Friday, October 25, 2013

Perspective from another Perspective

The same people who are throwing fits about the concept of Universal Healthcare are the same type of people who:

in Ireland rioted for a week after the release of the play The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge.

rejected the art of Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse as ridiculous.

as members of the Paris Academy ejected Maurice Ravel in 1903.

scorned the music of Gustav Mahler, Wagner, Debussy and Schoenberg.

rioted in the streets of Paris following the release of Igor Stravinksy's Rites of Spring.

declared that Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys was un-listenable.

They will be on the wrong side of history when all is said and done. There are serious flaws with "Obamacare." But don't obfuscate the issue with flaws in the Obamacare Website roll-out. Flaws there will be but I applaud the first efforts in a revolution to provide affordable healthcare for ALL people. First efforts are often sloppy but you have to take the first step. Outlawing pre-existing condition clauses and raising the age children can remain on their parent's insurance, allowing someone who works 40 hours a week on minimum wage access to affordable healthcare...these are bad things? 

Enabling people to get preventive screenings and visits that potentially ward off more expensive health issues...these are bad things? Giving insurance companies more competition for health care? I thought competition was a conservative and capitalist value.

Overreach? We require students to get an education until their mid-teens. We regulate food and drugs. We require protection against workplace abuses. We require drivers to carry insurance. Overreach? Or prudent governance?

This is tyranny?


Decades from now our children will be amazed that this was even a debate. 

painting: Riot in the Galleria. Umberto Boccioni. 1910