Usually there is a progression to a certain extreme at which point, things change because it is not tenable to continue farther in the same direction. Most often in the realm of human endeavor, things get worse and worse and then, suddenly, people can't take it any longer and the whole attitude changes.
There are lots of expressions that describe the situation. Often people talk about a crisis reaching a 'boiling' point... a climax -- a high level of excitement and outrage... beyond limits of patience and normal boundaries of temper.
The economic crisis in the United States had reached a boiling point and created Occupy Wall Street protestors. The protesters are now gone and the banksters have not been prosecuted and our crisis has gotten worse - but, still not bad enough. We have yet to reach 'that' point where we 'rid' ourselves of our criminal economic system. Apparently, we still love corruption in our financial markets.
The Cuban missile crisis of 1962 brought the world to the brink of destruction and moves were made to ease tensions between the 'super-powers'. Today, we are at the doorstep of nuclear exchange the consequences of which would dwarf what was averted back then. It would seem we are not 'frightened' enough to become rational. Apparently, we welcome the anticipation of annihilation.
In Colombia a peace agreement that was signed by the nations's president and the country’s largest rebel group - to end half a century's worth of civil war - was put to the vote of the people. The question voters were asked was simple: “Do you support the final agreement to end the conflict and construct a stable and enduring peace?” The majority voted against the peace agreement. Vengeance seems to have the 'upper hand'. Apparently, the slaughter of the 52 year civil war was not bad enough.
In the field of national healthcare, we have a system of which we are so proud that we cannot seem to accept changes to it.
The wealthy elite have the best healthcare in the world and the rest of us... well, since we are not falling over dead in the streets with rotten bodies piling up, things must not be all that bad... why make unnecessary changes to something that works just fine?
The United States health care system has been subject to heated debate over the past decade, but one thing that has remained consistent is the level of performance, which has been ranked as the worst among industrialized nations for the fifth time, according to the 2014 Commonwealth Fund survey.
Although the United States has the most expensive health care system in the world, the nation ranks lowest in terms of “efficiency, equity and outcomes,” according to the report. One of the most piercing revelations is that the high rate of expenditure for insurance is not commensurate to the satisfaction of patients or quality of service. High out-of-pocket costs and gaps in coverage “undermine efforts in the U.S. to improve care coordination,”
A lack of universal health care was noted as the key difference between the U.S. and the other industrial nations. Despite these shortcomings, positives noted include the breadth of reforms spearheaded by the Affordable Care Act.
Let's understand correctly, the 2014 Commonwealth Fund survey found the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to be one of the very few 'positives' in the United States healthcare system... and congress will do 'anything' to get rid of it.
Obamacare effects less than a tenth of all Americans -- a relatively small share of Americans. It seems difficult to understand the intensity of the debate. And yet, Republicans have made eliminating Obamacare the party’s top legislative priority. And with control of both houses of congress, they can't seem to get it done.
Obamacare disproportionately benefits people who are poor, black and Latino, because they are more likely to be uninsured than whites and upper-income people, and apparently, Republicans are willing to 'go to the mat' to destroy anything that is good for that portion of the population. (it is worth noting that Native Americans aren't even counted in most surveys)
It is also interesting to note that Republican efforts in this arena are so disproportionate. It is like nothing else matters. Congressional scheming and the news are dominated with attempts to repeal Obamacare. So much energy just to take this small benefit away from this small needy group is completely irrational.
And as the devious debates take place in congress, more and more people are becoming aware of the discussions surrounding healthcare in this country and around the world. Universal healthcare, which was unthinkable a short time ago, may be a reality in this country in the near future.
'They' say that things have to get so bad, have to sink so low that the only direction left is 'up'. That the members of congress have openly admitted that they really do not care about the 30 million citizens in this country who would suffer greatly from the elimination of Obamacare has opened the eyes of many people.
Hopefully the 'crisis feeling' will last until the next election cycle and we can effectively change the members of congress (our only hope on a large number of issues). The approval rating of congress is only 20 percent -- how bad does it have to get before we react in the voting booth?
Or, as with so many other situations we pass that boiling point without resolution and tragically the horror becomes accepted as part of our fabric of life. We can hope that finally, this time, we have reached the end -- 'we're not going to take it anymore', and that's the truth !!!
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