Monday, March 30, 2009
Public health care will be like public housing
Have you seen a picture of public housing lately? Have you? Most projects, (as some public housing is often referred to) represent how some Americans who would rather live like rats in a run down dysfunctional building than improve their lives enough to live without government assistance. Perhaps our housing projects can serve as a positive. How?
Well, they serve as motivation to live better, to live within our own means. Like a prison is an uncomfortable and often violent sign (or reminder) that obeying the law is better than the alternative punishment. So can projects stand as a sign to avoid mediocre living conditions and unemployment.
The projects can also serve as a sign of what we have to look forward to if we move towards public health care. Imagine hospitals run the way the projects are run. Imagine refuse all around, and substandard care. Can we not expect the same standards in both government programs? Sure someone could make the argument that health care would be different because you are dealing with people's health. But what about a person's home? Is not where a person lives as important if not an absolutely crucial part of a persons health and well being?
In light of this comparison, how is it that a majority of American's still feel good about public or nationalized health care? How is it that people buy into the utopia that doesn't exist?