In layman’s terms, the phrase “layman’s terms” refers to an explanation given so that the average Joe can understand it. It is an idea explained (perhaps by an expert) in a manner that a layperson, or non-expert, can easily grasp. But seeing as how many of America’s laypersons are out of work and uninsured, I could probably stand to just wing this one.
So, let’s start at the beginning–as it is a good place to start just about anything.
National Health Care has been debated for quite some time. Teddy Roosevelt was the first to openly discuss it; and interestingly, openly anti-religion. Bill Clinton fought for Health Care, but pretty much fucked it up because his administration had no idea what they were doing. And now, Barack Obama (that black guy on TV…you know, the presidential one) is making a serious attempt to right those wrongs.
But, as there is with anything else, there is a heated debate. The voices of this debate come from many faces, so let’s examine them.
1. Obama–Whether you like him or not, he is our president. He hasn’t even held the office for one year and already, he’s facing an unprecidented level of criticism; but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The president should be criticized; should be scrutinized…otherwise, our government would be no fun.
Obama ran on a platform of Universal Health Care, a concept that would provide for “free” medical service for the people of the United States. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Should health care be as “free” as police officers, fire fighters, public schools, parks, roads, and recreational areas? Should the government provide for our health as well as our domestic security? Obama says: Abso-fucking-lutely (in so many words).
2. Democrats–This is a lollipop time for Democrats. They have crazy majorities in the Legislature as well as having a fairly straightforward liberal in the White House…so why can’t they pass this fucking thing? Well, there’s a simple answer: nobody knows what “this thing” is.
As per most of the bills passed in this country, nobody in our elected Congress feels the need to actually read or look into what they actually say. If the Democrats could all get together and do something as one unified front, they wouldn’t be Democrats…but also, they wouldn’t have minds of their own. Whether they’re wrong or right, these handful of Democrats are uncomfortable with voting for something that may not be ideal.
3. Conservatives–Fiscal Conservatives feel that spending more money to solve our problems is hardly the answer. Some Conservatives seek Health Care Reform, but not Socialized Medicine. Others seriously consider the notion that the responsibility of the government is not to babysit the American people. The citizens need to be responsible for themselves, and only themselves–an interesting concept that may not be possible in our culture.
The only problem here is that Republican Conservatives who fit these categories still have no alternative solution to Obama’s Health Care reform. They only offer dissent and opposition.
4. Liberals–While it is about time that Liberal Americans can finally stand by their president, many of them are unhappy with Obama’s abandonment of issues like Gay Marriage (although Obama never claimed to be Pro-Gay Marriage). But this debate is about Health Care, so let’s talk about that.
Obama’s original stance was strong on a “Public Option,” which is political-speak for Government Sponsored Health Care as an alternative to already-existing insurance companies. Suddenly, this concept has taken so much attack that it has become a back-burner issue. Many Liberals are upset about this. They expected Obama to be strong on Socialized Medicine.
5. Racists–Those involved in this debate have been attempting to keep this group on-topic, but there is no doubt that these individuals are being utilized as a strong voice of the Anti-Obama movement. They use redderick to suggest that Obama is not qualified to be president, or that he is somehow inelligible, or that he is a secret Terrorist/Communist. These tactics are used to distract from the actual Health Care debate, and fix the conversation so that it focuses more on the defense of Obama’s presidency, and less on reform.
6. LaRouche Movement–You know those protestors you see on TV? The ones marching on Washington with Obama=Hitler signs, and showing up at Town Hall Meetings spouting nonsense about the administration’s plans? They’re not Conservative Nutjobs. They’re Liberal Nutjobs. They are followers of Democratic Presidential hopeful Lyndon LaRouche.
The Right is now using this aggression to get their point across, yet these were the same people who have been calling George Bush the AntiChrist for the past 8 years. If you do some homework, you’ll find that these people aren’t specifically against Obama, they’re actually just against ANYONE who isn’t Lyndon LaRouche–a failure and psychopath who uses brainwashed college students to further his agenda of being the President of Batshit Crazytown.
7. Hypocrites and Idiots–The problem with any debate is that there are always–on both sides–individuals who speak and act without rhyme or reason. Some people have no sense of logic, but what they lack in common sense, they make up for in being the extremely loud and obnoxious voice of America.
That’s right. For once, you have to sit back and acknowledge that you don’t know what’s best for everyone. You know what’s best for you–and in reality, that’s all anyone knows. The duty of the President is–but shouldn’t necessarily be–to figure out exactly what is best for everyone…and surrounding him are the people he feels are best to help him figure that out.
When you say: I don’t want my tax dollars paying for a drug addict’s hospital bills, you need to think twice about what your tax dollars already pay for. The selfish and pig-ignorant arguments don’t work anymore. As we advance as a society, we need to have real debate about issues that effect us.
While we are beginning to see strong debates over the environment, green technology and our natural resources, we are certainly not seeing an educated one. When having a debate, you need two people who aren’t laypeople. You need two experts in their field to come to some reasoned conclusions.
Right now, we have one side saying: We should have Universal Health Care because people get sick and can’t financially afford to get help.
…one side saying: Yeah? Well fuck ’em.
…one side saying: I don’t like that idea. Come up with one that I’ll like. I’ll let you know when you do.
…and still another saying: I’m the King of the Potato People! Climb aboard my Magic Carpet!
If there is no serious debate, there is no reform, there is no progress, and there is no country. You fuckers need to grow up…and fast…because I don’t know if my face is red because I’m so angry–or if I need to go to the hospital.
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