Being human means having a body, and bodies can fall to ill health at any time, for any reason. Our nation’s policies should reflect this fact.
That’s it. That’s really all there is to my argument: we have bodies, they get sick, hence we need access to care.
People shouldn’t be penalized for having bodies that are more or less prone to illness or injury. There’s no way to predict over time whose bodies will need more or less care, and attaching a price tag to that care is inhumane.
And further, as much as I’m pro-choice, it irks me to no end that people who bear the label “pro-life” are probably voting for this nonsense… or if they’re not, they’re not distancing themselves from it enough. I would love to see some outcry from that contingent, berating their politicians for voting on policies that in name and in fact oppose what they say they’re about. (sorry for the snark, but I’m continually disappointed by engaging with “pro-life” folks with the hopes that they actually do want to enact evidence-based policies to improve the lives of those already born and on this planet, as well as policies such as universal sex education that are shown to reduce the abortions they supposedly are trying to combat)Read Jessica Valenti’s If Republicans Are Pro-Life, Why Don’t They Care About My Child? for a personal narrative about how health insurance lifetime caps would devastate the lives of one family. And there are more stories, plenty more, about people – plenty more people – who would also be forced into ill health, poverty, death, or all of the above, whether for themselves or their families.
I’d love to be wrong about where support from this health insurance bill is coming from, and maybe if there’s pro-life outcry over it I’m not seeing it in my little corner of the internet. But I’m feeling pretty cynical about it, especially after reading Valenti’s story.