Monday, March 21, 2011

The Privatized Health Care System

Picture this scenario: your house is burning down, but the local firefighters will not put out the fire because you don’t pay high premiums for a certain insurance plan. You have to choose between going into debt because you were not enrolled in a plan or letting your house burn down.

You may have a less pricey plan for fire protection, but that department is an hour away from you and will only pay for firefighters to quell the blazes for half an hour. If you want better than that, you’d better start digging in your pockets.

Sounds ridiculous, right? Welcome to the privatized health care system of America.

President Obama is trying to solve the major problem of 32 million Americans who are in this absurd situation, only it’s their lives and well-being that’s at stake. According to, all Americans would be able to receive the same quality health insurance as members of Congress, premiums from insurance companies will be controlled to keep them low, citizens with pre-existing conditions will no longer be discriminated against and the deficit would be reduced by $100 billion.

So why are so many people against it? According to The New York Times, most republicans argue that it is giving the government too big a role in the health care system. Also, they claim it would kill jobs.

The Center for American Progress disagrees, since they found in a study that the health care reform would create 2.5 million-4 million jobs in the next 10 years. I wonder where the GOP is getting their facts?

Yet with all their complaints, opponents to the reform can’t seem to offer a solution for all the Americans left without coverage. Maybe they don’t think it’s a problem. Maybe they think they don’t deserve health care.

I’d like to end with a quote from our Speaker of the house, John Boehner, from Nightly News:

“While, yes, not every American had fair access to affordable health insurance, every American had access to the best health care delivery system in the world.”

You’re right, Mr. Boehner, they did have access – that is, if they wanted to spend the rest of their lives paying off the bill. And if we have the best system in the world, why is Sarah Palin running over to Canada to get her treatment? Canada has a socialized health insurance system that provides equal care to all citizens. But we all know that’s evil.

Kirstin Cook
Communication Studies
Wilkes 2013

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