Monday, June 22, 2009

Somewhere in the horizon is a health care system of the people, by the people and for the People.

An annonymous writer once said: “If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” In the spirit of this annonymous saying the greatest American President ever known, whom our current President touts as a role model, invested huge govenment expenditure to improve bridges, railroads, canals, college education and the lots of ordinary workers. I believe that President Lincoln, if confronted with the current Health Care System in his time, would have done the same, invested the state’s money, time and wisdom in seeing that ordinary Americans get a shot at the type of health care system that does not bankrupt them or their enterprises. Like a resourceful leader, Lincoln kept his eyes on the sparrow believing in a conviction that a good government must be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, including my friends of the skid rows in Los Angeles.

The answer to the question of whether President Obama should spend some of our tax income in restructuring our healthcare system would not have been complicated if we see health care for Americans as a matter of rights rather than priviledge. The question that surfaced again and again with Lincoln’s proclaimation is that the purpose of government is to attend to the welfare of the citizens. If this identification is true, President Obama must hold this to be self-evident that as in the reform of American Education System through the introduction of the land-grant University System, a concept percieved as radical in college education during Lincoln's years, the reform of our healthcare system is imperative, if we are to meet the needs of the people.This notion, which is percieved as radical at this time of economic depression, can only be construed as good governance. If Obama's administration is able to guide us through the rough waters of criticism to achieving affordable healthcare for Americans, he would have written his name in the annals of political reform and democratic excellence. Quality and affordable health care services must not remain the prerogative of the rich and privileged. The people, ordinary workers, whom President Lincoln was addressing in his pedigree are facing once again a challenge that requires a Messiah like him, to lead us out of the wilderness of deprivation of insurance companies who will like to continue to amass wealth from their annihilating insurance premiums; and, medical doctors who will like to continue to bill us for endless and unnecessary lab tests and medical procedures.

In the spirit of Lincoln assertion of what good government is, Americans require an healthcare system of the people, by the people and for the people. If our health care system is of the people, it will respond to our flexible healthcare needs. It will allow the people to recieve medical care from any provider of their choice, it will give them the freedom to carry their healthcare benefits when changing jobs, it will not allow the people to remain at the mercy of gluttonous insurance companies who will like to amass profits at the expense of the welfare of the people. Finally, if the healthcare system is for the people, it will attend to their immediate and long-term medical care needs, whether at a general practitioner’s clinic or at a specialist hospital. The system will not restrict treatment to the citizens because of pre-existing conditions or because the HMO has not given prior approval for treatment. The President must continue to see the necessary reform in our broken health care system as an obligation to good governance.

I will like to change the way people, especially critical Republicans, see the current President's effort to reform our health care system? Can you people please work with me?
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