I realize that this post is going to be a little off topic, and I generally keep my nose out of political discussions when I feel I don't know enough about the topic, or the person I am talking to. But, in this instance I feel it is necessary for me to open my big mouth (even though I'm inviting the criticism).
I've been sick the last few days, and have had quite a few sleepless nights, and I've been reading new blogs, and articles I otherwise wouldn't have. Anyway there is an actress by the name of Carly Chaikin, whom I started following via twitter (@CarlyChaikin), because I thought it would be interesting to what the life of an up-and-comer is like. W
ell she started writing a blog a while ago, and while I've never read it before, being up as late as I was last night I decided to take a look. No I like to give everyone the benefit of a doubt, but I was a little disappointed to find this.
Carly posted a political blog about how she voted for President Obama, but now she was disappointed with all the "shit he wants to do to healthcare". And while I haven't been following the healthcare reform news as closely as I should, and I don't know how it will directly be affecting Dr.'s, but I do know that some of the things Miss Chaikin said really ticked me off. For example,
"This will mean doctors will be getting paid an incredibly low amount, like so
meone with an average job would get."
Now I don't know what Miss Chaikin considers to be an "average job", but my instinct was to resent that comment because the fact that she used "average" says to me that there is a majority in that group. And my assumption was that she was placing an importance on doctors over any other career. And then she said,
"It disgusts me that doctors don't make the most money out of anyone."
And for me that proved it. I left a comment on her blog, as follows:
For those of you who will say, "Hannah You're a communist bitch". I will simply say, I am not. I agree that Doctors deserve to have a higher base pay just because of all the schooling that they have to complete (as with many other professions) just to get the M.D. at the end of their name.
My beef isn't with Chaikin's point, it is with how she presented it. But I will be honest, if the government does have to cut some of those salaries to make room for healthcare, so be it. And, my guess is that most doctors went into medicine because they wanted to help and heal people, not for the paycheck. And if it was for the paycheck, then they did it for the wrong reasons. Everyone deserves to be taken care of. And everyone deserves decent, affordable healthcare. With the majority of our country nearing, at, or below the poverty line I dare anyone to stand up in a public place and say that a $100,000 dollar salary just isn't enough. The truth of the matter is that the american public just can't afford healthcare as it is now, me included. Until last month I hadn't been to the dentist in two years, why? Because My co-pays, and other out of pocket expenses are too high, why? Because when cuts to healthcare are made dental is the first to go.
As for athletes and entertainers, what I don't think most people realize is that the reason they make so much more money than anyone else is because WE give it to them. Those positions are paid based on how much money they potentially could make an entire corporation. And those corporations make a lot of money every time you, and your friends go out and see the movie, watch the tv show, or game, or buy the dvd, the soundtrack, the album, the magazine, the perfume, clothing line, memorabilia. Entertainers and athletes, are just that, ENTERTAINERS, those industries were invented to bring joy, so that when times are tough you can lose yourself in a movie, tv show, song, or even game. We give them our money. We make them rich. So if you are sick and tired of them making more money than you, or I could make (together) in a lifetime, stop giving them your money.