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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Universal Healthcare is Just All Right By Me

Some people spit the word Socialism as if it were a four letter word in rejection of the idea of universal healthcare. People think socialism is a form of government. Socialism is really not a political term, it’s actually an economic system, the essence of which is that the common good takes precedence over corporate profits. Capitalism is pretty much every man/woman for himself….. Both systems have their plusses and minuses.

People seem to feel that democracy is at odds with socialism, but I’m not so sure. President Lincoln defined democracy as government of the people, by the people and for the people. So if we’re the people why can’t we be for the people having universal healthcare?

Winston Churchill once said that “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all wise, indeed it has been said the democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other governments that have been tried from time to time.”

With that in mind, and in keeping with all the other innovations in the past century, how about coming up with a new system? One that actually reflects the current stage of human development and awareness.

How about a system based on the idea that no one person, race, culture, nationality etc. is more deserving than another, that we are all in this together, that we are interconnected and interdependent because that‘s a fact! We certainly could look out for one another without giving up our individual rights, couldn't we?

Who cares where someone was born, how much money they have or have not, who they work for, what nationality they are, whether they have a green card, pin stripes, pink nail polish or a purple hat. Everyone on this planet should have access to healthcare!

And I’m really sick of hearing that we can’t afford it. If you look at a pie chart of where the most amount of money is spent in this country alone, the biggest piece by far is on war.

It’s time for a big change.


Lenox Knits said...

Ahem to that. I really wish there were more people that think like us in this world. I keep thinking this as the right says socialism as if we are all supposed to think it is some evil word like fascism. But I don't.

Artist Victoria O'Neill said...

thanks for the comment. i think there may be lots of people who think like we do, at least i hope so!

Loni Edwards said...

I agree! Its ridiculous that our country is one of the only industrialized nations that does not offer universal healthcare. Its time that our country finally took a step forward towards progress. I read an article that Truman was trying to get Americans universal healthcare. TRUMAN! Wow! Its been in the making for a long, long time...

Artist Unplugged said...

The universal healthcares that are in other countries so far are pretty pitiful....unless we can figure out a better way to do it, no thank you.

Mandala Michelle said...

I would like universal testing (like free mammograms, aids testing, etc) and vaccines, but I do fear that if we can't come up with something better than the current models for universal healthcare we will be putting everyone's health at risk. Now is the time for some American ingenuity.

Artist Victoria O'Neill said...

i think the idea is to come up with a better plan.....certainly there are many plans that we can look at and learn from.....what to do and what not to do!