I'm strangely nervous about the ruling from the Supreme Court this morning on the future of health care in the United States, nicknamed Obamacare.
I worry about the future of the US. I'm sad to see this great country in a period of such upheaval. All politics has become now is bickering, and grandstanding, shouting down your colleagues and refusing to compromise. I feel like the government is paralyzed and we the citizens will lose.
I have a hard time understanding any argument against health care. There are so many people who never go to the doctor because they can't afford it. When I went recently for a complete check up I was surprised to find out that the whole thing was covered. That is because of the new changes under the Obama plan. I will be getting a mammogram next week. That will be covered completely as well with no money from me. I can sorta afford to go to the doctor, but what about those that can't afford it at all. Even though I am a big doctor chicken I know it is better to go and try to catch things early than to wait until it is too late.
I'm sure there are all kinds of grand arguments I'm missing about forcing small businesses to cover employees, rising insurance costs for all, job creation, etc. as well as constitutionality. On this I will say are we never going to make changes to benefit our citizens? Are we always going to throw our hands up and say it is too hard? Are we always going to resist change? If the constitution can not be a living, breathing document that grows with our country then we are in trouble. Insurance companies and drug companies have too much control over our politicians and our doctors (did you know the US and New Zealand are the only two countries that allow drug advertisement on TV and radio? Only 2!).
Mainly though I'm nervous about the horrific, vile debate that is going to spew forth from whatever happens this morning. I worry when our country can't debate things in a civil tone and allow for difference in opinion and learn to compromise.