Two of the most essential elements of the HICKS/YOU 2020 movement are: 1) People being able to make their own autonomous choices for themselves based on their values, ethics, and sensibilities, and 2) Flexibility on the part of the U.S. Government, so that the individual needs of Americans can be met thoroughly and dynamically met.
Former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act had its heart in the good place of wanting to ensure that Americans healthcare needs would be met. However, penalizing people for not participating was one of that policies many shortcomings. Especially since many of the people penalized were America’s most vulnerable citizens, already struggling with poverty, untreated mental illness, and alienation from society.
Progress is a process. Sometimes a new idea needs a lot of refinement before it can be successfully implemented and warmly received. The Affordable Care Act wanted to treat healthcare as a right (which is a progressive concept that we all may be able to get behind someday so long as we find a reasonable way to fund it), but instead treated as mandatory.
Rights should not be mandatory. We have a right to bear arms, but imagine a society where we’re fined if we don’t own guns (if someone wants to turn that it into a movie, contact me; I’ll help you flesh it out).
Your basic right to breathe is so obvious that nobody bothered putting it in the Constitution. But if you make up your mind to stop breathing, that’s ultimately your choice.
(The primary objective of this movement is to co-create a society where nobody has a compelling socioeconomic motive to want to stop breathing anymore, but even in that society you’d still have the right to decide for yourself. Anything else is, and let’s just call it what it is: tyranny.)
Then we have Bernie Sanders leading the charge for Medicare for All.
A few years ago, I wholeheartedly supported Sanders’ plan. Medicare for All would satisfy my healthcare wants and needs as an individual.
Alas, there are well over three hundred million people in America. And I am of the sometimes-challenging persuasion that every single one of their voices matters.
So when we’re implementing these well-intended policies, and even one American says, “No, this does not work for me, because-” our reactions as politicians and leaders should never be to interrupt and say, “Sorry. I know what is better for you than you do. Get over it.”
Look. I love Bernie Sanders. He has ideas that we would do well to listen to. But so does everyone. Some people may laugh at that statement, but I honestly believe it. It behooves us all to listen more closely and deeply to what others are saying. Even the most seemingly ignorant and misguided person has something to say worth hearing.
Some people are terrified of socialism. Meanwhile those who fight for Democratic Socialism don’t really know with 100% certainty if it would work in America. They are in love with an idea. The idea has given them a vision for the future that’s beautiful. They sometimes think of others who don’t see that same vision as ignorant, fearful, and small-minded.
Those who are certain that socialized medicine will take us down the rocky path of Venezuela often see purported socialists as ignorant, foolhardy, and maybe too open-minded.
No one on any side of the argument can truly say for certain how their ideas will play out if executed into the future. There are simply too many variables, too many unknowns, and too many obstacles to predict our trajectory with absolute certainty.
The variables, unknowns, and obstacles increase dramatically when we have an agenda to impose our views and values on others. This creates a tension that leads to loud arguments where neither side is listening. It leads to others reinforcing their efforts to impose their views and values back on you. It is a situation that causes all sides to dig further into their extremes until there’s nothing left but insanity and chaos.
Sound familiar? Because that’s essentially the polarized society we’re living in today. And that’s why HICKS/YOU 2020 exists. To facilitate balance, harmony, depolarization, and respect for the autonomy of all beings.
Even if universal, single-payer healthcare is what’s best for our future as a society (and it very well probably is), that time has not come yet. If we implement that system now, we’d be forcing it on many people without their approval or consent.
There’s another word for forcing yourself on others against their will and without their consent.
It’s called rape…
That may seem like a sensationalist exaggeration, but I guarantee you that I speak for many, many people in America today, when I say that it is not uncommon to feel raped and violated by the U.S. Government’s inability to respect the depths and dimensions of the human condition.
So, let’s pump the brakes (just to avoid the forthcoming collision; once we’re in the clear, we can put the pedal to the metal).
We have the technology, resources, and clear motives available, to implement a system in which both universally-available Medicare and private insurance can co-exist simultaneously.
This will benefit workers in the health insurance industry too, by providing them time for training and development, or to transition to new occupations altogether.
Is there any real reason not to do this? I’m listening…