Kylie Jenner’s Ugly Reminder of the Need For Medicare For All.

The billionaire’s Gofundme stunt had a lot of people talking.

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Socialite, beauty mogul, and business woman Kylie Jenner has been facing some tough scrutiny on social media these days, and for good reason. After her makeup artist Samuel Rauda was reportedly in a serious accident, Kylie shared the $60,000 Gofundme his family had set up to pay for his brain surgery, posting an image of them together on her Instagram story and inviting her followers to click the link and donate. Kylie herself donated $5000.

Ms. Jenner herself is worth an estimated $900,000,000.

Incredibly and yet unsurprisingly, she cannot see the issue.

The LA Times reports that Jenner is dumbfounded, confused as to why everything got so “twisted”, and reiterating that everything she does comes from love. The thing is, tossing the equivalent of a five dollar bill in terms of her net worth towards funding for a critical brain surgery of someone who reportedly means a lot to her isn’t exactly loving. To top it off, she had the audacity to ask her followers, in the midst of a pandemic where tens of millions have lost their jobs, to foot the bill. All it would have taken to alleviate the further distress this family is under would have been for Kylie, or any of his other rich celebrity clients for that matter, to make a call to his family and tell them they’ve got it covered. Even for someone she supposedly considers a friend, that was too much to ask of Kylie Jenner.

All that said, Jenner’s stunt serves as a sobering, but necessary reminder of the need for Medicare for All here in the United States.

Ultimately, this story is nothing more than a gross, unfeeling example of a system that has spent forty years stressing that we don’t need single payer healthcare, or to raise taxes, and that we can rely on the generosity and integrity of the rich to maintain stability and relative prosperity for all of us. Clearly, that is not the case. As gross as Kylie Jenner’s antics were, the fact still remains that if we were to raise her taxes even just a little bit in an effort to pay for healthcare for everyone, there wouldn’t have been a need for a Gofundme in the first place.

The rich are not going to save us. Certainly not the 1%. The collective good, the health, and wellbeing of the broader society can not rely on people like a Kylie Jenner and the hundreds in the nation even richer than she is to do the right thing, clearly even for those close to them. In the richest nation on earth, we should not have to rely on crowdsourcing a lifesaving surgery. For the life of me I cannot understand why we have allowed that reality to be normalized. As justifiable as the outrage towards Kylie Jenner is, this incident should fuel anger and frustration towards the system overall that she benefits so lavishly from. Ms. Jenner is merely a byproduct of that system, and its continued fueling of these injustices.

It does not have to be this way.

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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