If you will indulge an argumentative liberal, I would like to continue this conversation, because you raised some interesting points. And, probably, because I like to argue, and I find it helps me understand issues better.
First, my thanks to both you and your father for your service. Truly, I appreciate it. I have considered the same choice multiple times in my life. In spite of the many benefits both societal and financial, in the end, I’m glad I chose not to. This is because of the widespread problem of how women are treated in the military. It’s one thing entirely to make the self-sacrificing choice to put myself in danger from our enemies, and quite another to be in danger at the same time from my fellow brothers in arms. Do you feel I faced the same options as you in this matter?
I tried to go to college, 3 times total. The first time, I was 18 and stupid. I had not at all been prepared for the challenge, nor really educated as to the importance, either by the high school from which I graduated or the parent I lived with at the time of my graduation. Regardless, I take responsibility for the stupid choice I made to leave that opportunity behind.
The second time, I enjoyed immensely, and worked the entire time. Then I got hurt at work doing a job the guys in my department wouldn’t do by themselves, after having alerted management to the problem and being rebuffed in my request for assistance. The money problems associated with it eventually forced me out of college, but not before I lost my Bright Flight scholarship for dropping a class that was exacerbating my injury and causing severe pain. After doing everything I could think of to remain, including finding work that caused less pain and working full time while attending school full time, I was forced to admit the situation to be untenable. The choice between good grades and paying my bills offered me zero good options.
The third time was an even more complicated, and ongoing, situation, so I will save you the time of reading it. Be assured, however, that I did my best not to lose that opportunity, either.
Truly, sir, times have changed. The odds are absolutely stacked against the working class, and they get steeper every day. I don’t believe you should have to work 14 hours a day at 70, but I respect it. When I see you talking about the employees who depend on you, I see a leader I respect, who seems to understand that leaders are accountable to those they command.
The question in my mind is whether, after seeing the circumstances and options I’ve faced, you still believe I could have thus far been successful in my attempts at performing the same feats of success as you?
As to who pays for health care, my answer is that under our current system, we all do, with the costs associated with treating the poor distributed among those who have more. Right now, I see this distributing as unfair, and I understand entirely why people complain. On the other hand, I highly doubt I need to explain to you that the entire insurance system is based on the healthy subsidizing the sick, so that the favor is returned when the healthy become sick. It’s no different than making a casserole for a grieving neighbor or mowing the lawn of an injured one, in hopes of seeing the kindness passed on. Our system works exactly as we created it to work, and destroying it now won’t fix it. That just leaves more people vulnerable, and exacerbates the problems.
So what’s the answer? I’m not the expert to ask. All I know for sure is that high-risk pools and continuing disregard for the most vulnerable in our society aren’t a logical answer, nor are attacking medicaid and medicare.
Your turn, sir. I’m listening. ☺