So, I just watched the movie Sicko. It basically makes the argument that universal health care is a good idea. It works for Canada, Great Britain, France, and Cuba (and many European countries). Oh and their citizens on average, live longer than Americans. Great Britain considers it, rather than a socialist phenomenon, just part of the way people are supposed to take care of each other in a civilized democracy, like fire departments and public schools.
I am wary of being completely swayed by any one movie or book, or one other person’s opinion. But this put up a pretty good defense. I’m interested to see what the cons to this system would be.
I know the biggest resistance to change towards this system would be from politicians who have their pockets routinely lined by drug company and health insurance lobbyists.
It bothers me when my elected representatives have no interest in my welfare on any issue, because they are too busy getting paid off. But what probably bothers me more is my own apathy (and every one else’s, to a certain extant). Because even if I’m mad about it, what am I going to do about it? I can’t pay a lobbyist to represent me. I can protest, but what does a one man protest do? I can write letters to my representatives, but again, what sway am I going to have over them without a big fat check to sway them?
I guess part of the problem is that, functionally, I live in an aristocracy, not a democracy. An aristocracy is ran by the rich/privileged few. A democracy is run by all. I (perhaps falsely) believe I have no real say in my government. I think most Americans feel that way. We feel like we have no say whatsoever, and that only fuels our apathy all the more. It’s a vicious circle.
So, what to do? I don’t know. But unless lots of us are doing it, it seems like it won’t have a big effect. I don’t want to be a rebel, but I do think some things aren’t working, and people are hurt as a result. What do you think about universal health care? What do you think about governmental change in general? What do you think about protesting? Lobbying?