I was pleased with President Obama's speech on health care. While he left some wiggle room on the public option, I was happy to hear his forceful stance and applauded right here in my living room when he actually invoked the morality issue.
I have long believed that there are businesses which should not be allowed to be run for profit and and beholden to stockholders. Medicine is one of them. It is immoral to make decisions based on profit when it comes to people's lives. That is not to say that all medical means available should always be used. People should have living wills and judgements must be made which do not always come down on the side of life at any cost.
I simply do not think that hospitals should be staffed with cheaper medical techs doing jobs which require trained nursing skills. Insurance companies should not be able to cancel the plans of paying customers when they become ill in order to pay out bonuses and dividends.
Will we be able to step back from the belief that profit is more important than our moral responsibilities? If we do not have the will to impose these rules on corporations, then we need to provide another option that puts people first.
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