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I heard a lot of "love it (United States) or leave it" growing up. I realize it's not that black and white, much like this health insurance reform thing, but there is a certain endearing simplicity in that statement. Personally, I think, and tend to believe that most people in the U.S. embrace changes truly beneficial to the country. However, it also occurs to me that a significant enough portion of the population doesn't want this particular version of change (national health insurance plan) that is being foisted upon them. Also, it seems the U.S. public also haven't been so willing to embrace a national health insurance plan since Truman initially laid out his desire for such a plan in 1948. Why? I can't really say for sure. My guess is that it has something to do with the spirit of individualism and largely defining your own destiny. That, however, seems to be fading at an accelerating pace and folks are being gradually conditioned to rely on the state instead of themselves. Whether I like the results or not, and whether you like the results or not, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. It may produce such a fissure in this country (beyond those that already exist) that will take a long time to rectify.
Kind Regards, Jay
Almost all of us long for peace and freedom; but very few of us have much enthusiasm for the thoughts, feelings, and actions that make for peace and freedom. - Aldous Huxley
Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. - Thomas Jefferson