Why are Americans so afraid about Health Care Reform?
Why are Americans so afraid about Health Care Reform? You mention the word Health Care Reform and it’s like the spawn of Satan; that all hell will break loose if Health Care Reform is adopted.
It will cost too much, my taxes will go through the roof, we can’t trust big government to run health care but meanwhile we can trust the HMO’s, (Health maintenance organizations for those of you who don’t know what an HMO is) those over sized health care insurance companies who are making record profits each year on the back of the sick, we can surely trust them. There our friends, there sole purpose is to protect us from big government and high taxes and they are there for us when we’re sick and need to be taken care of medical wise. If you believe all that? Well then sonny I got a bridge to sell you and it’s a big one, it’s called the Brooklyn Bridge and it’s for sale you know? Good piece of real estate to nab in this ever growing market of confusion and dismay.
Health Care Reform is nothing new it’s been attempted by Americans many times over and now President Obama has given it a shot in the arm and right now looks like he’s on the losing side of the coin. This mostly do to fear amongst average Americans that Health Care Reform will become like this beast of burden, a demon that will suck up their lives and take away what little they have. Or that it will change Medicare and that it will change the way Americans live. These are all scare tactics and the newly elected Republican Senator Scott Brown played on these fears that most Americans have. It’s like the fear we have that Al Qaeda will strike again with the same blow and effect that 911 had. That’s why we increased our airport security to the point it’s no longer a pleasure to fly but a burden in itself. Fear is what makes human beings act irrational and believe that the world is out to get them. That same fear has been installed into any mention of Health Care Reform let alone Universal Health Care which so many countries already have for their citizens. Only the United States of America, a country as rich and as powerful lacks behind in the world when it comes to health care and providing affordable universal health care to all their citizens not just the elite group of people who can afford it or the very poor that are entitled to Medicare. That leaves a wide gap with the middle class and the average worker who doesn’t have the means or the resources to get health care and what happens when they get sick? In many cases they could lose their homes, all their income, everything over the fact that they merely did the human thing which is get sick and getting sick is something none of us humans have any control over.
In Canada we have Universal Health Care and as much as I support the Americans and I’m a Republican or Conservative which ever one you wish to label me as, but I’m still for Universal Health Care and that every human being regardless of race, color or gender has the right to decent, proper and reliable universal health care. And HMO, these so called giant insurance companies have no rights to turn down a person just because of a premedical condition, or suddenly drop their coverage when they become too expensive for them and they lose valuable profits of that individual. These are just some of the principles that President Obama is fighting to change and their noble ones. Americans themselves should really check out what Health Care Reform really is all about, before jumping on the band wagon and declaring it a bad thing or something evil that is being rammed down their throats by the Obama government and the Democrats.
The real issue lies with what is really Health Care Reform. Too some like newly elected Senator Scott Brown it’s a bad thing. Senator Brown feels the urgency to kill the Health Care Reform bill as he believes that the plans to slash Medicare and raise taxes isn’t his cup of tea or the cup of tea of the people of Massachusetts. Who have been known to throw a really good Boston tea party now and now they wish to do the same with President Obama’s Health Care Reform.
The health care system in Canada was hit hard by the American media saying a lot of things that quite simply wasn’t true. Canada’s health care system isn’t perfect. There can be long wait times for certain medical procedures and surgery or getting a new kidney or a heart there is a waiting list or even if you have to go to the emergency. The wait times could be long, sometimes brutally long. But from a writers stand point I’m had the unfortunate pleasure of checking out the American system and for all it’s worth it doesn’t fair that much better then the Canadian health care system except when it comes down to the bill. In the U.S. you either have health insurance or you’re paying it out of your pocket. Even if you have health insurance in many cases you have to pay a deductable that you pay out of your pocket or your health insurance company could refuse to even cover your medical treatment completely leaving you with the hospital or doctors bill to pay on your own. While in Canada there’s no bill whatsoever, the majority of medical services including any trips to the emergency ward is free to all Canadian citizens. Now mind you there is far better health care in the United States for the elite, upper class who can afford the best health care money can buy. But that makes up only a tiny fraction of the United State population. The bottom line is Americans have build their health care system around those who can afford it and those who can’t and I can’t even estimate how many Americans out there are without health care and are forced to suffer needlessly cause they can’t afford to see a doctor let alone go to the emergency department if they have a serious illness or life threatening emergency cause there afraid they’ll be turned away by the hospital if they don’t have proper health insurance to cover their medical illness.
This never happens to any human beings or citizens of Canada, Britain (the United Kingdom), Spain, and Italy. Even such countries as Trinidad and Tobago have Universal Health Care for all their citizens meaning in short free health care for all their citizens. The Canadian and British system is operated by the government for all of it’s citizens and while it’s not perfect, it does provide the basic health care needs to all it’s citizens including free emergency visits, free doctor visits, free surgery, free follow up and free stays if you are hospitalized with any medical condition not leaving the patient with a medical bill he or she might be paying for, for the rest of his or her life especially if he or she doesn’t have health insurance or their health insurance doesn’t cover it all or suddenly drops them for being a burden on their profit margin.
The World Health Organization ranks Frances as the number one health care system in the world, as France’s system covers everyone and has short wait periods. Meanwhile where does the most powerful and most influential nation in the world the United States of America rank on the list of providing the best health care for its citizens. The United States ranks number 37 to Canada’s 30 and the United Kingdoms 18. And to Colombia’s 22 and Chile’s 33.Health care should never be a business, it should be about compassion, caring, dignity, and respect and the treatment of getting a human being back on their feet and well again. Not taking them for every penny they have. This is the issue both Democrats and Republicans should consider before they decide to kill Health Care Reform and bury it for another century.