Here is an essay I wrote, this time I cut and pasted, I didn't upload as attachment. It is about a remark most fellow healthcare activists have heard "I don't want to pay for your healthcare!"
“I Don’t Want To Pay For Your Healthcare!” Another essay of John “Hai” Knapp regarding a common response of the conservatives opposing a universal healthcare system. A Folk Musician/singer/songwriter and activist for affordable healthcare. Last update 1/18/2009
During my crusading for affordable healthcare I hear a lot of people, including Christians, replying, “I don’t want to pay for your healthcare!” That sounds incredibly selfish. But, however, I would justify the complaint done by someone who can’t provide health insurance for himself having to pay for the one eligible for Medicaid.
What occurred to me is, you are probably not getting out of paying for other people’s healthcare. In fact, you are probably paying for the healthcare of people who deserve it much less than our current working poor. This condition doesn’t care whether you have medical insurance or not. People in a supply in demand advantage get you to “pay for their healthcare.” When you pay your electric bill, your heating bill, your telephone service, and your cable TV you are making sure that the supplier can provide healthcare for their employees.
In church, more than once, we went over the Bible account of the Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-31; but especially verses 25 – 31 the older son was so angry at how well the younger child was treated after being found. The older son reminds me of the ones that say “I Don’t Want to pay for your healthcare.” The father counseled the older son and said “everything I have is yours; but today, your brother who was dead is alive, who was lost is found.” Nobody expects you to pay for everybody so they don’t have to. Yes, there are going to be those who don’t pay; but that is happening, anyway?
It has also occurred to me that, “I don’t want to pay for your healthcare, either”; but I really far more don’t want to pay for the health insurance company’s abuse of US Citizens and misuse of our payments. I don’t want to pay them to lobby to keep their con-business in place. I don’t want to pay them to research how they can legally get away with denying claims. I don’t want to fund the bribery of the insurance companies to get the decisions of the government in the best interest of the insurance companies.
By far, Conversion to HR-676 single-payer is a much less of the two evils. Of course, I don't see that as an evil, at all. Experts have indicated that through HR-676 it costs less to cover every citizen than our current cut-throat type system. I would rather pay for HR-676 via taxes; even though someone making less may be paying less in taxes. Furthermore, we are doing that already, anyway. We are paying via taxes for those deemed unable to work gainfully to have health insurance through Medicaid or Medicare.
My mom, now retired, use to work for Social Services of Nebraska. She has observed tax spending on filtering those out of Medicaid some who probably need it, but don’t meet their guidelines. The spending of our taxes on their filtering of people ineligible may have gone a long ways toward providing insurance for many more citizens. Yes, more working poor could have been insured and it wouldn’t have costed us tax payers one more dime. No, I’m not telling you that the tax savings would have covered every Nebraskan.
Who needs Medicaid? The ones who are between jobs due to the recession need Medicaid insurance every bit as much as the ones whom the state guidelines says “can’t work”; until they can be restored a job that lets them have insurance affordably. By this I mean, until they have been passed the new job probation period, and become eligible for their work based insurance.
In conclusion, I see the “I don’t want to pay for your healthcare” as the sorriest excuse I’ve ever heard. Making other people pay for my care or anyone else’s care is not the idea at all. In fact the “I don’t want to pay for your healthcare” is an insult. Maybe I don’t want to pay for your care either; but I far more don’t want to line the pocket of the health insurance CEO’s, pay for insurance company’s abuse of citizens, pay the insurance companies to lobby and bribe the government to do things in their best interest; fund research how they can get out of paying customer’s claims. I would rather pay into a national pool; even though it may mean someone who makes less than me pays less taxes, so I have to take up some of his share. At the time of the essay, I would be at a low tax bracket; but that would be an incentive to get America working again, so I will be at the higher tax bracket.
There are many factories moved oversea,
still one remains hope long it will be.
It’s the Charger Plant, the Brave White Knight,
good going friends, keep up the good fight.
A-For-Da-Ble Health’ will save our economy,
It is in the best interest of everybody,
If every job moves out of the country,
Than (tell me!) whose gonna pay the medical fee?
--Original song of mine, The Charger Plant, concerned healthcare crisis will eat up our jobs.