Let’s go back to a question that I have posed several times to myself and never came back with a satisfactory answer:
Is access to health care a fundamental human right?
Answer: No. It’s not. But guess what… neither is having a firetruck come to your house when it’s on fire. And neither is getting a free basic education. And neither are the other umpteen government services that are provided in our society.
We do those things, and fund them out of taxpayer money, because they are the right things to do for our citizens.
A high literacy rate and education produces a strong, innovative, productive workforce that fuels that economic engine of this country.
A firetruck keeps my house from burning down when my neighbor’s goes up in flames.
Health care isn’t a human right, but it’s an essential service that we clearly can’t LIVE without.
And that’s what it’s all about. We just want to live, right? We all want to live and live well. And this is why people get so scared when the government talks about dinkering with anything in the health care arena. People are afraid to lose what health care they have.
I’ll admit I’m afraid to lose what I have, but that fear exists whether or not any legislation passes this year.
I have great insurance from a great company. There are great hospitals in my area who would care well for me. The problem is that 50 million Americans – 1 in 5 of us – doesn’t have any chance of ever using that great system, and I’m just one recessional layoff or one chronic condition away from joining them.
We all are.
So many of us live in a “la la land” where we think that whatever insurance we have now will be there tomorrow and forever. It won’t. Just ask anyone who’s turned 65 lately about that…
But is a government takeover of all health care the best idea? I still think: no. But maybe they do have a role in some part of it.
Let’s consider education: We continue to have the best higher education system in the world, but it is built on the foundation of our government-funded secondary education. Right there is a system of partially private/partially public success.
Perhaps we need some kind of basic, preventative care for all of our citizens and have insurance and hospitals for the more premium/advanced care?
I don’t know. I’m just saying we need something different, cause what we’ve got today sure ain’t working.