Monday, August 03, 2009
Who, exactly, are those uninsured Americans?
I have no idea if this is accurate or not. So why am I posting it?
I'm a firm believer in the adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" We've been hearing for years how our health care system is "broke" (that's as in "broken," not out of money).
What proof is offered? Usually the statistic that tens of millions of people are uninsured and thus can't afford needed treatments and therapies and medications. And in a country as rich as America, that's a travesty.
I never gave much thought to that argument, accepting both premises: 1) that all those peole didn't have coverage because they couldn't afford it, and 2) that this fact is a travesty.
Then I saw this cartoon, and began to wonder . . .
Is this just some right-wing fringe hype? Or is it close to the truth? If the latter, then . . . Gee!
Of course, it doesn't matter. It looks like we're going to get a government health plan of some ilk, regardless.
Will that be a bad thing? My gut tells me, probably. But the pendulum swings both ways, in most cases. We'll see.