Tuesday, August 10, 2004
The Washington Post has an op-ed on the vulnerable position of the middle class by Jacob Hacker. Although he doesn't suggest any real specifics on how to enhance middle class security, he does lay out the general problem quite well. I think that debt and health care, as well as our continuing neglect of child care, remain the key issues.
And my response to this article should restore my humanitarian credentials after what I said yesterday. Asking people their immigrant status before giving them medical care is obscene. Of course the administration is claiming that they are just making sure money is spent properly. Poppycock. This provision will discourage people from going to a doctor, and that is simply wrong. I hate cliches, but this is a good one: health care is a right, not a privilege. We help people live because they are fellow human beings- our duties as people outwiegh the narrower obligations of citizenship.
People shouldn't die unnecessarily. Why do some people find that concept so hard to grasp?