On September 12, 1962, when President Kennedy delivered his speech before a crowd of about 40,000 people at Rice University’s Rice Stadium, he not only won many applause but also captured the spirit of the moment.
He challenged the predominantly young student audience who packed the stadium back then to think big.
He said, “We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon…We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.”
Today, that’s the cry of Elizabeth Warren, “think big” not only concerning what can be done in space but also what can be done for the poor and middle class — the 99%.
Warren’s proposed “Medicare for All” plan has been hotly debated and severely criticized not only by members of the Republican “no health care plan” Party, but also some of her Democrats running mates seeking nomination for the 2020 election.
The vexed position by her many critics is that it’s too costly, and the government cannot afford it.
Well, to Warren’s credit she has recently released into the public sphere how she could easily pay for the $20.5 trillion plan, despite the naysayers.
Warren does not only address the subject of health care from a detailed research perspective but also observation and personal experience.
“My daddy’s heart attack nearly sent our family skidding over a financial cliff. Today I think about all the kids this year who will face the double blow of nearly losing a parent and then watching their lives turn upside down as their families struggle to pay a growing stack of medical bills,” writes Warren in one of her blog posts.
The fact of the matter is the country does not only need new leadership but also leaders who can identify with the poor and suffering middle class, as well as “think big.”
Now, if the government claims that it values the lives and health of its people, what’s so wrong with guaranteeing them health care?
Other industrialized countries that are not as rich as the U.S. have done it, so what’s the reason for not doing it here except for the protection of the privileged few.
The truth is health care should be a fundamental right of all Americans, by any means necessary.
Moreover, if the country can build the most powerful army on earth at tremendous cost, then so too, it should be able to afford health care for all its people.
However, not so, according to Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield. In critiquing Warren’s plan, she stated, “To accomplish this sleight of hand, her proposal dramatically understates its cost, overstates its savings, inflates the revenue, and pretends that an employer payroll tax increase is something else.”
Needless to say, she is speaking for a man who is looking back, and one knows that’s the biblical “pillar of salt” position.
The fact is running on former President Obama’s agenda means that no evolution would have taken place, and Democrats who seek to do so in the current nomination process are not only laggards but backward in their thinking.
So, more kudos to Warren for not only “thinking different” but also thinking “outside the box.”
For the 21st Century, healthcare, education, and the environment are part of the new socio-economic and political frontiers, and only revolutionary thoughts of that of Warren and other new thinkers can wage battle and conquer them in the interest of the masses.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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