I don't quite know what to say.
I am constantly told, in the comments section of various blogs, that my appeals to the rank immorality of the richest country in the world having so many people who are unable to obtain health care are a mark of my deep lack of seriousness and inability to understand economics. But at some point, I can't keep trying to look beyond these needlessly suffering people. If there is any such thing as human morality, certainly it must condemn a system where so many, surrounded by such affluence, have no ability to arrange routine medical care. What kind of a situation do we require before we feel we can foot this bill? People hate this argument, but the fact that we spend so many untold billions in Iraq while not having the money to expand S-CHIP takes me beyond any kind of partisan or political anger and leaves me with real, heart-deep despair. If not this society, who? If not now, when? This is the sort of thing that gets me labeled self-righteous or a martyr, which is another way to say that I believe in right and wrong and am unafraid to name one or another. At what point do all appeals to efficiency and capitalist ideals melt away in the face of so much hardship?