So after all the controversy over this health care reform/overhaul/selling our souls to the devil/whatever you call it, it’s been passed. Or some skeletal structure of the original bill has. But hey, it’s a start. And for those of you who cry “Socialism!” – what’s so bad about that? Libraries, schools, roads, MediCare and Medicaid – it’s no different. And, as has been pointed out countless times over the past year (decade… whatever), we are among the last developed countries to not have socialized health care. It’s my personal opinion that those who argue that they don’t want to have to pay for others’ health care – that, to quote a classmate of mine, “shit happens” and people should deal with it – these people (in general) have questionable morals in my mind. They’re saying they don’t care about others, that they value money and the freedom to go bankrupt themselves over health care costs* rather than spread the cost over the country and have an equal bill.
*It seems to me that most people who protest the bill already have health care (IN GENERAL). How many uninsured single-parent types do you hear saying, “No! They’re going to insure us! Nooo! Freedom!” etc.?
For a handy little rumor-squashing 10-bullet summary of what the bill will bring about, check out PolitiFact’s article.
Well, now I’m all incensed about this. But, to change the subject:
Today at school, there was a presentation for Invisible Children and it made me want to do something. I’m not sure what, though… but I’ll think of something… That on top of the UN study that reported that more people die annually from contaminated water and contaminated water-related illnesses than all other forms of violence combined. That seems like it should be – is – a basic human right that needs to be amended as soon as possible. I mean, peace is desirable but war is inevitable – clean water is doable. Then there was Big Picture’s World Water Day photo series that drilled the point home. Take a look, people. It makes you think and look outside your own safe haven of a world and look at things that you probably don’t consider on a daily basis.
A boy swimming in a trash-filled lake in Manila Bay. (Reuters)
Determination in northern Kenya. After carrying gallons for miles, the women who gather these buckets compete with livestock to drink. (Nat’l Geo.)
Northern Kenya. (Nat’l Geo.)
A man drinking from a pipe in the ravaged city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Getty Images)
Mahendra Kumar surfaces to catch his breath as he dives into a polluted section of the River Yamuna to scavenge for ornaments and coins left by Hindu rituals at the river bank, in New Delhi, India, Monday, March 22, 2010. Officials say factories are ignoring regulations and dumping untreated sewage and industrial pollution, turning toxic the river that gives the capital much of its drinking water. (AP Photo)
A man paddling through a sea of dead fish in a tributary of the Amazon River. (Reuters)
Striking and thought-provoking, no?