I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People [HuffingtonPost.com]


Like many Americans, I’m having politics fatigue. Or, to be more specific, arguing-about-politics fatigue.

I haven’t run out of salient points or evidence for my political perspective, but there is a particular stumbling block I keep running into when trying to reach across the proverbial aisle and have those “difficult conversations” so smugly suggested by think piece after think piece:

I don’t know how to explain to someone why they should care about other people.

Personally, I’m happy to pay an extra 4.3 percent for my fast food burger if it means the person making it for me can afford to feed their own family. If you aren’t willing to fork over an extra 17 cents for a Big Mac, you’re a fundamentally different person than I am.

I’m perfectly content to pay taxes that go toward public schools, even though I’m childless and intend to stay that way, because all children deserve a quality, free education. If this seems unfair or unreasonable to you, we are never going to see eye to eye.

If I have to pay a little more with each paycheck to ensure my fellow Americans can access health care? SIGN ME UP. Poverty should not be a death sentence in the richest country in the world. If you’re okay with thousands of people dying of treatable diseases just so the wealthiest among us can hoard still more wealth, there is a divide between our worldviews that can never be bridged.

I don’t know how to convince someone how to experience the basic human emotion of empathy. I cannot have one more conversation with someone who is content to see millions of people suffer needlessly in exchange for a tax cut that statistically they’ll never see (do you make anywhere close to the median American salary? Less? Congrats, this tax break is not for you).

[For more of this story, written by Kayla Chadwick, go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...9811e4b0f078efd98440]

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This health care debate in our political climate really hits home for me. I'm currently covered by health insurance through a COBRA plan with my former employer. Even with COBRA, my health care costs are over $2,000 per month. Without insurance, my costs would be over $10,000 per month. With the proposed changes to the health care act, my pre-existing condition would prevent me from obtaining insurance, which would then prevent me from receiving the medical care that I need. Whenever I explain this to someone, they are shocked. I haven't met anyone personally who wants me to try to live without medical care, and yet, some of these same people support the proposed health insurance changes. It's exhausting to explain how this will impact me, and so many others, but it's even more exhausting that those same people who don't want me to lose insurance, simply don't or won't take ownership of how they are complicit in this problem.