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OK, let's get real. There are several reasons why it's so easy to talk people into opposing something that could be for their own good. In the case of health care reform, the biggest reason is racism. And this time around it's a twofer.

First, you oppose health care because it's being proposed by an American racist's worse nightmare, a Black president. That's right, Barack Obama has saved you from having to blame the potential beneficiaries of health care reform.

When others like President Clinton proposed reform, you had to be a bit more open. To paraphrase something I heard with my own ears, "I don't want to pay for health care for Leroy or Jose'."

Take note, Sparky. How many dead bodies have you had to drive over or step over today? None, you say. If you'd like, I can explain that to you.

We've not yet gotten to the point of outright denying health care to people just because they can't pay for it. Poor people with black skin, brown skin and, yes, even white skin ultimately receive medical treatment. Granted, they get it by going to hospital emergency rooms and they get it when their condition is so bad that the care they need winds up costing more than it would have cost if they had insurance or the wherewithal to go to a doctor earlier.

No we haven't yet begun to just let people die out on the street. I'm thinking you actually know who pays for the care of those poor people who have no insurance and end up going to hospital emergency rooms. In case you don't, I'll tell you who pays. I do and so do you.

So, want to or not, you're paying for Leroy and Jose' and even some White guy named, let's say, Bubba.

If that's not enough to get you to stop shooting yourself in the foot, consider this.

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Michael Bonanno is an associate editor for OpEdNews.

He is also a published poet, essayist and musician who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bonanno is a political progressive, not a Democratic Party apologist. He believes it's (more...)
 

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