No! No Healthcare for you!

I’m looking at this from a purely outsider’s point of view, so please forgive my simplistic viewpoint here.

But am I right that a first world country that claims to be democratic and the ‘land of the free’ is seriously doing this:

Current president wants a healthcare system that treats all humans no matter their financial background, race, age or gender.

Major politicians are putting the country’s major state services on hold because they think that basic healthcare for all humans is wrong? Am I right in thinking that only rich people should be treated medically? Stop for a second. Didn’t I just say that this was a first world country that claims democracy? As in for the people.

And these people are willing to put their country on hold so that rich people don’t have to face more tax, and poor people can die without access to medical care. Children can live in poverty and I’ll health because they had the misfortune to be born into the ‘wrong’ family. From an outsiders perspective, it seems like these politicians value their cash more than human life.

Apologies for the sweeping generalisation, but what the hell is wrong with you America? For a Christian country, you’re putting on a very poor show.

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9 thoughts on “No! No Healthcare for you!

  1. Unfortunately, they have been putting on a poor show for a very long time and will continue to do so for a very long time. If you are rich you are rich and if you are poor you are poor. There is very little middle ground. Money talks. End of.

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  2. Study Obamacare a bit more before commenting upon the resistance against it. It in very few measurable ways meets the criteria you have assigned it. You’d be right if it did. Sadly, it doesn’t.

    And America being the ‘land of the free’ is a large part of people’s dislike for it. It infringes upon many freedoms, both within and without the direct sphere of health insurance and medical care access, e.g., a 40+ year-old man who has always enjoyed good health can no longer choose to have lower, less expensive coverage and doctors who actually agree to be part of the health insurance exchanges are more limited in what procedures and medicines they can use than under private plans for the sake of cost savings.

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    • Ok, I see what you’re saying. However, imagine paying a small percentage of your earnings to a central reserve that then in turn provides healthcare for free at point of access to everyone. If you want to top it up to a better service, then you can.

      I say this as someone who happily has a percentage of my wages deducted to pay for a national health service. I do not fight to pay less into this scheme because when needed, I was able to walk into a hospital in early labour and be treated without charge or insurance papers. There was no need to worry about money, just about my tiny premature daughter who was also cared for from the moment she was born. I also rest assured that any other woman in that same situation could walk into that same hospital and be treated the same way no matter who they were or how much they earn.

      It’s not about what I can get or what I deserve, it’s about not being selfish. It’s about looking after everyone.

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      • Indeed it is the NHS in Britain. It’s also the model for many other nationalised healthcare systems worldwide. It’s one of the reasons why so many people just don’t get why Americans are fighting against a healthcare for all plan.

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    • I believe you’ve got some misinformation there. When buying into the health exchange, there are four levels of care, and the buyer is responsible for deciding how much to spend and what type of coverage to get. So a healthy person who rarely visits a doctor might choose a lower-service, less expensive plan.

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      • Actually, not everyone is able to choose which level they want, e.g., I’m too old to be allowed to choose a lesser plan. Also, the exchange plans are more expensive in most states than going it alone without their “help.”

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  3. Well, that comment above didn’t end up where I meant for it to go, which was in reply to Jonolan, above.

    As a US citizen, I’m absolutely appalled and ashamed at the behavior of a significant faction of our lawmakers. As government employees, they’ve got the best health care available, for free. But, as you say, the attitude is “I’m well-off so I’ve got mine. Too bad for everyone else.”

    Even more repulsive, all 50 states were given the option of receiving increased federal funding for medical insurance for the poorest of the poor (titled “Medicaid) as a result of the ACA. Many states (including my own, I’m ashamed to admit) chose to reject this money with the disingenuous argument that they didn’t want to add to the national debt and with the selfish and childish attitude that they refused to play ball with the Obama administration. These lawmakers prefer to leave the working poor in the constant fear of becoming ill or injured. Not to mention the fact that when the working poor are ill or injured their only recourse is a hospital emergency room, and therefore the cost of medical care for the rest of the population is driven up to cover those expenses.

    The opposition to the ACA is short-sighted, mean-spirited, untruthful, and downright ugly. -Amy at http://www.momgoeson.wordpress.com

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  4. Let me say upfront that I support access to good health care of the patients choosing as a fundamental right. However, I have two points against this current plan:

    1. It is a boondoggle of a law! Have you read it? Of course not, no one has it’s 1400 pages! It puts lots of money in the hands of insurance companies while making evey citizen buy insurance whether they wish to have it or not. That is not “land of the free”. Our insurance costs has gone up just in anticipation of the law coming into effect!

    2. This is an epic distraction from the fact that elite bankers and scary shadow government types are quietly stealing the last of America’s wealth while trying to escalate an international conflict into the next US led war on mostly innocent populations that our US media is trying to convince us are the enemy.

    Healthcare is no what we should be talking about. Changing the system is. Peace, love and enlightenment for all

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