Hello, I Am A Liberal...I wanted to stop by and introduce myself, share my story, and hopefully expand your view of liberals, as we are not all the same.
To begin with, I am a born again, bible believing Christian. I came to faith in Christ in adulthood, never having much of a religious background, and I was blessed to stumble upon a solid, well-balanced evangelical church, where I began my faith. With that in mind, I would like to share with you a few of my beliefs.
I support gay marriage. I know, BIG surprise, but here is why. While I believe homosexuality is wrong in the eyes of God, I believe everyone has the right to choose their own path (and isn't that what we say our country is really all about?). Now if someone comes to me and asks my opinion, I will point them to what the bible says about it, but in the mean time that doesn't mean I have to judge them, dislike them or wish them ill-will.
Despite what the bible says about marriage being between one man and one woman, I do not get hung up on the word "marriage". Call it marriage, call it a civil union...it's a WORD. I stood in front of my pastor and was "married ". It wasn't the word that made the difference; it was the significance I placed in my vows before God. What we are really talking about is two people wanting to have the same legal rights and protections that OUR GOVERNMENT affords heterosexuals, not God. What significance they place God in their relationship is between them and God (if at all).
I am Pro-Choice. Okay, let's all take a deep breath; because this is usually where people lose it. Again, I don't believe it's right. In fact, I think it's terrible. Here's the thing though, there are no easy answers. We ALL make mistakes; every one of us. It is crazy to think that if we once again outlaw abortions, they will stop.
So now we're back to illegal abortions and women dying because of it? Or let's hypothesize that the law is changed and no one EVER had another abortion, ever again. So the population of the planet doubles in a decade, and then we have people dying because there isn't enough food & water resources for the entire planet? Or, poor women are made to have children they cannot afford (because they made a mistake) so we're all going to be okay with helping these women with financial assistance to raise that child, yes? I've always had a hard time with that one. In one breathe people want to make everyone have their baby and in the next breathe they complain about welfare-which goes to women and children. Mind you I understand the welfare system is broken (and that's another conversation for another time) but that is not what I refer to. I am referring to people who have a big problem helping anyone out, basically believing that if you don't work, you shouldn't eat-period. If you care about the baby in utero, then you should STILL care about the 18 month old who doesn't have enough to eat. And maybe I'm wrong, but I remember hearing something in the bible about, I was hungry and you fed me…
Again, there are no easy answers. Instead of spending all of our time and money and energy fighting this battle against each other, let us work together to teach the young women of our county about all of their choices...abstinence, birth control, adoption and as a last resort abortion. Remember, the woman who decides the worst option lives with it for eternity...here on earth and then when THEY stand before God (if you believe that) and THEY have to account for their actions. Thank you for hearing me out on this, as I am sure it was difficult for many of you.
The last thing I'll touch on is something very dear to my heart-healthcare. You see, because I believe that I should love my neighbor, I don't want them to die due to a lack of access to healthcare. I also believe that healthcare should be a human right, not a privilege.
Now I fear that some of you may be under the belief that everyone has access to healthcare by virtue of going to the ER, but there is a problem with that line of thinking. YES, everyone can walk into an ER and be seen by a doctor. And if you do not have health insurance and are in a horrible car accident and brought in, you will be treated and God willing your life will be saved.
But the kind of healthcare I refer to is the man, woman, or child who becomes ill (whether it's sudden or symptoms build slowly) and becomes so ill they go to the ER, where they are seen and treated ...and maybe even diagnosed. The problem is you don't get chemotherapy (cancer treatment) in the ER. You don't get angioplasty (widening of obstructed blood vessels that affect the heart) in the ER. You DO NOT GET CURATIVE, LIVE SAVING CARE in the ER for an on-going disease...and oncologist (doctor's who specialize in cancer), cardiologists (heart doctors), ____ fill in the specialty, DO NOT have to treat you if you if you cannot afford to pay. Do some doctors treat a FEW people who have no health insurance, yes. Do they each do that, NO. People without health insurance who have curable diseases die every day because they cannot afford on-going treatment for their illness.
Now I've heard the argument about not wanting healthcare rationed, but the fact of the matter is that we do ration healthcare in this country, we just do it on the basis of a person's socio-economic status - if you have money (i.e., money and/or a job that provides you adequate health insurance), you have healthcare. Are there state programs that help the least of us and provide access, yes. BUT, the vast majority of people do not qualify for these programs and if they are lucky enough to qualify, hopefully they were able to go through the thousand hoops in time to get the life saving care they needed.
