Health Care: “To Be, Or Not To Be…”

Greetings and salutations! Healthcare in the United States is an issue that has been talked about since the 1920’s, and the debate is still ongoing. should there be healthcare, why or why not? This post will expose three different viewpoints on the subject that is still at hand today. Hope you enjoy and God bless!

Health Care: From “Me” To “We”, By: Alexander Alonso

Health care, in America, is a huge benefit for those who have it, but for those who do not, their lives are spent worrying about so much as a cold, for fear of the financial burden that will follow. Should one in the “land of the free” worry about becoming a slave to debt because of one hospital visit? Was health care not built to help the people? I believe it is possible to have a better health care system in America; like the Canadians, we all simply need to stop thinking about ourselves and care for our fellow citizens.

The number of uninsured Americans is steadily increasing from 46.6 million in 2005, to an approximated 56 million by 2015 (Jost 3). If you are insured, who cares, right? But for those who are not, it makes a difference. In a movie produced by Michael Moore, titled “SiCKO,” he tells the story about Larry Godfrey, a Canadian citizen who came to the States for a vacation. Larry was golfing in Florida when his left bicep detached from his radial bone and flung up through his arm and into his chest, like a rubber band contracting after being stretched. Having out of the country medical insurance he was not worried, little did he know that it would have cost him $24,000. Larry returned to Canada and had all necessary surgeries for a total of zero dollars. Moore asked him, “Why do you expect your fellow Canadians, who don’t have your problem; why should their tax dollars have to pay for a problem you have?” Larry responded, “Because, we would do the same for them…”(Moore). There is the solution! If we, the individual citizens of America, would simply care for each other as a whole, instead of caring only about the self, we could change the paradigm of our current health care system.

Only in America, it seems, have we lost sight of that family “we would do the same for them” feeling. We simply need to care, take the “me” spirit out and bring the “we” spirit back, and we would be off to a resounding start. Having the same mentality as Larry Godfrey, by doing what our parents and grandparents told us to do when we were five, following the golden rule; treat others the way we want to be treated.

Works Cited

Jost, Timothy Stoltzfus. Health Care at Risk: a Critique of the Consumer-Driven Movement.

London: Duke University Press, 2007. Print.

Rick, and Larry Godfrey. Interview by Michael Moore. SiCKO. Michael Moore. 2007. DVD.

Health care: what should be done?, by: Ashley Hawkins

In America more than 9 million children lack health insurance (Sicko). Is it because parents don’t think there kids will get hurt? No, it’s because people cannot afford it. The average cost of health insurance is difficult to measure precisely. According to Kaiser, the mean cost in 2008 of insurance from an employer was $4,700 per year for an individual and $17,700 per year for a family of four (Wright 1). In countries like Canada and the United Kingdom individuals do not have to worry about the high cost of medical insurance that they cannot afford. They can go to any facility and know that they don’t have to pay for anything. In an effort to help the American people, they U.S needs to take on a more effective health care system like Universal health care system of England and Canada.

In other countries like England and Canada they have free health care. “Canada has a universal health care system that’s paid for through income taxes and sales tax. All Canadians are covered under their country’s healthcare system. doctors are available for them to see with no co-pays or deductibles. Some things aren’t covered such as: optometry, dentistry and outpatient prescription drugs. In order to pay for these services many Canadians have private insurance. England’s health care system covers all types of health issues including disabilities and serious health problems. In addition, “Overall about 86% of prescriptions are provided free by the English health care system”. While there is many advantages to the system many people complain about the emergencies services and there slow reaction time.

When it all comes down is our United States health care has a lot of faults. And we can do several different things to try to improve our health care system in 2010 President Barrack Obama is trying to change the health system so everyone well have insurance and thats great effort in fixing the health care system but I feel would be a more efficient way would be starting from square one and start all over again and seeing the health care systems and trying to improve those then that work already then make the new and improved one ours. Because continuing to go in the same direction we are going with these unaffordable health insurances will lead us unto a downward spiral to nowhere. So change is inevitable if it’s now or later. We say America’s the best country in the world so we need to start acting like it.

Thanks Obama, and I’mma Let You Finish…., by: Andrew Cortez

After countless fights between those against and for the controversial healthcare bill, it was passed on March 23, 2010. Some think it’s the first big act of the socialist antichrist while others think that Barak Obama is a god and he is raining his grace upon America. I agree with some aspects, but there are some things that really worry me.

I agree that people shouldn’t be cheated out of healthcare just because of preexisting conditions or age. Jobs should all have healthcare benefits, but I also know how Americans think. Because everyone will have healthcare, this will give the unemployed and all out lazy people even less motivation to get a job. I find it quite a bit un-American that healthcare will be mandated to all citizens.

In the capitalist America I know and love, you got a job and worked hard so you would be able to buy a house, a car, and insurance for various things; including healthcare. Those who were less fortunate and unemployed were sadly unable to afford some if not all of those things. But through the years, insurance companies have become more and more corrupt, and it has become very hard for most people to obtain basic healthcare. In fact, a poll taken in July 2009 showed that sixteen percent, or one in six Americans, are uninsured (“16 percent of Americans”).

Then President Barak Obama came along with his new healthcare reform to “revolutionize America.” Some of the highlights included, “Individuals purchasing plans through the exchanges would have to pay for abortion coverage from their own funds,” and my personal favorite, “Illegal immigrants would not be allowed to buy health insurance in the health insurance exchanges.” (“Highlights of Healthcare Compromise Bill”). There is also a statement saying that Americans will be required to buy healthcare or pay a fine of possibly 2.5 percent of your income by 2016 (“Highlights of Healthcare Compromise Bill”).

Those first few sounded pretty great, but this fine clause really bothers me. It’s like they’re saying, “Our healthcare is so wonderful and it will help the economy and be equal to all, so you had better buy it…” It really makes me wonder what the next few years will hold for our country.

I hate to take a side in this Democrat/Republican War, but it’s really starting to sound like President Obama is trying to slowly turn our capitalist, freedom-loving country into a Socialist Republic. The America I grew up in believed in the Stars and Stripes, not the Hammer and Sickle. It was a country that believed in freedom of speech, religion, and to bear arms, among many other things. But that America has slowly disappeared to little more than just a fond memory. The freedoms we once had, diminished. Our previous healthcare was corrupt and focused a large bit on capitol, but this new bill doesn’t look too promising. I’m not trying to say the end of the world is here. All I’m saying is America is changing, and not for the better. It changed way too much after 9/11, and now even more so. Maybe the change we can count on isn’t the change we really need or want.

Works Cited

“16 Percent of Americans without Health Insurance.” Medical News 22 Jul. 2009: n. pag. Web. 4 May 2010. .

“Highlights of Health Care Compromise Bill.” CNN Politics 19 Mar. 2010: n. pag. Web. 4 May 2010..

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ruth Zuniga on June 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I strongly agree with the post by alexander. Not only will not being greaty and thinking of others get the U.S. a better health care system, but it will also have everyone healthier, and happy. The U.S. is suppose to be like he says, “free” and unfortunatly when one lives in the U.S. one can see the very unfair situations. The worst part of all of this is that not only is there a solution to the problem which is not being done, but people are so controlled by the thought of becoming rich and money that the changes will happen very slowly.

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  2. Posted by Marianne Steverson on June 2, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    This whole insurance thing flies over my head! I don’t understand some aspects of it. I’m a little scared when I get older and can no longer be on my mother’s insurance, because I don’t know how to pick the right insurance. I won’t know which one is really the best provider and which one has the best benefits for me and my future fambam.

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