I guess when it comes to the issue of health care for me personally, it boils down to this:
We spend a crapload of money on crap I don't support at all. I feel like government sponsored health insurance is a huge benefit to this country as a whole. (Except insurance companies, who happen to be my employers.) I don't mind paying higher taxes and possibly having to change careers if it means the whole country can have access to decent health care. I feel it's as important as (if not more important than) education. My son goes to public school . I went to public school. The public schools did not put the private schools out of business. I say we make health coverage more of a priority and cut the fat from other areas and if it requires that we raise taxes on the upper-middle class and higher, fine. I think Americans have lost touch with what "middle class means." There are a crapload of people who consider themselves "middle class" who own huge bass boats and multiple water-sport vehicles, own rental properties, go on 3 or 4 vacations a year, have "another house out in the country" for weekends, buy a new car every 3 years, always have the latest cell phone, or big screen TV, or whatever. That's all fine, but is it really "middle class?" So if the government wants to tax me more so I can't afford a bass boat, or a vacation every year, or I gotta watch my big old fat TV instead of a flat screen, but they guarantee health care for the poor kids in the hood, I'm OK with that. I'm not sure if that makes me a Socialist, or a Christian, or an idiot, but whatever. That's how I roll.
Posted on Oct 16, 2009, 2:13 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124