With the nation at odds over the current status of health care, many people are still confused on how this will really affect Americans. Media outlets that are reporting on this subject seem only to make everyone more anxious about the outcome of all the quarreling.
But what does it actually mean for you and me? The debate over health care reform comprises of some of the issues mentioned below:
• Is there a given right to health care?
• Which individuals should have access to it?
• How does this affect the illegal immigrant population?
• Who will be required to help toward the cost of providing health care?
• Will this ultimately bankrupt America?
• Should Americans be forced to buy insurance?
• How does this affect employees already paying high premiums?
• Will it actually help the elderly and Medicare?
• How will Social Security be impacted?
• What is the Federal Government’s role in all of this?
In about 62% of all personal bankruptcy in the US, medical debt is cited as the biggest factor. This is almost unknown in other countries in the developed world. The US spends a huge portion of total yearly income on health care than any other nation in the world.
What is truly sad is that the United States is the only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not ensure that all citizens have coverage. There is so much division over this debate that many are resorting to threats and violence to get the message across. Even Sarah Palin is making statements that can be viewed as inflammatory. Her role in the so called “Tea Party” can be viewed by some as a person trying to overthrow the government by any means necessary. How has an issue that should only incur healthy and serious conversation among those affected turn into a heated, disrespectful, and downright violent argument? Those in favor of universal health care argue that the large number of uninsured Americans creates direct and hidden costs shared by all, and that extending coverage to all would lower costs and improve quality. Those that are opposed state that requiring people to have health insurance infringes on their personal freedom.
Has anyone done any real research to back up the claims of both sides? Is the extensive media coverage hurting the outcome? There are so many avenues to explore and no real time to do it. The politicians seem more concerned with attacking each other in the press than sitting down and hammering out a resolution to the mess that was created years ago. That is the real problem for Americans. These problems did not occur overnight and it was a steaming pot that kept boiling and now has overflowed. The real issue is that everyone should be entitled to some sort of health care. Who pays for it is the real dilemma and nothing can be gained from backbiting and name calling.
The time is now to act and give Americans what they richly deserve and worked so hard for – affordable healthcare. The world is watching.