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Health Care & the Moral Arc

March 13, 2010

No doubt you’re as tired of the endless health care debate as I am, yet I feel obliged to ask you to reflect on the moral arc of the issue.  First what’s wrong with the current bend of the moral arc? I don’t believe there’s much justice to be found in the air wars over health care that have cost over $200 million of lobbying efforts before Congress votes.  Couldn’t we have used that money for something more worthwhile than what amounts to a mud-slinging contest?  The issue has been so clouded by the contentious hyperbole from both sides, that the average listener is just rendered helplessly confused.  And while I make no claim to be anything other than the average listener, I do have a vested interest in the moral arc bending toward justice. And there is justice at stake when 31 million currently uninsured Americans could gain insurance coverage.

My takeaway of the pros and cons of the bill:

Cons: The bill’s not perfect. It doesn’t pay for itself (because those provisions have been stripped in the name of politics as usual).

Pros: 31 million Americans will gain insurance coverage.  It’s a step in the right direction. There’s a terrible personal and national economical price of doing nothing, as health care costs continue to soar.   How many of us are one job away from having  no  health care coverage?

There’s something for everyone to dislike in the current bill, but as the old saying goes, “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.”

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