Medicare for all

Republicans plan to repeal Obamacare and eventually repeal Medicare too. I favor Medicare for all. I have experienced insurance hell and Medicare both, and I much prefer the simplicity of Medicare. Under the current system, a taxpayer pays Medicare taxes until age 65 and then enjoys the benefits of Medicare until death. Under Medicare for all, everyone would enjoy Medicare benefits at any age, even before paying any Medicare taxes. Is that right and fair? Perhaps yes, perhaps no. However, I think that healthcare is a right, a human right, and that a healthy nation would benefit all of us.

Under the current system, the poor defer healthcare because they cannot afford insurance and lack the money to pay for a healthy diet. If Medicare for all existed, the poor might not defer seeking help when they need it. I think that healthcare delivered sooner would be cheaper in the long run than healthcare deferred. Certainly it would lead to a healthier nation, an outcome to be desired by all thinking people.

Human rights

Humans have certain basic, inalienable rights, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those rights include, but are not limited to, the rights to shelter, food, health care, water, education and a safe environment. If society charges for those rights, then humans have the right to employment that pays a wage sufficient to buy those necessities.

Not representative

Republicans like to showcase blacks who are Republicans and have succeeded through hard work. Those blacks are not representative of the vast majority of blacks in the US. It is typical of repressive regimes to try to make themselves acceptable to the majority by pointing out the support of a few members of a specific population. It would be like the following:

Jews for Hitler

Ethiopians for Mussolini

Koreans for Hirohito

Kulaks for Stalin

Cambodians for Pol Pot

Educated Chinese for Mao

Gays for Idi Amin

There will always be some members of a group who will support their oppressors.

 

Legal or legitimate

Legal means complying with the letter of the law.

Legitimate means complying with the spirit of the law.

Donald Trump was elected legally by the electors. Since he was elected deceptively with Russian help and lies rebroadcast by the media, he is not a legitimate president. I suspect that we will find in time that not all votes cast for Hillary were counted and we already know that the GOP made strenuous efforts to prevent Hillary voters from voting.