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Universal Health Care is Best Green Value

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It is unimaginable that we would put a price on human life, yet everyday the for-profit health care industry prices the sick, the elderly, and the "unqualified" out of receiving proper medical care. Our uninsured and underinsured friends, neighbors and family members risk suffering long-term, often undiagnosed illnesses while facing the possibility of death because we do not cover everyone under a national single-payer health care system. A recent article by Doug Pibel and Sarah van Gelder of Yes! Magazine states that an estimated 18,000 people die for lack of coverage.
People focus on the cost of paying for single-payer universal health care and what they don't realize is that they are paying for improving other nation's health care systems through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Third world countries are the primary beneficiaries of this gracious assistance from America; however, many of these nations have single payer systems!
If we can afford to help other nations then why can't we afford our own universal health care system? I believe we ought to help other nations and help our own people as well. We must value life and good health for all people it is a basic human right.
The United States remains the only wealthy industrialized nation without universal health care and our people spend billions of dollars on mistreatment, misdiagnoses, and fatalities due to lack of proper health care. A universal health care system covers all people whether they are employed or in between jobs, healthy or unhealthy, young or old. Health care is a human right under the constitutions of emerging democracies and the United Nations Charter. Let's make this human right available to all people in this wonderful country of ours and keep our nation healthy and strong. We can afford a universal health care system and there is one political party that has sought to make this a reality since its inception in the 1980's.
Green Party candidates, local chapters, state organizations, and the national party heralded universal health care in their platforms nearly three decades ago when the first committees met and candidates ran in order to create an alternative to the two major corporate political parties. The policy of a single payer system is the Green Party's best plank under the key value of social justice.
Upholding social justice and equality in our health care system is possible through a single payer system. Through the simple act of voter registration and becoming a member of a strengthening third party you can join the Greens in advocating and eventually winning a universal health care system for all. Joining the Green Party of the United States is a great opportunity and a huge responsibility because it stands for meaningful change in our nation's political system and taking charge of your own thinking, becoming ever more vigilant of the important issues that face our country and our world. I urge mindful, caring, and courageous people to register with the Green Party today! Let's take care of each other! Register Green, Vote Green, Live Green.


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Antonio D'Lallo is the co-chair of the Green Party of Colorado and an alternative high school teacher for the Adams Twelve Five Star Schools. He ran for Colorado House District 34 in 2008 and he is a resident of Thornton, Colorado. Information about (more...)

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