I recently came across an article on businessweek.com concerning the health care debate. This has been a very controversial subject but this writer, Ralph de la Torre, is not focusing on the health care bill exclusively. He is using the topic of universal healthcare in the context of a larger assertion. He believes that our founding principles as a nation are “evolving”. The idea of a universal health care system is only an example of the change that is taking place in American ideals. He argues that the founding father’s principle of individual rights first, is going to become a thing of the past. This is a sign of “national maturity” he argues. He writes:
“But our founding principles are evolving. As nations mature and develop a common identity, they become more cohesive. People begin seeing themselves not as a society of individuals, but as individual members of a society. The trend is anthropological, not partisan, and it's gaining momentum. When our sense of group identity is fully entrenched, health-care reform will become widely popular.”
The idea that humans will suddenly start caring about the benefit of society first and neglect their own personal benefit seems like a radical idea. To act in order to benefit ourselves is part of our human nature. I, unlike Ralph, do not believe that human nature is something that can be changed so easily. I would guess that those in favor of the health care reform are those who expect to benefit from it personally. They are not concerned with benefiting society but more concerned with benefiting themselves, even if it is at the cost of society.