My pastor spoke briefly yesterday about the power of ones’ testimony, and I thought about the stories I’ve shared this month regarding the health care changes being proposed. I can’t say my stories are particularly powerful, or that reading them has changed anyone’s mind about anything. However, our experiences definitely changed my mind about how much I want the government in charge of my personal choices. My main intent in sharing these stories was to illustrate how frustrating and powerless it felt to be sick, to be in need of help, and have my choices severely limited by having to go through government-created pathways to healing (and that includes “healing” the rat situation).
I fear that many who are adamantly supporting HR 3200 have never personally experienced the realities of government-run health care. Most people have never had to wade through the VA or military health care systems. Most Americans have never had to access health care through another country’s socialized form of care. It seems that most get lost in the utopian idea of how wonderful it would be to get health care for “free”. So when I was asked why I was so opposed to this thing that sounds so wonderful, I had to tell what I’ve seen with my own eyes, and how it led me to the conclusion that the proffered “solution” was not something I want for my family.
When I was going through those situations, I wondered if the stories would ever be useful for anything. I hadn’t begun my writing career yet—didn’t even know I was destined for one—but they were disturbing or incredulous enough that I had to journal about them. (Yes, before blogs, we kept handwritten thoughts in these blank books called “journals”.) LOL That is how I remembered the details after so many years.
I chose my “Reform or Deform” title for the series because it illustrates my biggest concerns: is this truly the reform we need—and we do need some changes—or is it the start of a permament deforming of our system, one that we may end up regretting yet be unable to get out from under?
I don’t have time at the moment to go into this much further, but I found so many fascinating tidbits of information online, including impressive statistics about the US’s cancer cure rates compared to the rest of the world. I’ve also been amazed at how, just within the past two weeks, the topic has simply exploded–there’s almost TOO much to read about it online.
Even so, I suppose my point in going there at all is to encourage others to research this topic. I think Americans have been too complacent in recent decades, too willing to just to open our mouths like blind little birds and accept whatever we’re being fed from Washington (and our state leaders). We have the freedom to research things for ourselves and speak out in favor of—or against—the things we believe in. We should never, ever take that right for granted.