Health care is a basic human right, not a privilege. For some reason, we’ve allowed ourselves as Americans to be fooled into accepting that one must be blessed with “means” to actuate appropriate health care. As a nation we have failed to realize that our health care system is a barometer of our society’s value for human life.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Live the Change You Dream Of.

Vivian over at Danieldoo tagged me for this great memoir in six words.

My memoir?

Live the change you Dream Of.

What does this mean?

It means that change does not stop with desire. It means that change is realized only because of action, and change happens most effectively and most sweepingly from the bottom up.

I've been exceedingly busy these past few weeks doing just that. I've had quite the opportunity to advocate for and speak about the Minnesota Health Act (MN proposal for universal single-payer health coverage for all MN residents.) I've been given the opportunity to meet some amazing people, and without intending to, I have made my own profound impression on several local personalities.

I am living, actively, the change that I dream of.

So why have I chosen universal, single payer coverage as my focal point to advocate for?

Insuring everyone under current private comprehensive medical insurance standards will not be enough. It will not help the under-insured (all of us!) It will not address the misuse of funds administratively by thousands of insurance companies.

Single-payer is the only way to address these issues. Single payer is the way to cut health care costs by 27% if you insure only those who currently have insurance. Single payer is the way to cut health care costs by 5% if you insure EVERYONE.

Universal, single-payer is not just ideology in politics. Universal, single-payer is common-sense policy which allows health care practise to have principles based on the health care model, rather than the business model.

Live the Change You Dream Of.


Vivian said...

Oh Sarah, I loooove that one. I will have to put that one on the frig. =) Thank you for playing and I hope all your dreams come true.


Scott K. Johnson said...

Me too! I think that is a GREAT choice of words, and it suits you so well!

Minnesota Nice said...

Sarah, could you please send me your email address - I need to ask you something (the link on your profile isn't working for me).