Only in America - mobs demonstrate against health care as a fundamental
right of all citizens (AP Photo/Al Grillo)
Lost in every article or story on health care reform is the fundamental purpose of it all: to provide every American with guaranteed access to affordable health care that cannot be denied, rated or canceled for any reason pertaining to one's health. And the fact that only the United States government can provide such a guarantee. The private sector cannot.
Health care reform should be judged a success or failure on that one criterion. But instead, we all ignore it, as if it isn't even relevant to the issue.
Affordable health care ought to be a right, not a privilege or a commodity. Are we ashamed to talk about rights in this country, or what? If Obama and the Democrats had focused on this theme I don't think lynch mobs would have formed to kill health care reform. Only in America do you find people rioting against the granting of a fundamental societal right that all other civilized nations enjoy. There are no words to describe how ridiculous this anti-reform movement is, or that the debate became so incoherent and off target that it formed in the first place.
We've lost our way because we don't even know what we are fighting for. It ought to be for health care as a fundamental right. Instead, it's become a food fight over the details, of pharmaceutical gobbledygook, of preposterous and fanciful allegations of government malfeasance and downright evil intentions.
All because we can't remember that affordable health care ought to be a right of every American.