Should We Care if Everyone has Health Care? by Freedom Tracks Records
historians claim disease has wiped out more people than all wars
combined. Yet, in spite of the known historical record, Americans
continue to ignore the inevitable consequences of contagious disease;
consequences including significant preventable illness even for those
with health coverage, large productivity losses and national leading
to global plague.
Over 45 million U.S. residents have zero health care; at least 80 million more have highly inadequate coverage. More and more citizens with expensive plans are being refused coverage for expensive problems. Every week, more citizens lose employer-paid care and retirement benefits, including long-term coverage for less healthy retirement years.
Depending on provider, 10-30% of every dollar spent on private coverage goes to overhead not related to care, while less than 8% for government-sponsored Medicare does, even though Medicare helps the oldest and sickest among us. Very plainly, private health care as we currently have, is not the solution.
In reality, less than 1% of U.S citizens can afford to pay for their own catastrophic needs. All forms of private health insurance are "shared responsibility" programs, dependent on the majority of those covered to remain healthy, while majority pay-outs go to the sickest minority.
Yet, right-wing media pretends coverage is not a "shared responsibility", that we should all take care of our own selves. People who claim this have never faced $250,000 per year cancer treatments on a working class income. And they clearly don't understand their own immediate financial jeopardy if they were to lose coverage. Or, what can and will happen to their own children, if their neighbor's children remain uncovered.
Scientists claim our planet is overdue for a major disease epidemic, while history clearly dictates that all of our politics, education, science and weapons won't protect us against the onslaught of disease. And the media is clearly failing American citizens by not instructing us accordingly.
Is it fair to say that citizens who do not push for immediate affordable and adequate health coverage for all persons residing permanently or temporarily within our borders, are decidedly unpatriotic? Is it fair to say they don't even care about their own children?