We know health care is a mess, and that some don’t have it, others do but it doesn’t cover enough and still others are going bankrupt to pay for their health care, which leaves them with mounting bills, despite the coverage.
We know some have health care, but they or their children have unique and rare life threatening conditions and health insurance companies consistently inform them they know more than their doctors and will not cover certain, life-saving procedures.
We know that taxpayers are overburdened and can’t carry much more on their shoulders, while some have already toppled over from the weight.
We know that unless elected leaders request more money from taxpayers, certain services will disappear and/or become more expensive.
We know some people work in full time jobs, busting their humps, yet they qualify for welfare because of their wages, and some taxpayers are tired of money going to welfare.
We know unemployment is higher than we’d like, and that for those without a job and still looking, any unemployment rate is too high.
We know there are some vacant jobs out there, but many of those looking for jobs, or in jobs that don’t pay enough, are trapped in situations that make it difficult to impossible to obtain the education to qualify for those jobs.
Since, we do know these things, we don’t need aspiring and current lawmakers telling us what we already know.
We need to know how they will fix it, and we need to know the specifics of how they will fix it, and when their opponents or anyone questions them on those specifics, or challenges them, we need them to get even more specific to show us that they know what they are talking about and that they, beyond a shadow of a doubt, have a cure that will remedy the situation.
For example, John’s son has an intestinal disease that has prevented him from gaining weight and leaves him in increasingly intense pain, so much that he misses school consistently and cannot participate in any rigorous activities for fear he will lose even more weight. His weight is so dangerously low that his organs are not doing well, his growth is stunted and he will have to have a large portion of his intestines removed if he doesn’t start doing better, gaining weight and growing, soon.
Besides the health issues, John’s son is saddled with an array of psychological issues, worried that the other teens think he has an eating disorder, which in fact many do, and doing everything he can to appear as if he is larger than he is, while constantly looking in the mirror and thinking himself disgusting and less than.
The doctor informs the family there is a medicine that will surely help kids in John’s son’s position. They have exhausted all the other meds and this one will definitely help, but it is expensive.
And sure enough, the insurance company tells them it is not covering the costs, which the family cannot afford. As much time passes and the boy continues to suffer, the insurance company finally relents, but will only cover a lower, cheaper dosage, which the doctor explains, to no avail, won’t be enough to help the boy.
We need to know specifically how lawmakers are going to fix situations like this, not just that they know such situations exist and are a problem.
For example, Edna is living on social security, barely getting by, and as it is, she can afford maybe one cup of coffee every two weeks with her friends. If her taxes go up any higher, she will not be able to afford them and will lose her home.
But the services offered by the municipality she resides in are important, and the school district has already gutted itself and is providing the minimum, which is not enough to call what they provide an adequate education.
And shouldn’t the employees at these places earn, at the very least, somewhat of an adequate wage and receive a pension and benefits, which coincidentally keep getting more expensive for them and are not as good as they were the year before?
But Edna cannot afford the higher taxes that will be required to continue the services these places offer, nor continue to ensure the employees don’t see their own pay gutted and their benefits ravaged.
We need to know how lawmakers are going to fix this situation and every last detail of their solution to the problem, not just that they too think it is a problem.
For example, Eric was never really the type who was going to earn a college degree or make it through technical education, so he works full time to provide for his family in jobs that don’t pay the bills.
We need to know how this will be fixed. We need to know the specifics.
Is all of this too much to ask?