2012

18 July 2012: Health insurance a basic necessity

Health Insurance a basic necessity

Citizens!  Throw off your shackles and cast off the jackboot of Big Government crushing your neck, stealing your money, and stifling your ability to conduct business and earn a living!

Who woulda thunk it would happen here in—gasp!—Colorado, the land to which John Galt, the mythical hero of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, fled?

Attorney General John Suthers, where art thou?  Why art thou not protecting your flock against this heinous intrusion on personal liberty?

Zounds!  Colorado requires every auto owner to purchase insurance.  That’s right!  With your right to own a Lexus or Civic, comes the privilege of enriching the coffers of Big Auto Insurers.

Yes, it sucks, but sorry, bub, with rights come responsibility and obligation.

Of course, no one is holding a gun to your head demanding you buy a vehicle.  Arguably, it’s a life-style choice, although in this modern, wide-spread society, unless one lives within a region in which mass transit is provided—urban and suburbia—you’re screwed.  At least it’s an equal-opportunity screwing: mountain dweller or eastern plains farmer, your plight is identical.

That argument of choice is similar for life and property insurance: Both are optional.  Good to have, but in the end, a personal call.

But health insurance?  There isn’t choice.  Everyone has a body.  It’s a prerequisite for being human.  And the body with which you’re making your way through life is not a result of choice: It came with the package, and the seven billion packages occupying Mother Earth do vary.

Some are fortunate to occupy relatively healthy physiological structures; others are not so blessed.

Some are born with Type I diabetes, neurological disorders, or other maladies.  They come with the territory, and life, as we know or at least can imagine, is tough enough for those less-than-fortunate ones without requiring them to go through the ordeal, the cruel and unusual punishment of accessing health care.

Then there is the fact that to live, one must eat, and to eat, one must work.  Not only does life demand that, so does our class-based capitalistic system.

What we have been conditioned, acculturated to eat by Big Food and Big Agri-business, our daily bread, is lethal, replete with fats, sugars and empty carbohydrates that convert to sugar.  The result: a pandemic of obesity, heart disease, and Type II diabetes.

Personal liberty?  Try buying nutritious food on a low or even modest income.  If you’re there, an unhappy life of poor health is likely your future.

With class comes privilege and POWER, and thanks to one of most odious rulings of the Supreme Court—Citizens United v. FEC that equates wealth to free speech and in godlike manner has created a new form of humans: corporations—those with privilege have more rights.

Thus, we near the bottom of the wealth totem pole from workers to small business owners, enjoy the blessing of living day-to-day, grateful for our daily bread, not from Our Father Who Art in Heaven, but from wealthy elites who occupy Wall St., Big Banks, and potentially, if enough voters in November prefer, the White House.

Since the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act, the national version of Romneycare, orchestrated, silly, and inane Republican talking points about the federal government now being empowered to control even the tiniest aspects of our private lives, from what we eat to what we drive, have been making their way through the media.

Hysteria on steroids.

The irony is they emanate from the same folks who brought you the PATRIOT Act and don’t mind living in a society in which lives are controlled by corporations.

Since Richard Nixon, the health insurance industry has grown into a leech, a blood-sucking behemoth standing betwixt you and your right to good health care.  Consequently, what is a right has been subsumed by a profit-making, money-grubbing system.

Nonetheless, it’s the reality in which we must operate.

As a commodity, health insurance is different from other insurance types.  If you live and live in America, you have no choice.  It’s essentially a basic need, ranking right next to food, clothing, and shelter.  So much for personal liberty.

The Affordable Care Act penalizes those who game the system, freeloaders who refuse to ante up and buy what 99 percent of us do: buy health insurance.  Penalty or tax, its nomenclature ought not matter to the 99 percent who carry insurance because the law’s mandate, a Republican inception demanding personal responsibility, costs you nothing.

Chew on that broccoli.

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