Today, Bill Clinton gave a long speech about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Now, before I go on, let me say that I am unequivocally not a democrat (I’m also not a republican). And I am absolutely not a blind Obama supporter. He has hurt our civil liberties in ways that make me cringe.
But this speech today by Clinton… it was a good speech. A very good speech.
He openly addressed problems with Obamacare and he addressed the various ways the country’s politics are misconstruing the actual facts in regards to Obamacare.
He also explained – in very simple terms – many of the things Obamacare does.
Whether you’re a supporter of Obamacare or an opponent, the speech was worth hearing…. if, that is, you have the courage to listen to it with an open mind, no matter which “side” you’re on.
If you’re willing to do that, you’ll see that the message in Clinton’s speech is this:
Let’s put our political differences aside and let’s work together to improve Obamacare. Let’s find a way to make it work.
Of course, nobody will take that challenge. Nobody will listen to the speech with an open mind.
Because politics is more important to this country than the lives of its citizens.
People are dying every day because of our healthcare system. Every day.
But you know what was discussed on the news networks all day?
Now, I agree Syria is important, but I didn’t see Clinton’s speech get a mention. Not a single mention. Not one 5 minutes segment on the 24 hour news stations. Maybe I blinked and missed it. Or maybe… just maybe… they don’t talk about health care because it’s just not good TV.
It was all about Syria.
Because apparently going to another country and killing people is far more important than saving lives in our own country.
I’m not even saying people should all rally behind the Affordable Care Act.
I’m just saying people need to talk about it, instead of putting through 40+ pointless votes to repeal it.
My problem isn’t that people oppose the ACA.
My problem is that the health of our own citizens isn’t even being discussed. It’s not even being debated.
Because other things are more important.
Things like deciding whether or not we should spend that money on going to another country to kill people so we can punish a man for killing people.
p.s. here’s the actual speech if you’re interested. It is long, but really… I think American lives are worth more than 180 characters or 6 second videos.