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The Blue & Gray Press | February 24, 2019

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Letter to the Editor: Healthcare Reform Needs Action

Dear Editor:

Over the last few months, this nation has seen a divisive struggle over the concerns of healthcare reform. On one side, we see a group of concerned Americans who believe it is not only our moral responsibility as the leaders of the free world to provide inexpensive health care for all our citizens; it is the only way to financially save this nation’s economy.
On the other side, we have a group of people who believe… well… nobody knows exactly what they believe because they don’t know what they believe.

Now, I can sit here and attempt to educate them, attempt to reach beyond those imaginary, stubborn barriers that are sealing off rational thought from entering their thick skulls; however, I’ve concluded that not only is it a waste of time, it is unnecessary if the rest of America takes the right steps.

Fact: The side that opposes healthcare reform with all its disreputable motives is a minority that makes up between 30 and 35 percent of America.

We do not need those individuals at all in order to pass the healthcare reform this nation so desperately needs.

I’d like for us to take the origin of Medicare into consideration. That plan faced the same amount of desperate opposition as this reform does today, but it was passed with no sympathy to what that minority wanted. Today, it is accepted and championed on both sides of the aisle.

So why are we, the same majority of America, not able to pass this reform, not able to grow a pair and say to hell with what that side wants?

It comes down to one thing: apathy. The sane side doesn’t seem to care. While the other side sends thousand of people to rally Capitol Hill, disrupt town hall meetings, and seize the debate with idiotic notions of “death panels,” the sane side argues the issues in coffee shops and on Twitter. Being loud, angry, and virtually crazy always wins the debate.

My prescription: the sane majority needs a healthy dose of insanity.

Sean Vina is a junior.


  1. Tess M. Carson

    Where are your statistics? How can you say that you are going to sit there and attempt to educate them? You are implying that the people who need the education are younger and/or dumber than you are; you are a junior in college- there are several people out there who posses more knowledge than you do. Just because you have a different stand on the issue does not mean that you are correct OR that you have the skills necessary to “educate” them- if they in fact need the education at all. And the “imaginary, stubborn barriers you speak of”- I am just a little bit confused, as a reader, how you can prove this. Your argument seems to be decent but you assume several facts that you cannot prove- or if you can, it is not noted anywhere in your argument. I also think it is interesting that you tell people to grow a pair- how can you tell someone to do something that you, in fact, cannot or are not able to do yourself.

  2. Stephen

    Sean, I’m not sure you have the capacity to educate anyone.

    Doesn’t UMW offer blog space for unsubstantiated rants?

    Here’s a fact for you: Most newspapers are written at an 8th grade reading level, this op-ed seeks to lower the bar.

    We should expect more from our student body or nothing at all.