by David T. Bruce
Neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party as a whole gives a damn about the healthcare needs of the citizenry of the United States. Other nations are criticized for their socialized medical healthcare plans. England’s National Health Service and Canadian Health Care are two forms of socialized medicine that provide healthcare to all citizens, not just to those that can afford care or afford coverage. While the systems certainly have their share of flaws and frustrations, the mentality suggests that a government body should logically and morally care for its citizens.
In the United States, many of the elderly cannot afford the privatized healthcare coverage offered to them, let alone can they afford a new heart. Likewise, American citizens who are born disabled or find themselves disabled are unlikely to have sufficient coverage. Like the elderly, their income level in general is not enough to afford them access to the level of healthcare required to meet their needs. Furthermore, the economic instability that still prevails in the United States (regardless of the Wall Street or political spin to the contrary) increases the ranks of the underinsured or uninsured. Gallup polls point out the state of healthcare in the United States as of 2011, illustrating that over 17 percent of Americans over age 18 do not have health insurance.
The majority of Americans are not asking for handouts; the majority of Americans are not resting on their laurels or sitting on their behinds, avoiding work in order to obtain free medical care. The majority of Americans are victims of the power struggle that is running rampant in this country between the two major opposing political parties, who use large business companies as their chess pieces of highest rank. We are merely pawns – very weak and very disposable. For fear of losing power, our elected officials use their own form of domestic terrorism to make each of us fearful of our neighbors, engendering within each of us the fear that something we have earned will be taken away.
Both the Obama Administration and the Republican Party are missing the point. Both sides are wrong. We should not have to force Americans to buy health insurance. Health insurance should not be for-profit, benefiting health insurance companies more than those receiving benefits. The relationship between these two entities – the federal government and the health insurance companies – is not difficult to perceive.
The insurance companies lobby on Capitol Hill to benefit from the election of an official who will support the continued financial success of insurance companies. That is what “for profit” means, and they are indeed very profitable. These elected officials then seek to mandate that insurance companies benefit from the support for which they have lobbied. Here we have a conflict of interest.
What should be of interest to all Americans is this: we either care about our citizens or we do not. England and Canada may not have the best insurance programs, but they do at least give the impression that the wealth of a human being is not attached to their age or ability. Given the rhetoric spewed from all branches of our federal government and the health insurance companies, the message is that healthcare for all Americans is not a priority. The message is that if you are too old, too disabled, too poor, or too sick, you are on your own.