The U.S. Healthcare Debacle And The Real Issues No One Is Talking About

The U.S. Healthcare Debacle And The Real Issues No One Is Talking About

Let me make this real simple for everyone: The reason healthcare in this country is so expensive is because we allow people to make a profit off the health of others. No, I’m not talking about doctors, nurses, and medical assistants who physically interact with patients to provide comfort and healing, nor all the medical technicians and lab workers providing medical support. Anyone going through the rigorous schooling and getting degrees, certifications, and licenses to work in such fields deserves to be paid well (after all, our lives and well-being is often in their hands). What I am talking about are middlemen -all those people who keep this capitalistic machine going of making money off of other’s suffering. That’s exactly what it is, and I’m not going to listen to anyone’s fearful whining about the threats of socialism when it comes to people’s health. Some use the argument that without capitalistic competition the quality of healthcare becomes poor. All that can be handled by laws and regulations, so the point is moot. The U.S. does not have a monopoly on quality healthcare. In fact, as a whole package, we lag behind many countries in providing good care for our citizens. Our for-profit system is the reason. If you got rid of the private health insurance industry and made hospitals and clinics not-for-profit, the costs of healthcare for all citizens would drop dramatically.  The problem we have in the U.S. is that there are too many people who are not willing to think of things in a different way. Just like the metric system -a far superior form of measurement that the rest of the world has wisely embraced, and we are too stubborn or lazy to change.

Another serious issue with the current system is that, unlike other forms of insurance, we don’t get rewarded or given financial incentives to be healthy in this country. I’m very healthy and physically fit, yet I don’t get a discount in my healthcare costs. An overweight person with a poor diet and nicotine habit pays the same rates as I do. I rarely ever need to go to the doctor, but if I do I still have the same co-pay or deductible as anyone else with the same plan. As much money as I’ve put in over the years and as little as I’ve needed healthcare, my infrequent visits should be free. Unfortunately, in our system, the way it is currently set up, healthy people get to help carry the load of those who have poor habits. We are an evolved enough nation to be able to take care of our handicapped citizens (those who have had unfortunate accidents or just bad genetic luck), but again, where is the healthcare incentive for the rest of us to have healthy lifestyles? Self-esteem is enough of a reason for me. I want to have a strong body, stay away from sickness and disease, and age gracefully, doing all the things I love to do for as long as possible. However, without good influences, leadership, and sensible social policies it’s not easy to install the same sense in everyone else, due to the poor environments and oppressive backgrounds that many people come from.

Complicating things is the philosophical approach that most traditional U.S. healthcare is carried out: With an emphasis on trying to solve problems with drugs and surgeries. Of course that plays into the hands of the pharmaceutical industry and the entire for-profit scheme of U.S. healthcare in general. Despite extensive evidence that many illnesses and disorders can be cured with more holistic approaches with things like diet, lifestyle changes, and attitude changes, it will never be promoted by the traditional industry because of the threat to their revenue stream.

Today, as Republicans try to dismantle a hard-fought, socially conscious healthcare program that they had no interest in ever creating in the first place, the drama only takes the attention off the real underlying problems. No one, not even the Democrats, ever believed The Affordable Care Act was perfect, but after decades of failed leadership in this country to address healthcare issues, some leaders actually stood up and pushed SOMETHING through. It was the only responsible thing to do in our so-called advanced, civilized culture. It was never intended to be an end game, but merely a beginning. Still, some misguided politicians want to waste years of taxpayer time and money and get rid of it entirely, rather than improve upon it. Unfortunately, when you peel back the deceptive talk of many conservative bullshitters you discover their hard ideological beliefs: That healthcare should be a for-profit industry and you only deserve the level of healthcare that you personally can afford. In such a scenario many would undoubtedly suffer while the office holders have the luxury of basically free healthcare paid for by the people. There is nothing evolved or enlightened about a society that accepts that. For many in the right-wing political spectrum that promotes itself as being Christian, it sure does come across as hypocritical.