Let me explain a social norm here. Maybe it isn’t a social norm anymore, but I happen to believe that saying someone should die is completely unacceptable. No matter who they are. People have been trying to cloak this in quasi-religious terms like “these are my core political beliefs.” And what if I said my core political belief was that your favorite person should get trampled by stampeding boars? Does that make it okay? No – saying you believe someone should die is never okay. Saying someone is a friend and in the same breath saying they should be left to die for lack of medical care is in fact, the same as saying you believe they should die.
See, without some sort of meaningful health care reform, which includes forcing insurers to do things they don’t want or gods forbid, actually fixing this completely broken “system,“ I WILL DIE. This is not “might die,” this is not “could die,” this is not “will die sooner.” I will suffer an excruciating, ugly, horrifying death I would not wish on my worst enemy. Full stop.
And it’s not just me. It’s millions of people. It’s some of my closest friends too. So, yeah, it’s personal. It’s always going to be personal for me. Because this is what I have to live with and worry about every day.
And to have the absolute gall to imply that this is a result of us “not working hard enough” or failing to “fix our situations” or blaming us in any way. That is the most insulting, most ignorant, most hateful, and most hurtful lie there is. It is complete bullshit, and shame on anyone who would spread this absolutely false information. And how dare anyone accuse us of not working hard enough. I work my ass off – far more than most people have probably ever done in their lives. I log on average 16 hours a day, working to get Tiger South launched. 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. Prior to that? I couldn’t take a vacation for 12 YEARS and the last one I had was in 2008, excepting one day at VMworld in 2010.
When I apply for health insurance, do you know what happens? They say no. Do you know why they say no? Because I’m not profitable and because I require medical care. And still do. If I’m lucky I will get to pay >8x the premiums YOU do and continually have claims denied. So unless you’re in my boat, you most likely have absolutely no business saying one word about the problems with health care in America. Ever. Watching a bunch of talking heads on TV does not make you informed – it makes you a gullible idiot, their favorite audience. On both sides of the debate. There is no truth from either side – they’re all lying to score points with their quasi-religious political base.
This is not an issue where people “need to shut up and pull themselves up by their bootstraps.” It’s quasi-religious political rhetoric that caters to the ignorant extremist bases the politicians have cultivated. Again, on BOTH SIDES. There are no innocents here, just corrupt politicians lying to everyone. So you left-wingers need to take notice too."
— In which an acquaintance of mine makes the very personal case for why simply letting the free market sort out the systemic problems in US healthcare is unethical, unworkable and morally repugnant. Unless of course you see no problem with letting a lot of people die because it’s not profitable for insurance companies to cover them.