With regard to the argument about GOVERNMENT run healthcare, death panels, and SOCIALIZED medicine, let me say this. We've got two choices, the government or health insurance companies (i.e., the private market). Well we've seen the government at work with the VA (Veteran's Administration) and while it is not perfect, overall it works. Could it use improvement, of course-all private and government organizations can.
And then we have the private market, i.e., health insurance companies, many of whom, which each passing day are turning into for profit organizations. We are turning healthcare into a money making proposition in this country and that is a BIG PROBLEM. In order for health insurance companies to make a profit they have to take in more money than they spend. One of the ways they achieve this is by denying care to their customers. Do you know what an insurance company calls it when they have to pay for care of a customer, medical loss. When they pay for treatment, they lose money; it is that simple.
I know this isn't a black and white issue and I understand people's concerns with government run healthcare and I am not trying to minimize that, but here's the thing-our system isn't working. Is it working for some, absolutely. It's working for me very well and I have a genetic illness that requires on-going care. But should I become too ill to work, and should I lose my job, I will lose my healthcare and I will not be treated in the ER for my condition. I will not be able to obtain new health insurance, and that means I would have to pay out of pocket for my care and while I have lived a financially responsible life, there is NO WAY POSSIBLE for me to pay out of pocket for on-going treatment for any real amount of time. Maybe I would be able to drain all of my resources and hold on long enough to recover and get a new job, but maybe I wouldn't. I, and I am going to venture a guess and say many of you, are one life-threatening illness and job loss away from dying due to a lack of access to healthcare.
Did you know that we are the only industrialized country in the world that does not provide healthcare for our citizens. As an aside, what does that say about who we are and our priorities? Did you know that we spend more money per capita (per person) than every other country on the planet. (see wikipedia - list of countries by total health expenditure)
And here's the thing, if you look at the data (CDC, WHO) our outcomes are worse than other countries as well as our life expectancies . What that means is that in many cases, our treatments don't work as well and we live shorter lives than people in other countries. Now this is not in every category, but it is the case in many. We spend more money on healthcare than anyone else on the planet, WITHOUT providing care for ALL, and in many cases we don't even get better results.
Are other systems perfect, absolutely not. Are their people from other countries who swear up and down their countries healthcare sucks, sure! But what about the millions of people who don't complain? My point is you cannot judge another countries healthcare ba
Three final thoughts.
One, I am not asking you to go rent Sicko by Michael Moore (although there are some good truths in there, along with some hype), all I am asking is that if you are going to have an opinion, please become more informed. Please do not let people with personal financial agendas scream SOCIALIZED MEDICINE in a 30 second sound bite and buy what they are selling.
There is a really good book written recently by a gentleman who spent most of his adult life working for one of the big health insurance companies. He describes the events that took place to bring him to a crisis of conscious about who he was working for and what they were doing to people; he became a whistle blower so to speak. He quit his job and has become an advocate for change. His name is Wendell Potter and his book is called Deadly Spin.
Two, think about this. Regardless of who is running the system, we HAVE TO change our healthcare model. Our country focuses on the cure for illness and not the prevention of disease. Until we shift our focus, we are …forgive me…SCREWED.
Three, while I am by no means an expert, I am also not speaking out my rear orifice, as I am a Registered Nurse.
In closing, thank you to the two people who read all the way to the end While I don't expect for you to agree with me on anything I've said, I would respectfully ask you to consider another perspective and think about this. As long as the two parties keep us focused on blaming each and keeping us at each other's throats, we will NOT be focused on who's spreading the message and what their agenda truly is. We will also NOT come together to change a broken system that is working really well for only a select group of people.
IMO, we as a society need to start caring about one another more, as I feel we've lost our way. And while I understand that a lot of people are moved by their faith (like myself), that does not give anyone the right to try to legally force our/their beliefs onto other people. We supposedly live in the best country in the world, where we all enjoy personal freedom, but if that is really the case, why do certain groups of people keep trying to force their beliefs onto others? Maybe each one of us should focus more on how we live our own lives? Maybe we should try to put ourselves in someone else's place before we judge? What if I was faced with that decision? What if I loved that person? What if I got sick and couldn't get treatment?
This liberal, who is ruining America, wishes you the best…