Ben Wright | August 3, 2017
When it comes to health care in the United States -- we are
currently in the midst of an on-going gigantic battle of
differing contesting wills, minds, aspirations, and philosophies.
Without necessarily saying so -- or, particularly elaborating
on it to any extent,
there appears in some vested quarters an
unofficial doctrine of implication that most people are far
more interested and focused on pursuing personal matters of
their own self-interest -- above that of the common good.
Consequently, because of such suppositions, suggesting that an
ever growing number of working poor and others display a
continuing inadequacy to care for themselves, it
is thought that all such increasing others will constantly and
continually seek greater government outlays in wanting more
and more personal entitlements for themselves -- including
expanding personal health care coverage and availability.
To those of such beliefs and persuations -- it is apparently
strongly felt that if all such demands continue uncontrolled
and unabated, it will create further unsustained financial
chaos and indebtedness that could conceivably bankrupt the
government, and ultimately destroy conditions as we know them.
Thus, it is reasoned in such worrisome quarters that the
concerned will of such demanding majorities must be thwarted
and controlled for the so-called good of all -- while the ultra
elite aloof others revel in the satisfaction, perks, privileges,
and pleasures of everything not available to normal majorities.
However, there appears a mass contrary feeling of public
sentiment that along with the sacred rights of life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness, most Americans now favorably view
reasonably affordable and available health care as another
inalienable right of all citizens -- as necessary in caring
for the lives they been entrusted with -- not some optional
unaffordable out-of-reach quality of life to be trifled with.
Our Country far out spends more on health care -- some estimates
running as high as 1/6 of our total trillions dollar economy,
than any other comparable advanced Nation on Earth, for an
acknowledged fundamentally flawed incoherent system that in
spite of such vast expeditures still leaves millions behind
without adequate health care -- ranking us at the lower bottom
tier of every professionally known assessment of expectable
quality and availably.
How can we continue to ignore the proven successful systems
of other Countries which are neither particularly socialistic
or free-market economics?
Instead, these modern Nations have an acceptable mixture and
blend of government-mandated universal health care for all --
with meaningful subsidies where needed, that provides wide
selective choices for patient doctors and hospitals. No one
is ever intentionally ignored or left out of such all
When financially sound risk pools are properly created and
effectively managed -- where everyone is required through
individual mandates based on respective earnings to contribute
into necessary qualified funding -- including the young and
healthy, needed to help support the inevitable aging,
infirmities, and sickness of us all, then the fairness of a
more single payer type system will become obvious; as appropriate
monitoring by entrusted accountable agencies will help drive
down costs and improve overall patient care.
One of many contrary inadequate proposals that has been suggested
in our Country by some seemingly uninformed political
representatives to help folks with their personal health
expenses, is to broaden and liberalize more of the personal
saving provisions and qualifications of an IRS Health Savings
Account (HSA) -- plus, allowing additional tax credits for the
same and similar purposes.
Considering that continuing verifiable data indicates that the
greater average percent of most struggling Americans currently
have less than several hundreds of dollars or so for any
potential financial emergencies, and thus, are literally living
pay check to pay check, offering any form of additional tax
credits is somewhat sadly akin to giving a starving person a
The by-gone days of earlier rugged individualism -- wherein
everyone was supposed to be self-reliant and able to look out
for themselves -- without any help from anyone, has totally
disappeared in the wake of huge catastrophic, often unaffordable
expenses now required for the benefit of modern medical care.
It is often said: we have the best doctors and medical
technologies in the World, but only a shrinking few can afford
such wondrous developments -- as continuing research constantly leads to more and more
discoveries of how to enjoy a better longer quality of life.
How then is life to be more fairly evaluated? Are only the rich,
powerful, privileged, and influential to be treated and cared
for with their illness and maladies -- while so many others
suffer needlessly and die from diseases and other aliments;
because they cannot afford that which could save or comfort
them? Desperation and the indifference of others should not
be their way of life.
A recent emotionally charged news story -- that
reverberated a Worldwide response, highlighted a report about
a young dying infant hospitalized in another Country -- suffering
from multiple life threating conditions from a rare genetic
disorder, that surrounding medical doctors, scientists, and
those in rule of law said was hopelessly not going to improve,
and consequently advocated cutting off all life support systems
and let the infant pass on from the distraught parents -- which
has since occurred. People World wide were enraged and indignant
at what they angrily said was heartless cruelty and had
previously demanded a prompt and immediate reconsideration.
As sacred as all life is -- yet, in a sorted similar twisted
way, isn't it ironic that governing others in our Country
seemingly existing in a growing moral vacuum of isolated
self-concern, and misconstrued self-righteous theories of
acceptable amount of collateralized mortality, would dare to
suggest it's OK and necessary to deprive millions upon millions
of plighted Americans of little or only bare minimum health
coverage, as the purported costs of needed reform -- while vast
sums are readily allocated to others questionable outlays favored
by controlling minorities?
In their defense of less government interference -- some
advocates argue that it's not the place of government to
designate or suggest which doctor, hospital, or medical procedure
that a patient might require -- even though private insurers
do the very same thing regularly and repeatedly. I fully agree with patient choice
when and wherever reasonably possible. Appropriate health
decisions should normally be decided solely between one's self
and their own attending health care giver.
Let us stop all the partisan bickering and distorted ideologies
of unrealistic reasoning and endless debating about the proper
role of government in supporting and offering health for all.
Stop all the close door secrecy in government forums concerning
this life and death matter -- with little or no public debates
and few town hall meetings;
With rushed votes for clandestine
With shameful spectacles that ask
representatives to move hurried bills forward.
Before legislators or their constituents have had a chance to read
what is being offered or even exactly what is under
Quit worrying about which political party or grouping might
get voter and citizen credit for a fair and acceptable
arrangement that would benefit all our people and remove some
of the fear of disabling illness and crushing financial ruin
that can destroy lives forever.
It is difficult to imagine -- what size grouping knowingly exists
in a multitude of realistic saddening situations are those presently
adversely affected by confining employment wherein they are
"under employed" -- holding restive positions that doesn't allow
nor even necessarily encourage one to perform at a higher level
of their potential skills, talents, and abilities, but tolerated by
struggling workers nonetheless, for need of their employers health
insurance for both themselves and others. Thus, providing and insuring
a somewhat subtle obscure form of indentured servitude.
One side of this issue doesn't have to win at the expense of
the other. With a serious intent for a cooperative and
transparent collaborative effort of reasonable fair compromise,
and consensus by all concerned, we can strive and mutually
achieve a win/win possiblility for everyone.
That's what true and sincere bi-partisanship is all about -- an
open and transparent government of the people, by the people,
and for the people, that is so urgently needed in solving this
National dilemma that will not only effect today's living, but
generations yet to come.
I urge you -- in the most pleading manner I can suggest, please,
please don't in anyway diminish or minimize your needed and
important voice, thoughts, and feelings in letting your
representatives immediately know your personal thinking on this
matter of supreme importance to you and everyone you love.
It is your Country and your life -- so valiantly brought to us
through the blood, sweat, and tears of so many brave others.
Do not let those of selfish interests who really do not care
about you and your worries, problems and concerns
take it away from you.