I write for a website named The Proud Liberal, and I am, in fact, a proud liberal. Actually, I am about two baby steps away from being a full blown socialist. Socialism, at its purest, is pretty much just sharing. Sharing wealth, sharing values, sharing burdens. Sharing is something every child in America is taught from an early age; we don’t like to see greedy kids, and punish our own kids when they fail to share. If little Susie won’t share her favorite Barbie with little Sally, adults step in to end the petty bickering and make sure everyone has a turn and that things remain fair.
Yet something happens between childhood and adulthood. Greed seems to take over for some people, particularly those that are fortunate enough to have more than they will ever need. I have never begrudged anyone for enjoying the fruits of their labors. My daddy worked hard all his life. When he finally retired, with his home paid off, his cars paid off, plenty of money in his retirement account to take care of him and my mama for the rest of their lives, he bought himself a Corvette. He had long dreamed of having a “toy”, and since his working years were behind him, he felt he deserved that reward. I support that 100%, and not just because he’s my daddy.
If you work hard and are lucky enough to have little extras…well that’s the American Dream, isn’t it? That’s what we all strive for in life. No, my problem isn’t with those people. My problem is with people who have so much money that their great-grandchildren will never want for anything, yet they hoard their wealth, or spend it on 15 cars, 4 houses, and a bunch of garbage they don’t need while children in our country go without.
Which brings me to my point. As a liberal, I feel that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Everyone in our great country should have access to affordable healthcare, especially children. Yet right now, the future of the Children’s Health Plan, or CHIP, is up in the air. Our lawmakers aren’t sure if they can find the money in our budget, after passing a new tax plan with massive cuts for the already rich and big businesses, to make sure that children have access to healthcare. CHIP covers 9 million children in the US. If the funding for the program isn’t renewed, that is 9 million children who won’t have access to vaccinations, check ups, pediatricians.
One such pediatrician, Rachel Pearson, wrote a brilliant, satirical piece for the Texas Observer. Most people who are opposed to any type of “welfare” or help for the poor in our country, justify their feelings by thinking that the poor are lazy, entitled, and simply use welfare as an excuse not to work. Dr. Pearson destroys that argument by highlighting how ridiculous it is to cut off children from a program that keeps them healthy. No child in this country should suffer, regardless of how much money their parents make. That shouldn’t be a political or partisan sentiment; that’s simply a basic, human belief.
“I used to believe that everyone deserved health care. Now, I work in a clinic where the vast majority of my patients are on government-funded health care. I have learned that the stereotypes about these people are true: Most of my patients have never worked a day in their lives.
They are extremely ungrateful for the care that hardworking taxpayers provide for them. Patients have punched me, bitten me, screamed at me, and even urinated on me. I often leave with vomit on my clothes.
Sometimes, I have to bribe my patients with bright-colored objects, juice or graham crackers just to examine them. Do my patients thank me? Do they contribute to the economy? No!
They just suck up low-cost health care, whining the whole time, and then go pick up their free government milk. Often, they are literally carried from place to place in the arms of a real taxpayer.
As a pediatrician, I provide these scowling little freeloaders with life-saving therapies like vaccinations and antibiotics. I test their hearing and make sure any hearing loss is caught while it can still be corrected. I make sure kids with developmental delays get into therapy early so they’re ready to compete by the time they reach kindergarten.
Do they utter a word of gratitude? No! Not unless their mom or dad tells them to.
Nationwide, patients like mine represent almost half of the people who get insurance through Medicaid or CHIP, the Children’s Health Plan. In Texas, children constitute 3.4 million of the 4.5 million total people covered by these programs. So when you think about government health care, you should think about my patients: ungrateful, yowling, diapered maniacs who don’t even use language right.
CHIP covers 8.9 million children nationwide, and Congress has so far failed to fund the program for next year. If stopgap funding isn’t found soon, more than 450,000 kids in Texas alone will lose access to health care on February 1. Apparently the state plans to send a letter to these kids on December 22, right before Christmas, announcing the cuts.
I hope the letter goes something like this:
Ho ho ho, milk-breath! There will be no more free vaccinations for you. We hope you get an old-timey disease like diphtheria and die! Or maybe the cost of care will deter your parents from taking you to the doctor, so that your easily treatable infection turns into septic shock. Because your immune system is immature, your lungs are still developing, and you didn’t bother to vote!
Research has shown that people are more likely to die when they lose access to health care. Letting more American children die preventable deaths will send a strong message to kids across the country: Pull your thumbs out of your mouths, get potty-trained and GET A JOB!”