Fixing America In 500 Words Or Less


Chapter 9

SHOULD WE CARE IF
EVERYONE HAS HEALTH CARE?


       Some 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.

       Some plead we should care about the less fortunate, while others pretend private care is preferable, in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  Today, U.S. citizens pay much more for coverage than citizens of any other nation, yet we are ranked 37th in health care quality and even lower in availability.  Some former Soviet block and Southeast Asian nations offer better coverage; even Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate.
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       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.
see also, notes 1-3

       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.
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       Politicians on both sides of the political charade continue to pretend they care about America's security, while continuing to ignore our immediate health care reality. Whether or not we care about our neighbor is only part of a larger equation, because disease knows no boundaries. Children of the poor can, have and will, infect children of the wealthy.  Medical facts clearly demonstrate that private coverage is no guarantee against contagious diseases.

       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.
see notes 5-7

       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?
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       You decide.


NOTES:

1. World Health Organization; global statistics.

2. World Health Rankings.

3. CNN.com June, 2007 SICKO fact check--W.H.O. 2006 and U.S. government 2007 health statistics.

4. Various sources provide different figures, depending on what is included as overhead not related to patient care.  Some give a 22-26% cost for private care, compared to 4-8% for Medicare.  However, statistics strongly demonstrate that Medicare costs far less than private healthcare to administer; reasons include high cost of no-bid medications, advertising, stockholder dividends and inflated executive salaries.  Lies heard on Fox News and conservative talk radio about how much more poorly run and expensive our healthcare system would be if it were a national-payer system such as found in European nations, are just that, absolute outright lies, having no basis in statistical or other reality.

5. Historical Sources: The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant; Encyclopedia Britannica--United States of America and various other historical and health-related articles.

6. Biblical Sources: Matthew Ch. 25--According to Jesus, God will judge nations by how they treat their sick and poor; Ezekiel 16:49--According to Ezekiel, God destroyed Sodom for being a proud and wealthy nation that did not take care of her own sick and poor; 2nd Peter 2:6--According to Peter, Sodom is an example for all nations to take heed concerning and, a nation that does not help her sick and poor is an "ungodly" nation; Isaiah Ch. 3--According to Isaiah, God will cause inept leaders to arise in nations that go the way of Sodom and fail to help the sick and poor:  "For you have eaten up the vineyard; the plunder of the poor is in your houses.  'What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?' says the Lord God of hosts."  Revelation Ch. 13--warning to those who resort to violence and war, as being on the wrong side of history, God and human rights. Luke 10:25-37--Samaritan story (Samaritans were viewd by 1st Century Jewish society similar to Palestinians and so-called "illegal" immigrants of U.S. society today); Matthew 7:12--"Therefore, whatever you want people to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." What manner of human being can study the words and deeds of Jesus and continue to ignore whether or not their neighbor has health care?  Who among us, here in the 21st Century "days of miracle and wonder", war and rumor of war, is smarter than Jesus?

7. Even though our own U.S. government is based on "we the people" as a collective nation and, even though the Bible often refers to how people as a collective nation should act, many talk radio and conservative Christian liars pretend that the teachings of Jesus refer only to individuals and do not apply to people collectively as a nation in the form of government programs.  In Matthew 25, Jesus very specifically uses the word "nations", not "individuals". According to Jesus and many authors of the Bible, in regards to nations, what goes around, eventually comes around; this is true regarding helping or not helping, the sick and poor (which are often lumped together as a single cause), as well as in regards to societal violence and waging wars of aggression.  Conservative Christians and others who use the Bible to justify war and even worse, to justify not only ignoring the plight of the sick and poor, but rather, to support and vote for those who build walls to prevent poor people from feeding their families and otherwise, support legislation grossly enhancing human oppression, are very plainly, the greatest liars on Planet Earth.

8. Results from a Harvard study published on CNN in September, 2009 estimate that 45,000 Americans die each year from lack of health care insurance.  These figures do not include those who become extremely ill and then recover, the many thousands more who die from complications from contagious diseases they never would have had if everyone within our borders was adequately covered, or the many millions of adults and children who become ill each year due to the estimated 120 million Americans who have either zero or grossly inadequate health care coverage and thus, fail to get treatment and medicine for common flus and other colds.  Click here for Harvard study information.

Modern medicine can slow and sometimes stop the spread of harmful bacteria with antibiotics. And, modern medicine can stop the spread of harmful viruses with vaccines, as well as slow down the reproduction of harmful viruses with antiviral medications.  The fact that modern humans possess this knowledge and yet Americans refuse to insist on universal health care for everyone within our borders, represents a gross crime against humanity and, a gross crime against ourselves and our own children.  Bacteria and Virus Information.




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