On Facebook this morning I noticed several friends with statuses that reflected a view in favor of Univeral Health Care. No one should be denied health care because of an inability to pay. No one should die because they don't have insurance. Etc. etc. Keep this as your status all day.
Okay,I get it. I get mad when I hear that when my mom lived in Florida she never went to the dentist because there was no state program giving her dental care. I was upset when a single-mom with 4 kids in Florida said she doesn't take her kids to the doctor on a regular basis because she can't afford it. I get that part, and many years ago I was in favor of universal health care. I'm older now though, and I don't think the issue is as simple as I once thought it was. What about the rich guy, a celebrity, or maybe just a professor or a business person or whatever who can afford a private doctor out of his pocket? Should he be required to have insurance when he can pay cash? I don't think so. I don't think Michael Jackson's doctor accepted BlueCross or Medicare, do you?
Anyway,it's a hugely debated issue and a lot of people have already weighed in on it. Here are a few highlights that I found just doing a quick search of the internet--
I kind of like this one because it's so simple--