Coming on the heels of the most horrific tragedy in America, perhaps more will be discussed about the sad state of the health care system in this country. Of course guns will be first and foremost in the conversation, as they should be, but there are always other pieces to the puzzle.
When profit is put before the wellbeing of people, which it is done thousands of times daily by insurance companies, then we have a real problem.
Over and over again you hear arguments from outsiders saying ‘Our country can do this, why can’t you?’ And its a good question. I think it can be done. The entire system needs an overhaul and the health insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies need to be stopped as much and the gun lobbies. Politicians should have to wear sponsor suits like race car drivers, so you can see where they get their money. Then you could really make an informed decision when you vote. It’s a theory… it could work.
You can’t have a society where young people can’t get access to affordable birth control and then stop them from having affordable terminations if they choose. Make the prevention cheap enough so that the widely debated abortion issue is unnecessary. Prevention is always better than the cure. Nobody wants to have to make those choices or decisions. Ask any mother who has had to and they will tell you how much it pained.
Let’s look at a situation where you lose a loved one in an accident or an illness. If, for example, you become a widow, you’re whole life is changed and you’re grieving. How much more difficult is that process when you have the financial worries of paying for your passed husband’s medical bills, often thousands of dollars, you’re already looking for thousands to bury him!
I think it is shameful.What about the family whose child was injured in a car accident and dies later at hospital, what an insult to then receive a bill from the hospital and the ambulance that carried him there!
I don’t know to fix the issues, but we must try and there are other countries that could advise and help with these problems. Our children, our elderly, our veterans…… the entire population deserves access to free healthcare. The children deserve to feel safe in school. The elderly deserve to be cared for well, they’ve earned it.
When will the government of this country do the things for Americans that other countries do for their citizens?
This is supposed to be the best country in the world. It’s not, and there’s a lot of work to do.
I love living here, but being an outsider, I can see some of the problems that can be fixed. I’ve lived where it happened, in my lifetime….
But hey, what do I know? I’m not American. I’m just a lowly Australian, where healthcare is free and there are no longer gun massacres.
Healthcare in Australia How we fare around the world.
Gun Control How and why we obtained it.