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The American Spark
Schwarzenegger Calls For Universal Health Care In California
By Cliff Montgomery - Sept. 2nd, 2007
GOP California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday declared his bold plan to create a universal health
care system which will cover every member of his state. He correctly said it is sorely needed, particularly in a
state where around 6.7 million people currently do not have health insurance.
The idea of health care as a natural right normally is the exclusive argument of Democrats and independents.
But the Republican governor has learned that times are changing, especially in California. Today a career
politician must either embrace some form of liberalism--some concept of liberty and civil rights for every
American--or see his support dwindle daily.
The governor freely embraced the overtly liberal idea last year, and the stance helped him win re-election in the
November 2006 California gubernatorial race.
And whatever one at first thought of "The Terminator" serving as the highest-ranking people's representative in
California, the man puts forth a clear, sure argument for the health care system Americans sorely need.
"Our health care system is broken, and the people expect us to fix it, and this is exactly what I'm trying to do,"
stated Gov. Schwarzenegger, who spoke at an event which included lawmakers, health care representatives
and business leaders in San Diego, CA.
The former action film star pointed out that it is "inexcusable and...embarrassing" that almost one out of every
six Californians lack even basic health care while living in the richest and most populous state in the Union.
US Census Bureau figures show "there are more Californians now un-insured than ever in the history" of the
state, Gov. Schwarzenegger said.
"We need a system where people can buy insurance regardless of age or of medical history. Everyone should
have the right to be able to buy insurance without being turned away," he added.
The California governor is absolutely right. If the right to life is a self-evident truth, if it is a self-evident right,
then the means to life cannot be turned into a rank privilege. To claim otherwise is an innate contradiction of
both Natural Law and common sense.
For years, many in the know have pointed out that America is the only first-world country to refuse the means
to life to every citizen, even though it is the first country to recognize every human being's natural rights in
almost every other affair.
Gov. Schwarzenegger is calling for a health care system which would be paid for by the combined funds of
well-to-do employers, hospitals and California citizens.
If the plan becomes law, every California company employing more than 10 workers will either ensure the right
to health care for their many employees, or pay their share into the California health care system, which of
course will be run by the citizens themselves.
In America, our means to life currently rests on the whim of our masters--we're sorry, our employers--who work
with insurance companies to determine how many dollars they won't spend to keep us alive.
Of course our wealthy corporate employers will claim they simply cannot afford such care and concern--but
they always say such things when a few more dollars might go to anyone other than themselves. That empty
claim is the only certainty of American business.
Even now, in this all-or-nothing corporate era of record-making profit margins and record-breaking CEO
salaries, these same corporations behave as if they are barely making due when it's time for anyone else to get
their rightful share.
Those at the top shamelessly bestow a king's riches on themselves for the fulfillment of their every desire, but
they can't spare you a dime for what you desperately need.
And God help the poor fellow citizen without a job. If he somehow gets health care, he pays a mighty sum just
to maintain that health coverage. His only other option is to suffer in the blind hope that the slow service of a
public hospital emergency room may get to him before it's too late.
But Gov. Schwarzenegger's new system first has to win the approval of the California legislature, where
several well-paid friends of Big Business will not doubt do what they can to stop the passage of such a bill.
These "representatives" tend only to consider the profit margins of those who buy their votes through hefty
payoffs--laughingly called "donations"--and thus rarely consider the natural rights of every citizen.
In America, only the state of Massachusetts currently recognizes every citizen's natural right to health. Its
state-wide health care system was introduced in 2006.
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