Sharing Is Caring
I have been reading and listening and contemplating many of the discussion outlets and forums concerned with the Affordable Care Act. Arguments are all over the map. Passions for and against are high and all parties seem unequivically solid in their conviction about the good or bad of the new healthcare law. Common ground is extremely rare in many of these discussions, but I want to point out that sharing is caring and that is what we should be about as an evolved and compassionate society.
What seems to be missing from many of the discussions I have seen is compassion, compassion for the guy or gal next door, the single parent, the child of that single parent and so on. There doesn’t seem to be much room for inclusion of the least among us these last days. The discussion always seems to center on an objection to paying for something that doesn’t directly benefit me…the individual.
I was listening to a radio discussion on the Diane Rehms show on NPR and they were talking about how many people were upset about having to buy a healthcare policy that included benefits not directly related to them or their condition, i.e. a guy having to buy a policy that covers child birth. I can understand the confusion but I think the point is being missed. United we stand but divided we fall remember and sharing is caring in my book. Having compassion for someone other than yourself is what I deem a signature facet of a superior society. It’s the healthy society that survives the longest and when we get to the point where we only think about what’s in it for me, well then we’re on our way to oblivion.
I believe we are stronger when we consider the whole and not just the individual. I believe we are most ready to stand the tests of time as a society, as a species, if we ensure that there is no weak link in our chain of humanity. So yes, it may cost more to buy a healthcare plan but in the long run it is actually cheaper for the whole of society because it’s always been easier to stop the bleeding when a pin prick is all we have to deal with vice a severed artery. When we don’t take care of the least among us, we will over time have to tend to those who have been gravely wounded via neglect at grave cost, a cost that could have and should been avoided. In today’s world can we really afford to not care about one another?
Personally, I would just like to give the new healthcare law some time. The program website certainly needs some major help but I’m an optomist. I believe it will get fixed and eventually we will all see some good results, results that will benefit the whole and not just the individual. Sharing is caring and that is a joyous message that we might want to remember especially during these holidays.