Sick thoughts

If you were on Facebook today, you probably had at least a few friends — and I’m using that word in the broad, accommodative way that Facebook does — who posted the following item on their home pages:

No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day.

I didn’t throw this up on my Facebook wall — mostly because, as you already know if you know me, I’m just not much of a follower.

I, however, do agree with the sentiment.

In fact, I’ll go a step further: If you don’t agree with both halves of that first sentence, there’s something seriously kapakahi with your thinking muscle.

We might debate how to accomplish these goals. We might differ on whose responsibility, and whose program, and whose nickel, and all that sort of folderol. But if you think either of these concepts is simply wrong, I don’t have any problem in telling you that there’s something wrong with you.

Because your Uncle Swan is just blunt like that.

Oh, and before you decide to pick an argument with me over this, you should know a couple of things.

One: My wife is permanently disabled with incurable, metastatic breast cancer.

Two: I worked in the healthcare industry for a dozen years, and in the seven years since, I’ve maintained several clients in that field for whom I work on a regular basis.

I know all of the arguments. From all sides. Up close. Personal.

Here’s the good news, though.

Even if you’re wrong…

…you can still be my friend.

At least on Facebook.

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3 Comments on “Sick thoughts”

  1. Hilly Says:

    I’m not much of a follower usually either…especially on Twitter when people start supporting ten causes on their Twitter icon (sheesh). However, I was fresh out of Facebook creativity and I agreed so voila!

    And I agree with you…people who DON’T find that statement to be true? Asshats.

  2. Sank Says:

    I’m 100% in agreement with the statement and with the general idea that healthcare is a right. I’ve been arguing this with my conservative friends who claim otherwise and I personally don’t want to live in a socitey where healthcare is rationed to wealthy. I had melanoma a few years ago. Am fine now, except.. I can’t get health insurance. Death panals rationing healthcare? Dude, it’s already happening.
    OK Done. And I’m glad we’re frience, facebook or otherwise. 🙂 X)X) BFF and whatever else they’re doing these days to show love.

  3. Steve Roth Says:

    I didn’t put those lines in my Facebook status either. I agree with their sentiment, but the timing of posting that now equates it to a vote in favor of the current administration’s health proposal, and that I cannot support. I don’t claim to know how to achieve the vision embodied in that statement, but I believe strongly that putting our dysfunctional government in charge of our health care can only make it worse.


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