Health Care and Democracy Care

Keeping democracy healthy

Any bad week for Antonin Scalia and the rest of the Cro-Magnons on the Supreme Court is a great week for the rest of America.

Finally, gays will be treated like the rest of the human race, at least when it comes to marriage. And the health care law did not suffer a major blow that would have rendered it pretty much use less.

These are important things, and well worth celebrating. However, when it comes to health care, we’re still way behind the curve. Why is it some cannot open their eyes and see that the way the rest of the civilized world pays for health care and makes it available to all is superior to ours?

Spare me the rant about our health care being the greatest in the world. Perhaps the technical skill of our surgeons and much of our medical hardware are top-notch. But that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about how to pay for it. To let greedy insurance profiteers make boatloads of money off the suffering of others is just wrong, plain and simple. Plus, it is simply inefficient as hell.

But we’ve allowed big money to gain control of most things in this country, and once you do that, it’s very difficult to wrest that control away again. And once you allow the richest of the rich to buy elections, well, it gets darn near impossible.

Which is why we can’t wait any longer to elect representatives who are actually that – representatives – of we, the people. The longer we wait, the harder it’ll be.

Somehow, we’ve got to convince our neighbors to vote for the least-promoted of the candidates – the ones with the least money behind them. They’ll be the ones beholden to the voters, instead of the big donors.

People like Bernie Sanders, and on down through the Senate, House, state and local offices.

It won’t be easy, but nothing worth while ever is.

James Israel
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