One More Comment on my last Blog

July 28, 2008

Okay, so after posting “Pause4Politics” I noticed related blogs dealing with universal health care. One particular blog seemed to primarily about Universal Health Care being a bad idea. The writer linked one of the posts to a recent NYTimes article about a woman in England dying of cancer. This woman wanted to purchase medicine that wasn’t yet available through England’s universal health care. She was told that it wasn’t fair for a patient to take advantage of the free health care program and also to purchase medicine outside of what was being provided, that she couldn’t “have it both ways.” Now the lady is dying and the medicine is now available through England’s health care, albeit it to late to make much difference with this lady.

Now, this is an awful story. But the writer of the blog I read was using this as “yet another example” in the “case against universal health care,” and another reason why “people asking for universal health care don’t know what they’re really asking for.” As sad as it is that this woman dying of cancer was denied treatment she was willing to pay for not covered by her countries free health care plan, is that really a valid example that universal health care is a bad idea and that it shouldn’t be implemented in any form here in America? No, there are problems and errors in every system. Common sense and even the slightest bit of research can show you the countless problems and errors in our current health care system in America. People quite often are turned away from the treatment and medicine that they need, the treatment and medicine that could quite probably cure them here in America because their insurance won’t cover it and they can’t afford it. Countless of Americans go completely broke trying to pay for the treatment and medicine they need. The extremely wealthy can afford any treatment here, but is it fair that others can’t? The medicine denied a woman that could afford it in England is wrong, but why was it denied her? All medicine that is considered safe and possibly effective the any countries food and drug administration should be allowed to any patient, regardless of money, if that country can afford to provide it. If the medicine the English lady wanted to purchase was denied to her even though it was safe and regulated, then the people in charge of that decision made a mistake. One such mistake (or dozens) in another country doesn’t mean that we would or should make the same mistakes if we implemented a similar system in our country. We need to use our common sense and realize that in our country thousands of people die every year simply because they can’t afford the care that doctor’s can provide. Thousands do not get the medicine that is available because their insurance doesn’t cover it. As wealthy as our country is, with the ability it has to provide for everyone, from the sick and the poor, to the middle class and the wealthy, is it in any conceivable way morally, ethically or politically right to let basic health care and nurture be determined by something as vain and vile as money? We in America have the ability to implement and provide health care without a debt inducing price tag or a monthly budget destroying insurance plan for every person living in our country; our doctors would still make good money, our clinics could still be clean and efficient, staff would be well paid and we could do this without turning down approved medication/treament or forcing every person to wait “un-waitable” periods of time for such treatment.

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