Screw the rest: UU social justice should be UNIVERSAL Health Care

We’re a weak bunch. Let’s face it. We’re horrible at organization, follow through, and devotion to, well, anything. Efforts of UU Social Justice suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder. Food for the poor, bicycles to tsunami victims, gay rights, migrant rights, and- oh yeah- we’re still in a war.

I applaud individuals helping individuals, but organizations are formed to make organizational changes. And I’m not talking about any specific organization, but my sense of UUSJ efforts on the whole.

The only way for UU’s to have impact as a group, is to unite behind one issue, and no issue is as fresh, primed, and ready for a UU push like health care. Why?

It’s in the name.

Universal Health Care the only issue that affects everyone regardless of sexuality, race, color, creed, or gender. It also eliminates some of the battles we’re fighting for on our other fronts- health benefits to the spouses of gay workers, vetran care, and children.

Academics support it. Doctors support it. And now, the American people support it.

It advances our core principles, raising awareness in the most alienated American of our interconnectedness, while promoting a financial structure that promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every person instead of reducing individuals to claim numbers and profit margins. And it will help our business compete in the world community, removed of the burden of providing health care solely to Americans.

But mostly, it’s in the name.

There are many other issues we should promote on an individual level, but this tiny organization’s brand should be concise.

We’re Unitarian Universalists. We support Universal Health Care.

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One Response to “Screw the rest: UU social justice should be UNIVERSAL Health Care”

  1. will shetterly Says:

    I think there’s a lot to be said for that. The last great UU cause was civil rights because it was here in the US and you couldn’t miss it. Universal health care fits that.

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