Armored Adventures. I’ll enjoy every midnight call for juice, and every unsolicited hug. Societal problems are forever, but your unwavering need for my attention and support is finite and ever shrinking. Until the zombies come to collect my bills…
PS- My god man! You and Ayla never stop. Whether you’re flipping the couch cushions and going to battle, or teaming up and exploring that bathroom (the one we just renovated) you guys are thick as thieves. You’re so close in age that you’re almost like twins and hardly apart. You fight, you laugh, you play. It’s a wonderful thing for your mother and I to watch, since we didn’t have siblings at all. We love you very much.