Before you begin second guessing what I’m about to say, let me state a couple of points:
1. I live in New York State. Hillary Clinton is my senator.
2. I am a registered republican.
3. I was divorced many many years ago from a man who was brilliant, like Bill Clinton, and addicted to alcohol as Bill Clinton is/was addicted to having liaisons — and I wholeheartedly disagreed with Hillary’s decision to stay with her husband after he humiliated her the way he did. Just my opinion, but certainly based on a parallel experience.
4. I am a business owner and a firm believer in making the world go round based on capitalism. I’m all for a profit-driven economic base.
So — now you have some idea of my political, business and personal leanings….
…. and I still say, God Bless Hillary Clinton for giving national health coverage a shot, and adding enough details that it has more substance than lip service. While I don’t know enough about it to tell you she’s now got my vote (I don’t know enough about ANY candidate to have made a decision yet), I do say she has chalked up plenty of bravery, chutzpah and attagirl points to deserve a positive mention on this blog.
I know all that seems quite disconnected, doesn’t it? Who would guess that the same woman — me — described in #1-4 would make such a statement?
Here’s my perspective:
I have stated before that I think it’s important that everyone in this country have access to healthcare. Those who are uninsured or underinsured don’t currently have access that is helpful to them.
I have also stated that I think the solution lies somewhere between that gawdforsaken label “universal” healthcare (representing a solution that is entirely government/public based) and the dysfunctional private-based system we have now.
And that’s what Hillary has suggested: a format for healthcare coverage that provides coverage for everyone, and only involves the government when necessary.
Is it perfect? I can’t imagine it possibly could be. But it’s a starting point.
Will it be expensive, and cost us more than it does now? We don’t know, but yes, it probably will be.
But — at least she has a well-thought-out plan, with enough details that it can be reviewed and analyzed. Hillary’s clearly ready to take on the health insurance companies that will do their d*mndest to make sure she fails. She moved off the mark and stuck her neck out.
Hillary has more cajones than any of her male talk-around-the-subject-and-pretend-you-have-a-clue co-runners.
And you know what? I’m willing and ready to learn more. HOWEVER — and I can’t state this emphatically enough — I WILL ONLY conduct the conversation with anyone who has suffered a major health challenge. Sorry — but those of you who think you have great coverage, and don’t understand the huge holes in the system because it’s never been tested by yourself or a family member who was really sick, or really hurt — your opinions don’t count. Nope. Because you’re living in a healthcare cost bubble that exists only in your mind.
But for those of you who have had a major health challenge, and know what it’s like to have to fight not just the health problems but the financial problems, too — bring it on. I would love to hear what you have to say…. I’m as open minded as anyone who’s been burned by the current system could be.
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