I agree with your sentiment Homestar, but it is VERY important to force our leaders to be a little more honest in their decription between Full blown socialism, and a social democrasy.
we already ARE a social democrasy, we have been since the 1800s.
It is simply a matter of to what degree we allow for.
There are many people such as myself, that feel there are places of importance that demands the exclusion of profits for performance.
Healthcare and education are primary examples.
everytime some one even suggests it the RT wing politiocians absolutely lose their minds, like someone suggested we fold up the constitiution into a paper airplane.
The only reason they react so agressively is becasue they KNOW that the only benefit to keeping healthcare private is that wealthy people make a great deal of money from the illnesses of the masses.
Healthcare started as non profit in this country. Churches, and Governments, and wealthy altruistics, that was all there was.
Now between the Pharma, the Ins, the hospital implements,the Hospitals themselves its a multi billion dollar industry taht sucks up as much as they can, while providng a compartitively little return.
And thats just how the 1% like it.
so If you mention Socialized healthcare they go apesh..call you every name in the book, If you want to know how good an idea is look how agressively someone tries to denounce it.
No one bothers to respond to crazy Ideas, but ones that might help, that take away a revenue stream? now your gonna get it!.
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