I think the link between the topic of the magazines with that of my job is what I learn of people and power from each. In this job, especially this project, which deals with income and where individuals fit in the economy, has shown me, up close and in intimate detail, how absolutely unjust our society is. I mean, I knew how it was, but the last few months I've been talking with a few of the people who have become mind-bogglingly wealthy in this economy and to some people who are at the very bottom of it.
So far, every one of the wealthy people have gotten that way by creating a business that is in the medical field (I have two interviews set up for this coming week with wealthy men; lets see if the trend follows). Several of the individuals I've interviewed, lower-class folks and some middle-class ones, do not have health insurance because they can't afford it. The wealthy people seemed like nice people, kind people. They all give a lot of money to charities and seem like they would never deliberately hurt another person but I can't imagine they would support a change in the structure of our health care system. Maybe I'm wrong, but I doubt they would willingly go from this for-profit way of providing health care to a system which allowed all citizens access to the same health care unless they could see some way to make lots of money out of it. The rich men running insurance companies are certainly never going to support those changes. Unless the wealthy back the needed change, I can't see the change ever happening. Our country is too splintered, too divided by other issues and self-satisfied individualism to unite into a grass-roots, populist movement to make any positive changes. The "I've got mine/bootstraps" mentality rules, I'm afraid.
There's that cynicism again.