>So is it accepted that health care reform should not include “undocumented” people living and working in America? Why not? I can’t understand any of this mess. I thought the point was not insurance reform–what a joke–but making sure that each person in this country has access to health care services. To me that means every man, woman, child. Anything less than that is just not good enough, I say. I hate to be confronted with the selfish faces of those lucky enough to have access by private insurance or a government program, but who are not crying out for universal health care. As if it is OK to just leave a huge population to fend for themselves without health care. Without a flu shot. Without a mammogram. Without a doctor or nurse who knows their names. Without pain relief or treatment for diabetes. Without any choice but to show up in the emergency room with pneumonia or a broken wrist or an ear infection. Or to die. What’s that about, if not pure selfishness?
“[We are] torn between the hope of living forever and the fear of never dying”
–Jose Saramago, in Death with Interruptions
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