Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Need a good argument for universal health care?

Here’s one:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …
(h/t to Thom. Jefferson)

Call me crazy but to me the right to life includes the right to health. Governments are instituted to secure this right. That means keeping the environment healthy. It means keeping our food supply safe. It means regulating the drug industry and the medical community. And yes, it means universal, single source, not-for-profit health insurance. And since you just called me crazy, let me just add that it means parity for mental health protection.

“… and tell ’em Big Mitch sent ya!”


Pam B-W said...

I love you, Mitch!
You are SO right about this. Keep up the good fight. I'm trying to do the same down in Texas. My younger son has schizophrenia and I worked four years in psych hospitals plus four years for the state medical society. And in between, I worked seven years for FEMA, back when FEMA worked. ;-)
P.S. I blog about crisis management if you'd like to check it out.

Maya's Granny said...

You are a wise man! I had not thought about it in these terms, but you are so right.

N=1 said...

Thanks for sending me the breadcrumb to your site, Mitch! Absolutely right. It's 100% congruent with Jeffersonian thought. Now I've gotcha blogrolled so I can find my way back again. Thanks so much!