I am seriously annoyed at the Health Care Reform “debate” that’s swirling through American politics and being blared from the television and radio 24/7 and talked about endlessly on blogs. As I’ve said before, as soon as the rhetoric on the right gets ramped up to accusing all leftists of being “Communists” and as soon as the left begins calling right-wingers fascists and as soon as both sides start comparing each other to Hitler’s Germany, I know for a fact that the game is lost.
The only reasoned voice out there is my pop culture and mythological hero, Camille Paglia, who writes:
Both major parties have become a rats’ nest of hypocrisy and incompetence. That, combined with our stratospheric, near-criminal indebtedness to China (which could destroy the dollar overnight), should raise signal flags. Are we like late Rome, infatuated with past glories, ruled by a complacent, greedy elite, and hopelessly powerless to respond to changing conditions?
What does either party stand for these days? Republican politicians, with their endless scandals, are hardly exemplars of traditional moral values. Nor have they generated new ideas for healthcare, except for medical savings accounts, which would be pathetically inadequate in a major crisis for anyone earning at or below a median income.
And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the “mob” — a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.
But somehow liberals have drifted into a strange servility toward big government, which they revere as a godlike foster father-mother who can dispense all bounty and magically heal all ills. The ethical collapse of the left was nowhere more evident than in the near total silence of liberal media and Web sites at the Obama administration’s outrageous solicitation to private citizens to report unacceptable “casual conversations” to the White House. If Republicans had done this, there would have been an angry explosion by Democrats from coast to coast. I was stunned at the failure of liberals to see the blatant totalitarianism in this incident, which the president should have immediately denounced. His failure to do so implicates him in it.
Please read the entire piece at Salon. It’s so worth it to hear a reasoned voice between the ever increasing poles of politics foisted on us by the media. I am neither left or right and am truly sickened by both camps. Where are those who don’t ascribe to either side? Where is the reasoned true debate? Where are the progressive Christians who should be preaching the social justice issue of health care and affordable insurance coverage for all? Where are the reasonable Democrats, as Paglia asks, “attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure?” Why is dissent allowed for one party and not for another? Why all the acrimony and name-calling, all the rush to pass bills without reading them, and all the fighting? I’ll tell you why, it’s power politics at its dirtiest and who’s going to pay for all this? We are. And I don’t mean pay necessarily in money, but in the backlash of hatred and lack of compromise and complete lack of healthcare.
Do you want real? Here’s reality. When I get divorced from my husband, I will have no health insurance. I cannot buy private insurance because of the small fact that I have a stent in one artery. I am uninsurable. I will not make the insurance company money. I am a risk. I do not have health insurance where I work, so group insurance is unavailable. So where does that leave me? At the mercy of a major health incident and bankruptcy. It also leaves me with no way to pay for prescriptions at full price. My choice? Not to go to the doctor if I am ill and to give up my medically necessary prescriptions. Now that’s reality! Funny, nobody really cares about the debates until it hits close to home, me included. However the debate no longer exists among the shrillness of party politics. Remember this, however: politicians NEVER have to worry about health care or insurance.