Someone recently put up a comment elsewhere on BMG criticizing the MA health care constitutional amendment campaign on the grounds that it was attempting to make health care “free”. I thought about their words and it came to mind that maybe others have that misperception too. Maybe it would be useful to set a couple things straight.
No one’s asking for or trying to get free health care. ‘Cuz nothing’s really free, is it? And in regards to health care, we’re all paying in to the health care system big time, through the nose, already. Anyone who pays any kind of a tax pays into the HC system. I mean, US taxpayer-funded public budgets pay the absolute largest health care bills on earth, and we’re paying over and over again with state and the federal budgets picking up the largest tabs.
What the health care amendment campaign does do is set some LONG OVERDUE standards for the health care system and to enshrine these in our constitution. The point of this is to make the system accountable to us, the folks who pay for it. With permanence. The amendment language says “ensure that all residents have access to COMPREHENSIVE, AFFORDABLE AND EQUITABLY FINANCED HEALTH INSURANCE”. It does not say”free health insurance”.
BTW the overwhelming majority of liberals do feel strongly that universal health care is a priority. In fact, as poll after poll shows, many others want quality universal coverage to be the standard too. The Dems could gain a lot of ground with this one.