Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Malpractice, Continued

I have very strong opinions about health care, and the system for providing it that is currently in place in this country, but for some reason, it's just not gelling tonight...part of it is lack of key information (which I will be looking into, eventually), and part of it is the overwhelming size and complexity of the problem. Health care is in serious crisis in this country, and it is going to take a hell of a lot more than just haphazardly plugging whatever hole a major media story highlights to fix it. Fundamental, system-wide change is not only necessary, but inevitable: if we do not fix it ourselves, the system will solve the problem for us by collapsing on our heads.

The only real point I have to make tonight is this: the opportunity to be as physically healthy as modern medicine allows should be a basic right. One of the fundamental ideals of this country is that everyone should have the chance to make their lives, or the lives of their children, better -- that's the essence of the American Dream -- and people who are not healthy cannot do that.

It's as simple as that.

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