On the subject of certain Americans’ virulent contempt for even a slightly more egalitarian healthcare system:
“They don’t want racial minorities and people without means sharing spaces with them, and especially not when they’re sick and being reminded that they’re the same flesh and blood as everyone else. The idea that a 14-year-old immigrant might get service first because she needs it more, and that there’s no way to pull rank? That’s the sort of thing that keeps the nutters up at night.”
You nailed it, Amanda.
I once got into a healthcare debate with the mother of one of my friends in North Carolina. It got a little heated, and she said something like, “well, I don’t want those IMMIGRANTS coming over and getting their paws on our system, and that’s what will happen if we let just anyone get healthcare!”
“You know I was an immigrant, right, Mrs. [last name redacted to protect the guilty]?”
“Um, yes, sure, Natalia, I know that. But… you’re not anything like those irresponsible people, you know?”
Of course. I’m white. And went to a posh school.
Mrs. [last name redacted to protect the guilty] shouldn’t worry so much. As it stands right now, I sure as Hades can’t afford healthcare in the States anyway. And people like her would fight to keep it that way. And call me a traitor (as a charming e-mailer did recently) because when I see a 29-year-old woman with lupus, retroactively dropped from her insurance policy and facing a $700,000 debt, I want to do something about it.