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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Too Big To Fail or Welcome the Death Panels

I keep hearing two phrases over and over again.  The most aggravating of the two are the stupid take-offs on the line from the latest Batman movie about getting the hero we deserve and not the one we need.  I saw that gem repackaged in at least two blog posts that I skimmed over yesterday.  Really.  The concept of judging someone's worth and then distributing a lesser thing to them based on that judgment drives this social liberal, conservative libertarian, and fair-minded Christian straight directly up the wall.

The other over-used and potentially trite phrase and concept is the banking and investment company "too big to fail" pronouncement.  Maybe, these non-human entities are too big to fail in terms of the economic disaster that would befall the stockholders, CEO's, and company employees.  I really don't know enough about economics to know if the stimulus has worked and will continue working.  I'm a bit more concerned about what I believe is "too big to fail" and worthy of life.

You.  And, me.

Why is it that we are revisiting a concept that I thought was settled when the health care reform debate began?  An individual should be considered too valuable, too worthy, too big to fail.  No person should have to face bankruptcy or fail financially paying medical bills to stay alive.  No one should have to bear a lifetime of debt because of an illness, an accident, or a condition suffered with from birth.

The very idea of having an insurance company and/or government approved annual or even a life-time cap on health care insurance coverage is un-Christian, un-charitable, and unworthy of a rich and generous nation.  What Senate or House committee is going to regulate the amount of money that ought to be allowed to be spent to keep someone healthy and alive?  At what amount per year or over a lifetime do we stop caring about the life and health, both physically and financially, of our neighbor?  Must we become indentured servants to the banks and mortgage companies just because we got sick or hurt?  Why bankrupt the poor and the middle class?  Do rich people or the friends of rich people deserve to live longer? 

What is wrong with those politician in Washington, D.C. and Lansing?  Our public servants are far too concerned with some number at the bottom of a column on a piece of paper and not with serving the public good?  For crying out loud, just fix this broken system and raise the funds needed to do it.  Serve the people.  Serve the students.  Private ventures and Christianist charities do not have the means, nor desire in some cases, to serve the needs of all people.  We the people = the Government must step in when no one else is able.  How about a TARP Fund or Stimulus Spending for LIFE?

That is, after we/they/you really figure out how much my sister's life, my uncle's life, my friend's life, my niece's life, and that stranger's life is worth.  Are any of them worthy?  Too big to fail?

And, if anyone is really serious about some life-time or annual caps on insurance pay-outs.  Let's talk.  First, I need to know how much is the amount of money spent of the Iraq War divided by the number of people living in Iraq before the war.  That number would be my bottom line........ Aren't I worth that?


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