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"...is everyone working for each other, everyone having a share of the rewards. It's the way I see football, it's the way I see life." Bill Shankly, Liverpool F.C. Manager, b. 1913, d. 1981.

I've been following a lot of the health care reform that's been going on in the US. I feel it's important I try to follow things like this because there is a likelihood I'll be moving there pretty soon and living there permanently. And so things like the health care reform will affect me, it's entirely possible that with the reform, I'll be capable of getting health care where beforehand, I would be rejected because of my pre-existing conditions (two holes in my heart, now one thanks to surgery, and the TIA I suffered.)

The thing that's struck me most, is the attack of a lot of people on the health care reform. Attacking it because of some sort of socialist value, as though that's a horrible thing. It's struck me, because where I'm from, and this is Liverpool as opposed to England, the values of socialism are an ideal that a lot of people agree with and strive for. Why would you not want to help your fellow man? For a country that looks to God so much, I'm shocked by it's lack of Christian values when it seems to me that most are more interested in looking after number one rather than anyone else.

It feels like it's a throw back to the cold war, about the mass fear people had of the Russians, and that they followed communism but look how terrible their lives are, and if they won, the same would happen in the US. The Russians never followed communism, and the Chinese never have. Communism is a wonderful idea, where the wealth and resources of a nation are shared equally among everyone. Why is that such a horrible thing to work for? Are people that greedy in wanting more than anyone else? Surely if the everything was shared equally, everyone would live comfortably, happily and healthily.

The problem is that there are people out there who are inherently evil and greedy. Communism doesn't work because people want more, and those in power, take what they want and leave the rest with nothing. The ideals and values behind socialism is not evil. And that's what I see when these people cry socialist, and socialism in anger about the change to their healthcare. Greed. It works for me, so why should I care about anyone else.

I live in a country with socialised health care. Where police, fireman, and the libraries are paid for with taxes so people get access to those services for free when needed. Strange, I believe the police, firemen, and the libraries are paid for by the exact same method in the US.

I know that the reform in the US is not producing a health care system like here in the UK. I don't think the US could ever achieve it. I just get angry because I feel like when people refer to the system we have in place with such negativity, I have to stand up and say you're wrong, and I like to think I'm proof of that with the issues I've had to deal with in the past 6 months.

Really, what's so bad about socialism.


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