This week was a good week for me. Something I feel very strongly about finally came into being.
I build health education web sites. Cancer prevention web sites. OF COURSE I believe in this.
I don’t give a flip what you say on Twitter or Facebook, I believe, to the bottom of my soul, in this.
Because, beyond the “I will pay $50 more for this, and my deductible will do that” minutia is an IDEA. A bigger picture. A shift in thinking that was long overdue.
Sure, I don’t agree with everything in HCR. In fact, I actually don’t think it goes far enough. But I understand our country is not ready for what we really need to do make us healthy, so I am happy with what I can get.
And I am so. fucking. sick. of people just thinking about themselves. Or spouting off about the Constitution. Please. Our forefathers would be vomiting in their spittoons over the rhetoric spewed in their name. And if not, guess what. It’s a brave new world and THEY AREN’T HERE.
The main point of HCR for me: Get people insured, get them preventive care, keep them out of the ER for drastic procedures that we all pay for. Flip the system.
IS THAT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND?
OK, fine. It really is complicated. I don’t get the in’s and out’s of all of it. Because honestly, the way people are yelling, I stopped listening to a lot of it.
When people like this are out there, how can you not?
I will tell you a little secret. Sometimes I tweet stuff to shake off hard-core conservatives. Not those assholes from this video, those I block. But people who “love God and my country and you are a socialist!” – I wonder why they are following me in the first place. Childish, I know, but sometimes it is fun to toss a few “GET OFF MY LAWN!” messages and see what happens.
I never call names, or go after people, or say anything other than what I am really feeling.
Which is what I have been seeing in relation to HCR, and that is sad.
I do have one conservative friend whose tweets I look forward to. Dana Loesch and I have managed to stay friends even though we don’t see eye to eye on politics, and I always enjoy seeing what she has to say on any topic. Is she passionate? Yes. Is she loud? Yes. But she is smart, articulate and (mostly) reasonable. (Kidding, Dana!)
Why can’t more of my interactions with conservatives be like what happens with Dana? Partly, I think – because nutjobs like Sarah Palin (and the video above, even) get more attention than people with real ideas for their party – which I think is very, very sad for the GOP.
Of course, the same can be said for Democrats – in that we are so wish-washey that we can’t get anything done, or keep on point, thus making discussion infuriating. [This post being an example of that.] I like to think we are willing to see all sides, but the truth is politics sucks no matter how you slice it.
But, here’s the thing. Politics aside. You are set in your ways. You have your feelings on HCR.
And I do too.