It is time to call the health care resistance what it is. The nay sayers, the racists, the opponents, and the enemies of Barack Obama and democrats in general need Obama to be useless. They need him to sit on his backside and do absolutely nothing that would make him good and worthy of the title of President of the United States, but he is the exact opposite of that. In six months he has come closer to making good on the promise of universal health care than any other president who made the same promise in the past. Under the circumstances, it seems that the vast majority of the opposition to this is not the fear of universal health care, but the need to make Obama and his administration a failure. In my eyes, Obama is already anything but a failure, and the barrage of criticism as well as the commercials full of lies that his health care plan has led to is proof of this fact. It is time to face reality; like it or not, we are witnessing the first black president showing the potential to be the best president this country has ever seen. And some people cannot stand it. It goes against many of the longstanding beliefs some people have held regarding an entire race of people.
Of course, opposition to Obama and bigotry are not the only issues here. There are also those who do not want to see the rise of universal health care because they fear they have something to lose by allowing less fortunate people to gain something in this world. But I cannot understand why people are so against the concept of universal health care. People get sick, quite frequently through no fault of their own, and they deserve medical attention that they cannot afford more often than not. Meanwhile, people of privilege sue for malpractice, causing insurance premiums to rise when their frivolous nose jobs are not done to their satisfaction. This affects everyone who has insurance, but it especially affects those who cannot afford to pay their premiums in the first place.
People have criticized me for stating my belief that those less educated and/or poor are the ones who stand to be taken advantage of for their lack of knowledge, but I am going to risk the criticism to make the claim again. The poor and undereducated run the risk of having their lack of knowledge and capabilities used against them. I recently saw a commercial that was apparently funded by a group opposing the health care bill. The commercial depicted a woman in a lower income bracket denouncing the bill. In reality, a person in this situation would only stand to gain something from a universal health care program, but when poor people see commercials such as this on the television, they are prone to believe the negativity. I cannot understand why anyone who does not have health insurance would not be in favor of a universal health care system, but it seems that the fear that health care reform would hurt more than it helps is the primary reason. And this fear seems to have been propagated by the interest groups who cannot stand to see a democrat, especially Obama, succeed in his presidency or the poor to succeed in life.
Though Obama has only been in office for six months, he has already proven himself to be hardworking, honorable, and worthy of the title of President of the United States. He has done everything he can to pass his health care reform bill, and should it happen not to pass both houses of congress, there is no doubt in my mind that it has nothing to do with the bill itself and everything to do with people’s shortsightedness, bigotry, or lack of understanding or maybe a combination of all three factors. Each and every person in this country deserves quality medical care, and not just an elite few, and Obama has already tried harder than any president in history to make that happen.