When I throw a dog a bone…

The quote goes, “When I throw a dog a bone, I don’t want to hear how good it tastes.”  This quote occurred to me as I was reading some posts regarding the health care that Congress and the President receive versus what some people will be receiving as a result of the new health care law.  Let’s lay out a few points, shall we?

1) The health care law isn’t about mandating some perceived notion of equality among people with health insurance plans, it’s about covering those that don’t have insurance.

2) Many people use Congress’ and the President’s health care plans as a foil for pointing out how bad the health care plan is.  These same people are usually the ones vehemently protesting socialism…  and yet, what they are effectively saying is, we want everyone’s plan to be like everyone else’s.  In other words, the rich should be just as the poor.  There’s some irony for you.

3) The health care plan isn’t there to make you content to be at the bottom, it is there for you to have a base to rise to the top.  In other words, if you want something better, you now have a better opportunity to go out and get it.  Good jobs will carry better health insurance, and you will compete to get them via your ability, your education and the opportunities that life affords you.

Mandated health care is not the socialist/communist demon that it is made out to be.  Hell, in its current incarnation in the U.S., it’s barely useful at all, much less a social juggernaut that will take down our Republic.  We need real reform with intelligent debate, not watered down legislation put forth by people whose sole understanding of the issue are the talking points on the cards that big media and big business have handed to them.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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