The deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan for 2019 coverage is quickly approaching on Dec. 15. As a result, all the glaring flaws of the U.S. healthcare system are in full view. I, myself, just recently enrolled in a healthcare plan for the new year and the exorbitant cost of the plan is absurd. Yet it is essential if I am to have any hope of paying any unforeseen medical expenses.
In short, health care in the United States is a privilege; not a right. The simple act of typing those words or, worse still, saying them aloud is painful and ludicrous within a modern civilization. Yet, here we are. Another year and health care prices continue to rise.
This system is a beast of capitalism; fed and nurtured by insatiable corporate greed. It is a luxury for those who can easily afford it and a burden by those who struggle to make ends meet. It is a predatory tool against the poor. The common good of humankind is inconsequential when profit can be made.
WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL
Such a system cannot continue in this county. Universal healthcare is the best path forward, yet it is faced with such resistance. It would mean additional taxes in order to fund and many are opposed to this idea. However, if the additional tax is less than a monthly premium on an individual basis, than why not opt to take the cheaper option? In fact, in a study reported by Truthout, Medicare for all would save the U.S. approximately $5.1 trillion over the course of ten years. The study and report cite the most significant source of savings would come from drug costs and administration.
Ultimately, the pushback against such policy is rooted in selfishness. Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez, the youngest person ever elected to the House of Representatives, made a post calling out how Congress members pay less in healthcare than she paid as a waitress. She, too, calls for Medicare for all. Her revelation to Congressional actions towards healthcare reiterate the national question of the wealthy: “Why should I help pay for the healthcare of others?” The answer is simple: Because we have a moral responsibility to help our fellow human beings. We ought, and need, to help one another in this life.
UNITE FOR A BETTER FUTURE
This world is harsh enough as it is without the fear of facing it alone. Why should we doom ourselves and others to needless suffering when we could do some small part to help alleviate the strain on others? What value does a luxurious life have if it comes at the cost of misery for others?
We ought to help lighten the load when we are able. We cannot continue to drive up the cost to survive when it puts so many people at risk. Healthcare should be a right for all people. For the poor and for the rich. For every race and gender. For every single citizen in this country and around the world. The time has come. We need Medicare for all.
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