What do I think? I think that anyone who makes a "carved in stone" declaration right now as to the postive or negative of this ruling would do better to give it a few days or longer to see how it plays out in reality. As of this moment, I don't think there is anyone who knows the full picture...Just lots of anticipation, fears and assumptions. Calm heads are needed in this poor 'ole world and it's about time we each do our part toward that effort.
Please, Mods, repost this question again in about a month or so... and then in a year...Let's see how it plays out over time. Okay?
Olivia, you know what is great about this topic? For those of us whose Moms are no longer with us, we can not only take a few moments to say "thank you" to very special ladies, but we all get the chance to introduce them to everyone else!! As long as we keep them in our minds and hearts and speak of them to others, they remain very much alive...Thanks for this opportunity!!
Oh, how I love positive issues to focus on! Thanks!!
Mom...Gosh, I was so fortunate to be blessed with great parents...Not saints!!! That would have been so boring and they were far from boring! We fought and screamed and loved and laughed and shared and survived and honored each other!
Mom...Now she was a real wonder! To begin with she was extremely intelligent, but due to finances, she was not able to go to college. And I believe that as a result, her entire life she went from one challenge to another in some sort of attempt to keep her active mind constantly stimulated. She'd take on one project/issue, conquer it and move on to the next. Domestically, she became an expert cook, seamstress, candy maker, and tie designer to name a few.
Her heart had pulled her toward nursing, but not having the education for a career, it instead became a vocation. I recall her constantly assisting family, friends, neighbors, whomever might be in trouble. They knew she would always help.
Manual labor also fell to her as she worked right beside Dad when he took on household repairs and remodeling. Though Dad was a very hard worker, he was not known for perfectionism, and Mom would always be right behind him "correcting" the project!
In her younger days she and her good friend decided to become private detectives...They were hired and lasted all of one day as the individual they were following, came to their car and told them how poorly they were doing the job!
Mom later became one of the first insurance saleswomen ever hired in our area. I am sure it was both her intellectual abilities as well as her friendly outgoing personality that made her extremely successful.
Oh, how I wish I could tell all that she did and was and continues to be for all of us who had the happy priviledge of sharing life with her. And from all of this, what did I take away? Most likely more than I am even aware!
Hopefully, I took her positive attiude! Even when times were rough, I saw her not only find a way through the bad times, but a way !o keep a positive outlook. She never let things get her down!
I spoke of laughter...Our house was filled with laughter and silliness. Mom aged, but she never got old...and her humor was at the root of that miracle!
Sadly, she did not have a good childhood as her mother was very cold and distant. By some absolute and wonderous quirk of fate, Mom instinctively overcame that role model and loved freely and fully, giving me the childhood denied her.
Should the government force one to have health insurance? No.
Should the government pay for the health costs of those who don't? No.
Should any insurance offered be fair and equitable? Yes.
Will it be? Probably not. (Life doesn't work that way no matter how much we'd wish it to.)
The voices who chant for no more government involvement are quite silent when it is THEY who are in need.
Should we see all health care providers from doctors to insurance companies as being greedy and only interested in profits? No.
Are some folks in all arenas greedy and only interested in profits? Yes.
Despite all this, I think the necessity exists for some sort of system in which ALL citizens can be assured some modicum of good health care at a reasonable price. Being poor is challenging enough. Combined with health worries, it is not something that our citizens should battle alone.
It isn't the downsizing that I find as troubling as I do the silly bits of paper that Cracker Jack continues to call "prizes"!! They used to include objects which were worthy of the title "prize"...Not so with these!!
You have a point to be sure. But whenther you call it "economic level" or "social status" or whatever, it cannot be argued that folks are not in the same boat when it comes to financial wealth/station.
On the other hand, I had to smile when I see the word "class" as it reminds me of the difference between individuals who are quite classyand those who totally are classless! And it has nothing to do with social position!!