St. Jerome Meditating over the Bible, Bernardo Strozzi’s (1581–1644)

It is time to re-establish our reputation as a country that welcomes the stranger and embraces our shared humanity.

U.S. Army Soldiers with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, stand in formation with Iraqi soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 12th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, during the turnover ceremony of Multi-National Force — Iraq, Combat Outpost Power in the Aden District of Mosul, Iraq, June 7, 2009. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Kamaile O. Chan)

We don’t have to live like this.

Lady Bird Johnson, former President Harry Truman, and Bess Truman look on as President Lyndon Johnson signs Medicare into law. Photo by Francis Miller/The Life Picture Collection/Getty

Those who use “socialism” as a pejorative term to fear-monger want you to think that America can’t afford to provide universal healthcare. But the fact is, we can’t afford not to.

In this piece, I’m going to make the case for 4 arguments:

  1. Universal healthcare is fiscally responsible.
  2. Not only is universal healthcare the moral thing to do, our current system is un-American and anti-entrepreneurial.
  3. The status quo props up a hugely wasteful, inefficient system — a.k.a., socialism for corporations and the rich.
  4. America has never been afraid of taking on the big…

Julie Oliver

Austin, Texas.

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