With all the debate and controversy over the health care reform in our country, I feel like I am going to lose my mind. There is so much BS and non-sense out there that I thought I would share my thoughts because I am sure you are all dying to know my opinion on ‘obama-care’ (there really should be a sarcasm font).

A little background information: The United States (at last ranking) was ranked 37th overall in health care. 37th! That puts us behind Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Cyprus. But some good news- we just edged out Slovenia. At the same time our rank is 37 for overall health care, we are #1 for health care spending. We’re #1! We’re #1! Meanwhile, we rank 39th in infant mortality. This statistic is absolutely outrageous! We should be appalled and marching thru the streets over this. All of those conservative pro-lifers should be up in arms! If you truly want to protect every life- lets provide health care for our pregnant women or help prevent pregnancy in the first place (but I digress..). And lastly, we are the only industrialized nation to not have universal health care.

So the health care reform calls for many things-some great things. For example, Insurance companies would not be able to deny your claim because of pre-existing conditions. I think most of us can agree that this is a good thing. The issue that is making the tea-party so crazy is the section that requires ALL Americans to have some type of health care. People are arguing that this is unconstitutional and the government is over-reaching, etc. The popular argument is that if the government can make you buy health insurance, what is to stop them from making us buy/eat broccoli? Yeah, because that is the next logical step.

Why do we make people buy car insurance? We have this law in place so that if someone hits you and it is their fault, you will be able to receive some sort of compensation. It protects the innocent driver that is not at fault and does have insurance. I know what you are thinking, “But not everybody has to drive. If you can’t afford car insurance you can choose not to drive.” I hear this argument all the time. Hate to break it to you, but it’s not that simple. Bottom line, you cannot choose to not have a heart attack. You cannot choose to not have a stroke. What happens if you show up in the emergency room with a life or death situation and you do NOT have insurance? The doctors are not going to ‘choose’ not to save your life. Our society/country saves people. Our doctors will save you, our paramedics will come pick you up and provide emergency medicine. If you don’t have insurance and you are poor, who do you think ends up paying your hospital bills? Everyone else! Hospitals jack up prices to cover the costs of those who can’t pay. It is a vicious cycle. As for the broccoli argument, if you don’t buy broccoli the cost of my broccoli doesn’t go up and I don’t have to pay for your emergency broccoli in the future.

I’m not even going to get into the argument of how having a cheap public option would bring down the cost of private insurance. That is a completely separate post. But I do feel like I need to address the morality issue here. Who are we?!? Since when did we become a society that cared so much more about ourselves than our fellow citizens? Why are we okay with people slowly dying from chronic diseases because they don’t have insurance? Why are we okay with people losing their homes because they can’t pay their medical bills? These are real people, real families. We have people all over the country choosing between dinner and their medication because they can’t afford both. This situation in the richest country in the world- we should be ashamed. The generations before us made sacrifice after sacrifice for the betterment of the country. All we did was become a bunch of entitled brats that think because we made something of ourselves that anyone else could have/should have too, and therefore it’s not our problem. This makes me sad. We need reform. We made a small step in the right direction and we could potentially lose all progress depending on what the supreme court decides. This isn’t a democrat thing, or an Obama thing. This is a human beings thing. We can do better.