I was thinking about healthcare and national pride. Here are some talking points for the office:
Coworker: Something anti-government related to national healthcare
You: Look, the government of the people of the United States is the government that put the first person on the moon; it is the government that ended the Great Depression and defeated fascism in the same administration; it is the government that provided food and healthcare to all of its poor and ended poverty for our elderly. If you don’t want to provide insurance for the 40 million Americans who don’t have it–fine. If think it is good that our health insurance is tied to obedience to our employers–fine. But don’t say we can’t make health insurance available to everyone and independent of their employers. If France & Canada can do it, we can do, and we can do it better.
[Of course, for me, I’m compelled by my faith to care about the least of these. So, I can’t really accept the position that the 40 million uninsured people don’t deserve health insurance. But that’s just me. I’m not asking anybody else to follow my religion. I just don’t like people saying our country is incapable of dealing with the problem that every other industrialized nation already has.]
The bracketed part is optional. Nothing thoroughly researched to be sure, just some issue framing.