Friday, September 30, 2016

FEATURE ARTICLES. FACING THE TRUTH.- WHAT IS THE REALITY BEHIND THE OPPOSITION TO UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IN THE UNITED STATES?


Medic, Hospital, Laboratory, Medical

Although I have covered this subject under the category of Ethics and Morality, this article covers an area that is distinct.  The bottom line is that there are individuals and/or groups in the U.S who do not want Affordable Health Insurance for everyone.  Basically, they are thinking of no one but themselves. 

They may state other reasons, but it only is to avoid admitting the truth publicly.  However, I would like to make it clear that any of the following are not to be considered 100% inclusive.  There are members, perhaps even a majority, who would reject the self-centered mind-set of those who are part of their group.

  • Those with Health Care Plans that provide extensive coverage, beyond that of most regular plans.-  They consider their status as being among the elite, regardless of actual impact on society through their actions as an employee.  To them, there are the Haves and the Have Nots.
  • Citizens who in the past were not covered.  This group includes those who are now covered because they became part of a protected group.  Since they suffered in the past, why should others not suffer as they did?
  • Those who realize that with the addition of millions of newly insured Americans, that there might be a delay in receiving non-life threatening care.
  • Since it's true that the new law will not affect everyone equally, why should it   be applied and financed by those who don't see any immediate benefit.

What really amazes me is the often blatant hypocrisy of many opponents of the new law.  "Why should I help fund a law I don't need," they shout to the heavens.  However, they conveniently forget;
  • Grants and Scholarships.                
  • Small Business Loans.                               
  • Home Mortgage Loans.
  • Flood and other disaster relief.
  • Bailing out Financial Institutions,
      because of criminal and/or professional incompetence. 

Get the picture. All of the above are examples, among others, of Government Assistance to a select portion of the population.  I wonder how many opponents of Universal Health Care, or their family, can honestly say they have never turned to Government for aid in a time of need, or to rescue their High Incomes from a corrupt "Trusted Adviser."

There are practical reasons to support Universal Health Care, that will benefit the U.S in the long term.  I just hope that practical is never equated with moral.

(ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 10/10/2013)