Opinion: Health care reform isn’t a moral imperative

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 2:00am
Tony Zizza

Writing in a local newspaper on July 26, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Nashville) wants us to somehow believe that “every American deserves comprehensive health care. It is a moral imperative,” he says.

Nothing could be more wrong. Nothing could be more subjective. Nothing could be more hypocritical.

Does Rep. Cooper think the estimated 10-12 million illegal immigrants that are here deserve comprehensive health care? They're always included in the estimated 46-50 million Americans supposedly without any hope of ever getting health insurance.

But paid for by whom? What does "comprehensive" mean? Free?

I find it fascinating that politicians bring out the morality card when it's time to start spending other people's money. Or in the case of the present health care legislation, the money of our children, and their grandchildren. Rep. Cooper has no reason to feel reluctant in how he intends to vote on the House bill. He is merely listening to his employer. That is, taxpayers who are sick and tired of being driven into the ground like a lawn dart.

Here's what I don't understand. Why don't words have meaning any longer? If they did, politicians would be honest and admit that they're trying to deliver socialized medicine to the American people. How else can you honestly define current health care legislation? Again, the very people politicians are supposed to represent are pushed aside in favor of special interest groups and individual "victims" that toe the party line.

I would like for someone to please explain to me what the difference is in practice — never mind theory — between socialized medicine, the "comprehensive" health care legislation being proposed, and the proposed health care "overhaul."

Oh, let's not forget what it means to actually revamp health care. And around and around we go, trying to keep a straight face while we lie to ourselves about what's really going on.

What's really going on is politics as usual. According to Cooper, “President Obama deserves a health-care reform bill worthy of the hope and change that he promised during the campaign. Congress should work harder to give him that bill.”

Rep. Cooper has things completely backwards. It's offensive. Congress does not exist to give the President what they feel he or she deserves. Congress should not spend their time on our dime making sure subjective political promises of "hope and change" are honored.

The health of the American people is too precious to go the way of socialized medicine. From what I understand, the nightmare that is Canadian health care started out with the same lies we are hearing now. That is, we need a government option plan to compete with the private insurance companies.

Um, sorry — this isn't how free and open countries were meant to operate. A government option plan in health care is just another attempt by the government to convince you that two plus two really equals five.

So while it's a good thing some Blue Dog Democrats are helping to slow our insane march to socialized medicine, our work has just begun. It's time to remind anyone with a pulse that if you don't think that the government has done an excellent job with housing, banking, cutting waste, or making the postal service profitable after all these years, it's absolutely scary to think what they will do to the American health care system.

We'll surely need more body bags. It's not like there is somewhere better to go.

Tony Zizza is a freelance writer who lives in Hermitage. Contact him at tz777@comcast.net

4 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 7/29/09 at 6:48

Cooper gives barry anything he wants, except for the money of cource , that they confiscate from us.

The dems are out of control with their spending and yet they have the nerve to critisize Bush, who looks like a cheapskate compared to them.

By: nashbeck on 7/29/09 at 7:10

idgaf, this doesn't happen often, but I can proudly say I agree with you.

By: johnnyC on 7/29/09 at 9:14

What does "comprehensive" mean?

I would like for someone to please explain to me what the difference is in practice — never mind theory — between socialized medicine, the "comprehensive" health care legislation being proposedand the proposed health care "overhaul."

I'll give the writer points for at least admitting his ignorance.

By: Kosh III on 7/29/09 at 12:58

"Socialized" medicine is just a scare word used by those who want to keep their power. "Socialized" medicine works quite well in many countries including Canada. Turn off Rush Drugbaugh.