healthcareB-o-r-i-n-g. Yet another debate on television about health care reform. The only thing I found interesting this time was a graphic saying 83 percent of the American people feel satisfied with their current health care coverage and 71 percent think change is needed.

If that doesn’t make total sense to you, all I can say is welcome to America.

But for that 71 percent who think reform is needed — perhaps because they feel compassion toward the less fortunate or even un-American pessimism about their own future status — I can help to change your mind. Just consider these 10 Good Reasons to Oppose Health Care Reform:

1) You are so rich and so sure that you always will be that you don’t even need medical insurance.

2) You have great insurance right now. You are confident that you can always keep it and that it will continue to be affordable.

3) You trust that your insurance company will always say your current doctor is “in network” and will never tell you that you can’t go to that doctor or a specialist of your choice.

4) You have never questioned why your insurance company will only reimburse you $400 for a procedure that both your doctor and hospital and your friends who have had similar procedures insist cost $1200.

5) You just want to protest the idea that some people think end-of-life planning is a sensible idea. Or you just enjoy the creative nonsense that reform inspires among opponents and you want to encourage them to continue to entertain you.

healthcare-credibility6) You don’t feel any moral responsibility when you know that many people have no insurance because they are working but can’t afford it or because they have lost their jobs and have no income. You also don’t care that many other people are vastly under-insured. And you don’t mind continuing to subsidize costly, but often minimal, emergency room care for the uninsured.

7) You think if people have pre-existing conditions and are denied insurance, that is just their own tough luck.

8) You think opposing health care reform is a good way to show off your gun collection.

9) You hate Barack Obama and want to see the American president fail and think opposing health care reform is a good way to bring about a revolution.

10) You think voting against your best interest is cool.

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Keith Graham

Keith Graham

Keith Graham was among the recipients of the prestigious Stella Artois prize at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival. Named for a blind piano player, he is also well known for always giving money to street accordion players. A quotation that he considers meaningful comes from the Irish writer Roddy Doyle: "The family trees of the poor don't grow to any height." In addition to contributing to Like the Dew, Keith frequently posts quotations and links and occasionally longer articles at http://tartantambourine.com/