Health Care as a guarantee of your right to life.

It’s no secret that health care has taken an oxymoronic turn for the worse in this country. The debate over it’s reform has a lot of people up in arms. Words like recision and socialism have crept into every day conversation. So, let’s you and I talk about it. If you’re from outside the US, feel free to chime in. I’m Interested in people’s opinions who live in countries with government run or controlled health care.
That said, lets look back in history and peer into words of our fore fathers. In the Declaration of Independence we have three of what they call inalienable rights. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I’ve already given my thoughts on the pursuit of happiness, but what I want to look at right now is life. It occurred to me that our current health care system is in direct conflict to this inalienable right. When an insurer takes away your coverage, after you’ve paid your premiums and jummped through their hoops, they are infringing on your right to live. You’ve played their game, by their rules, and they still won’t play fair.
This is where I think socialized medicine should come in. We need to decouple the word socialism from communism and think of it more like public works and infrastructure. I think the government should be involved in our health. It’s their job to look out for our well being. When decisions about our health and well being are being made by a group who are more concerned about profit than people, I believe the government should act on the behalf of the people. Plenty of other industries are regulated in the interest of the public, and health care should certainly be no different.
Those in the government who are influenced by health care lobbyists will tell you that socialized medicine is expensive. Well, it is. You may pay more taxes, but you might not ever pay premiums or copays again. You would also have the peace of mind in knowing that a major illness won’t lead to bankruptcy and that you’ll get the treatments you need. Additionally, the government has a vested interest in keeping you alive. You pay taxes, and they want your money.
In almost all major illnesses early detection leads to greater success in treatment, but if it’s cost prohibitive many people wait until it’s worse than it ever should have become before seeking treatment. If the government is picking up the bill, then you can go to the doctor at the first sign of trouble.
There are some other benefits to socialized medicine. The government can focus on prevention and healthy living by encouraging (and paying for) regular screenings and check ups. By focusing on prevention and early detection, the government actually save money by avoiding costlier more invasive and time consuming treatments. This would then benefit you by not leading tax increases to pay for expensive procedures.
A healthy populace is an important aspect to any government. Healthy workers make for more efficient and productive workers. A more efficient and productive work force makes for a stronger economy. A stronger economy means higher wages and better benefits. You win again.
People, socialized medicine is not a restriction of you personal liberties. It is in fact guarantying one of your inalienable rights as stated by our declaration of independence. Socialism is not the end of the American dream, it is not communism, and it is not going to replace our representative democracy.

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I'm just a normal thirty something guy. Married with a house, tow cars, and one dog. I enjoy my work, but not always my job. I love to travel abroad, specifically the UK. I swear I was the tallest guy in Tokyo when I was there. I prefer reading to movies and tv. I prefer Sci-fi to most everything else. I feel it fits better as an escapist past time. I'm also a student of history. How can one learn from the past if they don't know anything about it? If this all seems rather random, it is. My life has been a series of free associations. I wouldn't have it any other way. If you like what I post, tell a friend. If you don't, tell a friend anyways. They might like it. FC113 View all posts by faultcode113

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