Bernie Sanders shows why we need Medicare For All, seen in a single instance
There are statistics and there is life, which occurs to individuals. What is the impact of huge numbers on popular understanding? Does anyone comprehend what a billion dollars is? Well, it's 1000 million.
But who can grasp what 1000 million is when most people will never know what it feels like to have 1 million dollars? The scope is huge.
Another example, how do we understand the universe without understanding the galaxy? How does one comprehend a galaxy without understanding the solar system?
What does it mean when 500,000 Americans go bankrupt trying to protect their own health every year? Just a number, just a static topmost people.
But bring something, anything, down to the individual level and we enable human understanding...and empathy.
Today, I watched a moving video in which Bernie Sanders, through his intervention actually helped save a man's life.
Please watch this video, after which a few comments follow.
The first lesson is Bernie CARES about people, not voters, not donors, not political party (though that last point is debatable). Outside of Tulsi and perhaps Yang, can you tell which of the current politicians cares that deeply about individuals. How about any of our so-called Representatives, almost all of whom are only about re-election and funding (from which they all skim for personal use)?
The second issue, far greater but dependent upon empathy and understanding, is providing for the health of our citizens. If one has a soul, then one by definition possess empathy. How can empathic people tolerate the dismal and declining health of our citizens' health care?
Numbers are abstract. The larger the number, the more abstract. Here in this video we see the plight of one man, a man with an incurable progressive disease but who served his country in the Navy. A man now abandoned by the VA (for cancelling his Tricare policy) and abandoned by the majority of both duopolistic political parties.
Does not this man deserve better care in his time of need? That is a rhetorical question. If any one does not regard the question as rhetorical, then that one needs a check up from the neck up.
Can any point better illustrate the desperate need of truly humane healthcare as embodied by Medicare for All? True, this story is anecdotal. One individual, one time, one case.
Medical scientists (many of whom lack empathy) will tell us that anecdotal evidence is not conclusive. A longer discourse disproving that heartless contention to be not only illusory but abusive. This is not my purpose here. What would double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of all Huntington's patients reveal? Nothing. Absolutely nothing to those individuals with Huntington's or ANY health challenging disorder.
No stronger argument favoring Medicare for All can be made in my opinion. Problems with M4A implementation certainly exist but the principle is not only sound; it is a moral imperative.
This essay asks many questions and provides few answers. The Socratic method is the best method of education. Test yourself here. Do you arrive at a different conclusion?