“One pill makes you larger, And one pill makes you small, And the ones that mother gives you, Don’t do anything at all” Grace Slick
I am coming to full acceptance of the contradictions in this world. That the police are criminals, that the justice system isn’t fair, that the defense department is about offensive wars, that the pharmaceutical companies aren’t about curing diseases. And above all the government is not for the people. I was reminded about this when I heard about the proposal to allow insurance companies not to accept people with some pre-existing conditions. Four that struck hard were bipolar, depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, and cancer.
Let me be perfectly blunt about this. If for some reason that I am denied my medicines for any reason I will go crazy. I have tried several times to go off of my medicines and every time the result was a disaster. In fact, one time I tried cheating on the dose to meet the conditions of a very demanding job and I wound up in the psychiatric hospital. So here is my statement to the world at large if you deny me my medicine the consequences are your fault. I will do everything I can to keep on my psychotropic drugs but if I can’t well what will be will be.
Not that I am violent but rather I get hyper-religious. But let us pass on that and ask the question “Why is the government denying pre-existing conditions?” The answer is very simple. The politicians are owned by the insurance companies. How are they owned? The insurance companies donate large amounts of money to their political campaigns. As a result, the politicians must do their bidding or they will lose their financial support.
It takes a very sick and twisted person to enter into politics in the first place. A massive ego is a prerequisite. Then one has to be a pathological liar. They will say or do anything to get into power. Once in power, they will do anything to stay in power. A glaring example of this is allowing insurance companies to deny people coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
The truth of the matter is that we could have a single payer medical system. The cost would be less and the doctors would receive more money. Of course, the insurance companies would not only lose their lucrative profits but they would be out of business.
If somebody wants to say that such a medical system is socialism than that’s great because I believe in socialism. Socialism is what has created our infrastructure, our free public education, and other good programs. If one finds contributing to a greater good for the benefit of others immoral, I hope that they are consistent in their philosophy. That such people are appalled when their tax money is taken for the blatant destruction of others. What I am talking about is the bloated military budget which sucks up the majority of the government’s spending.
The reduction of the military budget is the key to providing not only single-payer health care but other social programs. I believe that there should be a minimum living condition that all citizens in the United States should have. We are after all the richest country in the world. Unfortunately, the rich people don’t care about the poor or even the middle class for that matter. Just look at the policies the government is enacting as evidence.
The measure of greatness is not how one takes care of those who are most prominent. The measure of greatness is how one takes care of the disenfranchised and downtrodden. In America, there is the myth that the more money one has the better a person they are. The truth of the matter is that the billionaires and millionaires don’t know what it is like to struggle financially. And if they do have budget problems it is because they desire to live a lavish lifestyle and not out of necessity.
Cannot we all recognize that we are all human beings? Cannot we understand that the purpose of a society is to take care of others in society? That the strong should be willing to share with the weak? Do not take these words as a personal threat but still, they ring true. Hungry people who have no hope for the future become desperate people and they will act violently. More positively out of necessity the poor will form revolutionary groups espousing radical change. History teaches us these things.
We are standing at the crossroads. We cannot go on with the status quo. We still have the time to rectify the situation. And that ‘we’ includes you. Write a politician or make a phone call. Do something. Remember we are all one heart beat away from disaster.
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