Endlessly we go on about this and that related to health care in the U.S. Much of the argument has been clandestinely posed for us by insurance and pharmaceutical companies who know their greedy profits may be called into question. Health care should be a right guaranteed to all Americans ...all Americans.
It is repugnant to think that there are Americans opposing universal health care or some similar one payer system that gives every citizen a right to equal and good care. It is shameful that we have allowed these medically-related behemoths to manipulate us into acting selfishly. We should not be in competition with each other to receive care. When it comes to our health, it should never be a question of whether we have access to preserving and treating it with the best this nation has to offer. Nothing less should be acceptable. Only in the U.S. among ALL industrial nations is bankruptcy common and caused by medical costs. The inhumanity of it!
You can split hairs all you want about the intricacies related to health care, but the overriding thing is that it should be available to all, rich or poor, all races, all ages, all locations, all Americans. There are times when the American spirit of individualism is good, but this is not one of those times if it comes to the detriment of any one of our fellow citizens.
The overall cost of health care would be reduced immensely with a one-payer system. Period. A universal health care system would mean all Americans would be covered. Period. Removing the profit motive from health care is the democratic and moral thing to do. Period. However we do this, it should be done now, with this Congress, with this President, within this year. To wait is an inhumane act.
We Americans pay TWICE as much for health care as any industrial nation, and every imaginable statistic clearly shows we die earlier, have more serious diseases, and simply are not getting good health care. Think of it: DOUBLE the cost of what social democracies pay with far worse results. In large measure it is because good health care cannot be afforded by far too many of our citizens. This is an insult to any thinking American, let alone Americans with a conscience. Contact your senator and respresentative and tell them that for once you would like to see them act out of conscience --to do the right thing-- and not to puppet what their big corporate insurance and medical vote-purchasers want.
Be an true American, support universal health care.