An argument for national healthcare

By Stevin Avila |Staff Writer|

With the Richmond Times-Dispatch reporting uninsured Americans are costing the system $43 billion a year and The USA Today reporting 50.7 million uninsured Americans, now is the perfect time for the healthcare reform Congress passed.

The idea of repealing this reform in any state is outrageous. While 100,000 uninsured people would be helped in Virginia alone, Reuters reports the law is set to supply over 30 million Americans nationwide with medical coverage.

Even with over 25 states involved in a multi-state lawsuit in an attempt to abolish President Obama’s health care reform, as reiterated on, the Supreme Court recently shot down Virginia’s attempt to expedite the case directly to the Court.

Virginia Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli is quoted by Reuters as arguing that “states were spending huge sums of money” to implement the law.

It’s true carrying out this law will cost money but what doesn’t?  Dragging it through lawsuit after lawsuit certainly does just that. quoted Brian Moran, chairman of the Democratic Party of Viriginia, as saying the law, despite the individual mandate, “allows more than 100,000 people to maintain their health insurance.”

That brings up the most important point to this debacle. Yes, it’s going to cost money, but what do the purveyors of these lawsuits have against insuring these people?

I’ve seen firsthand that a single trip to the ER or Urgent Care can cost a person hundreds of dollars, with insurance. Americans are guaranteed the right to life; I can tell you that’s difficult to accomplish if you’re sick and can’t get proper medical care.

Cuccinelli seems to think any benefit of this law doesn’t outweigh the cost and that it’s not constitutional. With this man’s track record I’m not that surprised.

This is the same attorney who proposed Senate bill 339 a proposal that would deny unemployment benefits to workers unable to speak English.

He’s also the same man who believes sexual orientation shouldn’t be protected under Virginia universities’ anti-discrimination policies, as reported by the Washington Post. Why not rob people their chance at health insurance while he’s at it?

Imagine yourself one of those 30 million if you’re not already.  Where are these politicians’ and attorneys’ compassion in the first place?

It seems they’re so concerned with things like government intrusion (which this is not by the way) that they’re forgetting about the people who are sick or dying because they can’t afford proper care.

I spoke with a CSUSB English professor who brought up an amusing but illuminating point on this issue.
While on a book tour in Russia, he was asked by a crowd why Americans don’t want affordable health care for everyone.  He explained people here feel it’s the first step to socialism.

They greeted him to bursts of laughter and shouts of “You guys don’t even know what that word means!”

What does that tell you?  Political and legal leaders are so paranoid about something like this that they have to blow up a beneficial idea into something it’s not.

Bottom line: health care reform isn’t going to lead us to a police state.  We need to keep this law intact and help both our fellow man and our future generations.