Why Voting Matters

I’ve been mildly political on this blog before — mostly when I was having troubles with my insurance provider, Assurant Health (sucks). And that’s the reason I’m bringing up politics again. No politician is perfect — in fact I accept that most are deeply flawed — but if the Bush years have taught us anything, it is that the difference between Democrats and Republicans, while seemingly slight at times, is certainly significant in many ways. One of those areas is health care. We all need it, and John McCain and his advisors believe that the way to achieve it is to abandon employer provided care, and thrust everyone out into the open market — the so-called free market. A place that we’ve seen become very scary in the last couple of years. In fact one of McCain’s key advisers on health care reform flatly stated that Emergency Rooms guarantee “universal health care” — so, what’s the big deal?

Well, it is a big deal. A very big deal. It’s a much bigger deal than many of the issues people use to determine their vote — it’s a social issue with broad and deep consequences for all Americans.

Barack Obama’s policy plans are not perfect, nor is he. But they’re a damn sight better than what the Republican candidate is offering up. And there are many issues like that — but for now, I’m sticking to this one because I’m sitting at this desk knowing I still have cancer, and knowing how much it has cost us. Should it be free? Maybe not. But my neighbors and their children should ALL have health care, regardless of income or the state of their health.

Many people think the government shouldn’t get involved in health care. To them, I say look to models across the globe. You think America can’t manage health care? To you I say take a look at Medicare. None of the models (including Medicare) are perfect either — but there are things more important than perfection and agreement on every detail. Like access — that’s important — and Obama’s plan is all about improving access (aside from the ER).

So, I’m voting for Barack Obama in November, and I encourage you to do the same. If you don’t think you will, or are not sure, give me a call or write me an email — let’s talk. In the meantime, check out the video I’ve posted to get a better idea of what Obama’s health care ideas are all about.

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