When I read things like what Memphis Blues writes, all I can think of is this article. It is an attitude of “well, I have mine. I don’t need X. Why should *I* have to pay for it?!” I don’t know how to teach to you care about the health and well being of a person that is not you. Or how to teach you that some things in this world are best when we all take care of each other.
I hope to never need chemotherapy but I am perfectly happy knowing that the insurance premiums I pay will go towards someone that needs it. I don’t have MS like a good friend of mine does but I’m grateful that the ACA (today but who knows about tomorrow?) makes it so that there are no lifetime limits on treatment expenses. She can keep taking the expensive drug she takes that lets her keep feeling and movement and maybe still be able to walk when her infant son grows up.
I will never many of the things that insurance is required to cover but I’m okay with having it be required. I am okay with paying more. As Ralph Waldo Emmerson once said to know that even one life has breathed easier because I have existed, then that is a success. If that comes from paying more for insurance, sign me up. I am so very deeply blessed to be able to help.
“I don’t know how to explain to someone why they should care about other people.
Personally, I’m happy to pay an extra 4.3 percent for my fast food burger if it means the person making it for me can afford to feed their own family. If you aren’t willing to fork over an extra 17 cents for a Big Mac, you’re a fundamentally different person than I am.
I’m perfectly content to pay taxes that go toward public schools, even though I’m childless and intend to stay that way, because all children deserve a quality, free education. If this seems unfair or unreasonable to you, we are never going to see eye to eye.
If I have to pay a little more with each paycheck to ensure my fellow Americans can access health care? SIGN ME UP. Poverty should not be a death sentence in the richest country in the world. If you’re okay with thousands of people dying of treatable diseases just so the wealthiest among us can hoard still more wealth, there is a divide between our worldviews that can never be bridged.”