Monday, March 22, 2010

Health Care Bill

There has been a lot of activity this morning online with people either rejoicing or complaining about the health care bill. Frankly, I don't understand why everyone is arguing about it.

If you don't like the bill and can do something to change it, then get to work. Otherwise stop complaining. We live in a country where our elected representatives make decisions on our behalf, and we are not always going to agree with those decisions. But we have a responsibility as American citizens to submit to our country's leadership. If you are that unhappy, you can always move to China.

If you are happy about the bill, good for you. But don't chew out people who are against the bill, because you have no idea where they are coming from. It may be hard for Middle Class America to understand but some people are literally so poor that they cannot afford to buy food and gas every week, let alone health insurance. For them, mandatory health insurance is a financial impossibility.

I'm sure there are many people who will be helped by the new healthcare bill, but there are others who will not be helped, and may even be hurt by it. Unfortunately, because of the socioeconomic diversity that exists in the United States, no one healthcare plan is capable of serving the needs of every single person.

Whether you agree with the bill or not, arguing amongst each other is unproductive. It is a physical impossibility for every U.S. citizen to agree with any measure of health care reform, so we may as well try to make the best of things. Try to see this situation from another point of view. You don't have to agree with the other view, only accept that people in this country have the right to hold opposing views.

And, as my friend Luke so aptly pointed out this morning, remember that our citizenship is in heaven; this is just a temporary stop on our way to eternity.

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