Thursday, April 05, 2007


My Mother the Socialist

My family is sitting in the kitchen, eating warm chocolate chip cookies, and discussing health care. My sister (MD) is a bit of a cynic, as she sees the abuse of Medicaid on a daily basis, with patients coming into the emergency room by ambulance for their eczema because it doesn't cost them a dime. My mother, who in a house of staunch Republicans has blossomed overnight into a bleeding heart socialist, sympathizes with a group of women who were recently featured in an April 4th
article of The Day; these women did not receive medical care until the late stages of cancer because they couldn't afford a doctor's appointment. A horrible situation, of course, but would it really be fixed by universal health care? My mother thinks so.

Universal health care takes away a person's responsibility for his or her own health. By handing out "free health care," people become lazy. For example...why should one exercise and eat better to improve his cholesterol, when he can take a pill, after all it's cheaper than a gym membership if someone has Medicaid. Why should one quit smoking their 2 packs/day, which cost roughly $10/day when medicine is so advance, that they can receive a quadruple bypass at age 40, paid by us, the U.S. tax payers. Is money really the problem? Why is it that the U.S. spends more than any other country in the world on health care, yet we are nowhere near the top of the list of "healthiest countries" (World Health Organization statistics)? Is it perhaps the American sense of freedom to do whatever "feels good" combined with the attitude that "someone else is to blame" for our problems? With all the medical advances in recent years, people can receive medical attention and care for almost any infirmity. Should people assume that an 87 year old with severe medical issues should receive major surgery? If we did adopt a system of universal health care, should I have to pay someone else's medical bill? While universal health care is not in itself does not seem like it would really achieve its goals.

My mother with a grin just shouted up the stairs to my father, who is busy fixing a 30 year old drier with a coat hanger and duct tape, "You didn't raise just a pair of staunch Republicans, you raised cold hearted bastards." Got to love family.


sptmck said...

This...really happened? Did your this contribution?

Kindel said...

Yes, it did and, yes, she did. She wanted us to change the language at the end, but we said that the rules of journalism negate changing direct quotes.

sptmck said... nice to her: if she's the one with the recipes, YOU MUST BE NICE!!!!!!!

IC said...

Kindel, we disagree on the issue as a whole and that's okay. However, I'm curious to see if we agree on one facet of it: Should we have universal health care for children?

Kindel said...

Yes, I think universal health care for children would be excellent, if it included immunizations, regular check ups, and emergency cases. From what I've read, in CT the HUSKY program does provide these services to families in need.

Connecticut Man 1 said...

Husky is a bust... Most doctors don't accept it. When i got out of the Army and moved to Greenwich we (My wife and I) were caught in the middle of employments with no health insurance. We needed to get our kids checked out for the school system (it is the law, got to be up to date on all of those expensive shots!) and NONE of the local docs accepted Husky.

We had to go to Newtown for the nearest Doctors that would do it.

A typically Republican program. Make th service damn near impossible to get in the hopes that the poor will never be able to use it.