Back in my Army days, my company commander had the above words in a frame on the wall behind his desk. Captain Edgerton told me that people spend way too much time thinking about how to handle a situation, talking about how to handle it, and arguing about how to handle it. He wanted his NCOs and enlisted men to take action to solve the problem instead of thinking and talking it to death!
I liked that sentiment so much that I had it in a frame in my own office during most of my years in the small town newspaper business, and I tried to instill that attitude in my employees.
Nothing ever gets resolved until somebody does something. In retrospect, what they do may not be the best solution to a problem, but it’s something! And something is almost always better than nothing.
If you can put your party politics and resentments aside, and leave the rhetoric behind, you have to admit that the health care system in our country has been broken for a long time. You may not like the new health care bill that President Obama’s administration pushed through, but at least it’s something. For years previous administrations have made promises and talked the issue to death, and never did a thing to fix it, while the little people continued to get screwed.
Now don’t start that familiar whining about welfare moms and illegal immigrants, what I’m talking about are working families that cannot afford health care, senior citizens who can’t afford their prescription medications, and people like my own wife, whose health insurance companies dropped them when they had a catastrophic illness. The health insurance industry has bankrupted more working class people in this nation than Bernie Madoff and his ilk ever came near.
I’ve heard people complaining about provisions in the plan that require Americans to have health insurance, claiming that it’s an infringement on their personal liberty. But how many of those same people complain that we all have to have automobile insurance? So it’s okay to be required to insure your car, but not your health? Talk about your misplaced priorities!
There are cries of socialism, but I don’t see any of these same people refusing to accept their Social Security checks. Their argument is that they paid into that system for years and they’re just getting their money back. The health care plan, they say, forces them to pay taxes to provide care for others.
Yeah, kind of like all of those disabled people on Social Security Income (SSI) supplemental disability who never paid as much into it as they have received, because illness or injury took them out of the workforce. Or the children whose parent passed away who receive benefits. Or the widows who draw benefits? Don’t tax dollars fund that program?
Personally, I’d much prefer to see my tax dollars going toward health care than to pay for yet another foreign war that will drag on year after year.
Do I agree with the new health care bill? Not 100%. But at least somebody finally did something! And anything is a step forward!
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