So, I'm probably going to get lambasted for this, but I truly believe that Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, comes down to two ideals. If you are for Obamacare, then you realize the ability for millions of Americans to be able to have healthcare. If you are against Obamacare, then you realize the large cost of healthcare in America, and how it cuts into your profit margins.
I think it goes without saying, that health care in America is damn expensive. For those of you who have health benefits, take a gander at your latest statement or paystub, and see just how much it costs your employer, the state, and the federal government, to subsidize that operation you had last year, or that cast for your kid's broken leg. And it should be no surprise to anyone, that folks who do not have health benefits but need emergency services, costs everybody money. Nothing is free, after all.
So it stands to reason that for the cost of having health insurance, somebody has to pay for it. But what ever happened to people helping one another, and caring for each other? When your friend or neighbor needs help, do you offer your assistance, or do you look the other way, and say "sucks to be you." Our nation was founded by independence, but forged in the willingness to support and help each other.
I hate to think that the almighty ideals of capitalism have taken such a hold on Americans, that all we care to worry about is "who's paying for my healthcare?" or "hey, that's not my fault, why do I have to pay for it?" It's when entitlement evolves into "every man for himself" that we as a nation begin to lose who we are -- our ideals as a people who come together, are slowly giving way to "get your hands off of my profits!"
Okay, sure there are instances of people who cheat the system, take what is not theirs, or come to America in search of easy money and free aspirin -- but this should not become a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
For any of us, all it takes is just one instance where we get injured, and are without health care. Try it, and let me know how much fun you have trying to see a doctor. I can tell you that healthcare, no matter the cost, is plainly and simply, the act of humanity -- caring for the life of a human being. If profits get affected, you shouldn't be surprised about it, the same way you shouldn't be surprised to know how much it costs to send your child to NYU (which, by the way, comes to roughly $60,000 in tuition and random costs for the first year).
The point is that everything costs money, and I would think people would see spending money for the well-being of people as a good thing. But then again, I'm not a business owner, nor am I a multi-million dollar corporation.
Health care is the act of caring for the health and well-being of people, be they elderly, poor, disabled, veterans, you name it.
Since when did caring for other human beings have anything to do with protecting profits?
Oops, I forgot, humanity doesn't measure up to profitability in a capitalist society.