A comment on facebook sparked quite the discussion. My response here:
I will begin by saying that I do not under any circumstance believe this plan to be unflawed. It has its downsides, and they are not to be ignored, but I don't know that there is a perfect plan out there. Is there a bill congress has tried to pass in the last 10 years that doesn't have its up and downsides? That being said, I do believe there are good things to come, and I am referring only to health care. We'll leave abortion and immigration out right now.
I have several close friends and members of my LDS ward who will greatly benefit from this bill being passed. They can not afford health care- and are in a position that this will be a great blessing to them. With unemployment rates what they are today, one can't count on employment benefits to cover their health needs. Even if we are fortunate to be employed right now, that does not automatically come with fantastic health benefits. With the rising cost of privatized health care, very few in my financial situation will be able to afford private coverage for their families in another 10 years. I, for one, am not currently covered under an employer's group policy and hold private one for myself, despite the fact that my husband has a great job. I am grateful to be able to afford it right now, but I know many who are not as fortunate.
Another school of thought is "why health care, anyway?" Why not just let our bodies take their natural course and heal with natural remedies as our ancestors did? I'm actually a huge fan of this idea and do not frequent the doctor more than I deem absolutely necessary, but for those who are of a different school of thought, they ought to have the option. They ought to be able to receive the medical treatment they desire and not be turned away because they don't fall into the top financial bracket of folks who can afford great health service.
Again, I know there are financial downsides, ones that will most definitely affect our children, but may I venture to say that the current system will leave them paying a different price. With an issue as complicated as this (a 2400-page document!) there is not an easy solution, there is just one that will inevitable be great for some and crappy for others. It's a bummer if you have been getting the good end of the deal until now, but it's someone else's turn.
A friend, who wished not to get involved in the facebook conversation, sent this:
I'm sorry to see that you guys are getting attacked likes this on FB. I am not a supporter of the health bill, but that is my opinion. Every one has the right to their own opinion and for people to tell you that you are wrong and to be rude about it is just not right. In fact if I am not mistaken, our great county was built on the fact that people don't have to believe the same as you. It just makes me sad to see two great people treated this way.
While I appreciate the support, I appreciate the open mind more. The fact that it's ok that we feel differently on certain issues, but can be respectful about it, rather than attacking. We come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences that that have shaped our opinions. I appreciate those who can see that.
My family is in a unique situation being exempt from this health care bill, seeing as Native Americans are not required to participate. I do not fall into that category, but my children will have access to affordable, if not free, health care for life, if they choose to use it. We have not, this far, gone that route, but I'm grateful we have the option and I'm grateful that because of this bill others will have the same option... access to affordable health care.
I also believe that I've got people watching over me and my family. I know that we will be protected and receive whatever experiences we are supposed to have in this life. I believe that whole-heartedly. I believe that if we are living the principles of the Gospel, that we are entitled to incredible blessings. I have seen that come to pass and regardless of who the president is of this nation and the decisions he makes, there is a higher power that I answer to. And He and I are ok.