“Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income.”
Is this not a statement that you would agree with? Are we not the most powerful nation on the planet? We can and do wreak destruction wherever, whenever and on whomever we desire. If we can provide death and destruction to others, Why can’t we offer basic health to our own citizens?…not that I’m an advocate of death and destruction to others…but still, why not a national health care system that provides quality health care for all in the most cost-effective way possible for all of the citizens in this most shocking and awesome country?
Yet, there are still about 50 million people in our advanced and wealthy nation who lack health insurance and millions more who can hardly afford the healthcare plan they have now. In fact, about 45,000 Americans die every year because they can not get to a doctor when a doctor is just what they need… which ironically enough is just about the same amount who also die in automobile accidents and get killed by guns each year… but more importantly, when it comes to life expectancy, infant mortality and other important health outcomes, the United States is behind almost every other advanced country in the world.
However, and this is the truly amazing part and the absolute crux and heart of the matter, the U.S. spends almost twice as much per person on health care as any other nation! That is amazing! We spend approximately $2.7 trillion annually — on health care…and yet 50 million of our citizens don’t get any! So who gets the money? And why so much of it? And why wouldn’t they want 50 million more customers?!
At least The Affordable Care Act is an improvement. It prevents insurance companies from denying patients coverage for pre-existing conditions, helps lower-income Americans afford health insurance and keeps our children on our existing policies when they can’t find jobs…and it will help those who don’t have insurance now, find some.
And what do the House Republicans who hate the Affordable Care Act offer as an alternative?
Just the same old 2nd world healthcare for a first world nation!
And now they are holding the US Government hostage by shutting it down and putting more Americans out of work while denying new healthcare benefits for those who may have none.
And I wonder…
Are we bombing anyone tonight?