You cannot put a price on saving lives.” That seems to be the overwhelming sentiment
of people with families to raise, children with devastating illnesses, the
non-terminally ill elderly, everyone except those that harbor a contrary view of
“I don’t care.”

What might that view be: “Let ’em remain sick; let ’em die!” That doesn’t seem very
neighborly, Christian, Jewish, Islamic or religiously mainstream. Perhaps they
simply do not want to take on the mantel of being “my brother’s helper.”

Decades ago, recognizing that a healthy nation was a more productive and stable nation,
this country’s Congress passed and the president signed the Medicare/Medicaid
Act. Unfortunately, it did not provide health insurance or a health care system
for all of our citizens. Perhaps now that the economy is robust this America
First administration will actually put America’s families and their health
first!

Are there any elected or appointed government officials at any level or branch of
government who do not have government, taxpayer-subsidized health insurance or
health care? No.

It is hypocritical for the government to vehemently deny the same to us all.

We have the funds to make America healthy rather than to continue the higher cost
of a sick America. The issue is whether we and our congress can muster the
courage required to get the income to make it happen.

Healthcare must be universal. It could be single-payer, like Medicare, or socialized, like
the VA, or a two-payer system, like Medicaid. It must cover pre-existing
conditions.

Stop demonizing government assistance; we already have it and it works better than
not having it for both the wealthy and not so wealthy.

We bend over backward to make our corporate families healthy. Some of us declare
that regulations designed to protect the health of American families are an
anathema to financially healthy corporations. Many of us, especially major
shareholders, seem to care less about the health of the neighbor kid, than the
Wall Street corporations.

Whenever an exigency arises we respond without an immediate thought or concern for the
cost. If we need school resource officers or the weather causes mass destruction
we roll up our sleeves and do whatever it takes!

Isn’t our failing national health system an emergency? Don’t we need to move heaven
and earth in order to ensure our people are healthy? Don’t we need to assure our
people need not declare financial bankruptcy for the inability to pay medical
bills? Doesn’t a Great America envision everyone being prosperous? How can one
be prosperous if unhealthy or unable to overcome illness due to inadequate
health care or health insurance?

admire and certainly appreciate those of us who by our intellect, work, vision,
belief, and commitment have achieved financial success. Using the American
infrastructure, including roadways, airports, seaports, communications and
trained workers, they have made very profitable businesses and achieved an
enviable standard of living. They can contribute more of their income to keep
the nation healthy. There are also those who have profited by their crime,
skulduggery, cheating, exploitation and complete disregard for anyone but
themselves.

And there are the also non-contributors. Should we abandon them? Is that a human
value? Is that the American Way? What would Jesus do?

If life is sacred, as many of us have espoused, them we must choose healthy people
and principle over profits. President Two Corinthians misuses religion as an
inducement for his base, but merely pays lip service to the notion himself. His
base doesn’t object to aid to Venezuela so that Venezuelans can have access to
health care and food; why not Americans also?

More than any other country, aren’t we the people worth it?

Choice
Edwards

 

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When did this become OK?

When I first learned manners as a child, I remember something that was a hard and fast rule: You don’t discuss religion or politics in polite society. Having grown up that way, I have always adhered to that strongly held belief.

So what I need to know is when did this open political discourse everywhere become OK?

I was sick with a migraine last week and went to a doctor for treatment. I was in the exam room with my husband and the doctor walked in and said that he was going to give me a shot to make me better, but only if I was a Republican. If I was a Democrat, he was sending me to Nancy Pelosi’s house. He was kidding. I think. But still, when did that become OK?

Have we come to a moment in our history when Democrats are treated differently than Republicans? Some jokes go too far. Some jokes step over the line. So why did this doctor say such a thing? Because he thought that he could get away with it.

Trump has created a new religion, furthered by his partners in crime like this doctor. If we were Republicans, we would have laughed at this “joke,” quickly and quietly reversing the entire river of knowledge, good manners, and values that we learned as children.

Trump’s salvation show requires a total buy-in to his hallucinogenic spells in which he conjures up new boogeymen on a daily basis in his technicolor dreams. He then appears before the crowd spewing them forth with just the right amount of over-the-top anguish, making his followers believe at once that he is indeed the champion of their cause as the oppressed working class, while simultaneously asking them to believe that he is also the richest person ever. Oh, and really smart. Faith. You must have faith.

And it is because of this blind faith and aided by people who really know better, that he gets away with his outlandish behavior. He has gotten away with it all of his life. And apparently, it is because no one has ever told him that it is not OK! We all know that he is all about putting his name on everything. He slaps his name in huge letters on the top of big buildings and golf courses everywhere and claims he built them. Last week when he went to the border to visit the mecca of his delusions – The Wall – he carried a plaque proclaiming that it was “Trump’s Wall” and had it mounted on the FENCE that was built with taxpayer money during the Obama Administration. Was that OK?

There is a new book about how much Trump has cheated at golf over the years. As someone who has spent most of my career in that industry and with a husband who has maintained from day one that “If you cheat at golf, you will cheat at everything”, I was intrigued. There is a true story contained in the book about a Trump-owned golf property holding their annual club championship. Trump called to ask who had won. He told them “No. put my name on the top of the plaque as the winner” even though he didn’t play in the tournament and wasn’t even at the property. Say WHAT?

When did that become OK? And no one said no? The question is, how are we supposed to teach real values to our children? How can we tell them to play by the rules or even discuss the rules when they see us idolizing someone who so clearly does not? What about manners and good sportsmanship?

It has become a general “loosening of the rules” of our entire society.

Well, not just a “loosening”. We have totally lost our way. His followers believe that they can do or say anything because they see him get away with it. When did that become OK?

The fact is that it is not OK. While lying there sick and asking a Republican doctor to treat me, I reminded him of that. Politics should have never entered the room. No, that was definitely not OK!

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