It pains me to think that the world views us as we see ourselves on television. An ignorant group of people little improved from a howling group of monkeys throwing feces at the sky. And unfortunately, the debate over healthcare seems to have disintegrated into something very similar.
Thousands of Chicken Little’s running around in fear that the sky is falling. I particularly like the neo-fascist signs, the socialist-Obama slogans and especially the effigies. But let’s face it, there’s a lot of media influence whipping this up. You know who you are.
What I find most interesting is the average age of these protestors. They all seem to be of retiree age. Hmm. Let me get this straight, the group that has done the best job of completely screwing up the economic and social principles of the United States is outraged that our country would support a socialist program?
Have you looked at your Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security checks recently?
As an individual with more than three decades to go before I can start collecting Social Security checks it’s pretty much a given for me and most of my generation that we won’t see a dime of our Social Security deposits.
The money sucking generation of boomers is going to suck the nation dry with your entitlement programs and state and national pensions, and yet I don’t see you protesting those on the hill.
I like to think my Social Security withdrawals are going to my parents. At least they’re grateful. Especially when compared to the group on the National Mall the other day. If any of them are opposed to socialist programs I urge them to put their money where their mouth is and send those government checks back.
But healthcare reform isn’t just a social program., and that hasn’t been portrayed by the media.
The political ads show you examples of prisoners or sex offenders getting Viagra, but they don’t show the millions of individuals under 40 that don’t go to the doctor because they can’t afford to - Or the millions of elderly that can’t afford their needed medications.
There has always been the same kinds of fear-mongering and revolts whenever a new national social program is created. From Social Security on down, we’re afraid of socialism - And rightfully so. But rest assured, neither Obama nor this new healthcare bill will tip us over the edge.
The fact remains that our nation’s health system is seriously broken. Blame whomever you want, the HMO companies, the government rules/regulations, greedy corporations, drug companies, lawyers gone wild, doctors without scruples, etc… The list of potential scapegoats is long and character-filled.
I think parties from both sides can agree that our healthcare system needs help.
We need a quasi-public organization similar to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac that is big enough to create accepted rules and bring order to this industry. I know someone is already scoffing at my Fannie and Freddie references, but the recent housing bust wasn’t entirely of their making. For many decades they did their job without concern, profitably, and (perhaps most importantly) without cost to the taxpayers. Their practices become industry standards. And yet no one considers them socialist organizations.
Look closely at the principles behind the bill and you’ll see that it’s a first step behind moving us in the right direction. The SEC took a better part of a decade to get right, and it’s still retooling. Is this first version of this healthcare bill going to be perfect: no… Not by a long-shot. But it’ll be a start.
And once the markets can get inside the new regulations and figure out the new landscape for healthcare, we’ll figure out ways to make money. Perhaps piles more than the current companies are doing now. Look at the explosion of mortgage companies under Fannie Mae, and you’ll see where I’m headed with this.
Will there be losers in all of this: I’m sure. Where? Who knows. But at the end of the day, we’ll have accomplished something that we all want: a stable U.S. economy and healthcare for those who need it.
For the same reasons we like unemployment benefits for millions of hardworking employees laid off in the recession or Headstart programs for young children, we like healthcare reform. It’s ok to have social programs in a capitalist system.
But for you die hard sociopaths, the real reason that we should be celebrating a new bill, is because there are going to be plenty of ways to make a buck off this new bill. Can I get a “whoa” capitalism.
As for the misdirected anger from the boomers at their fiscal and financial situations (which is really what these protests boil down to), I recommend you take a page out of the movie playbook from my generation: Fight Club.
“You are not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive.” “We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won't. We're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off. “
Protesting is a little 1960s. If you’re looking for an outlet for this anger, try Xbox360 or even Playstation. I hear God of War 3 is righteous.
Disclosure: No positions