So the following question must then be asked: What would happen if I was not able to take care of my 84 year old mother after her surgery? How would she be able to walk, bathe, or eat? Why does my Mother’s Medicare HMO plan only cover two daily nurse visits per week, knowing that my mother is 84, and just had major heart surgery? Seems a little unfair, if not a human rights violation, which is what corporate health care is---a human rights violation against America.
Any civilized nation should have a health care system where there is quality, affordable, and accessible home health care services for all of our nation’s seniors. If we had a national health insurance program, as proposed in Rep. Conyer’s HR 676, we would be able to save approximately $350 billion dollars per year, and use a portion of this savings to invest in the training and hiring of more nurses, who could provide much needed home health care services for our nation’s senior citizens. Just think about how many struggling unemployed men and women could be hired to take care of our senior citizens and the disabled in their own homes?
We can transition to a “caring society,” and pass legislation like HR 676, only if progressive communities in America unite under one diverse, multi-issue, and multi-racial umbrella network, and cooperate with one another--- so we can truly fight for the people. We must examine how we can obtain real on the ground electoral and political power, so that we can create a more caring and loving society in America; one that cares more about people than profits and consumption.
Joel Segal is the former senior legislative assistant and speech writer for Rep. John Conyers, co-author of HR 676, and a Board member of “People Demanding Action,” a new network of citizens across the country working for jobs, peace, and justice.