Party Lines Aside, We Need to Fix Health Care Now

The fight to fix America’s health care has been going on for so long with no positive progress, that every time I check the news and see that Congress failed to make any headway in repealing Obamacare I sink ever deeper in my hatred for the mire of bi-partisan politics. Sure, a year ago we could blame the Obama administration for the state of things in this nation, but we’re halfway through 2017 and at this rate it seems we’ll never be able to fix the absolutely broken healthcare system. I feel the phrase, “where there’s smoke there’s fire” applies perfectly to American politics, in that although the two parties pretend to be living in two totally different versions of America, whenever you see both sides complaining about an issue that means that it’s actually a matter that concerns the entire American public. Taxes, domestic safety, and health care all fit in this realm, and if there’s one thing that can and should be immediately fixed, it’s the health care issue. Every month that moderate Republicans like McConnell and Graham delay and fail to put together a reasonable bill and repeal the disaster that is Obamacare, is a month that every single American, including our veterans and ever-growing elderly population, goes without quality aid. Not only is this a totally avoidable situation, but it’s also an ever-growing embarrassment on the part of America, as it reflects poorly on us in the international community. It’s time to tell the old crooks in D.C. to stop playing games and actually represent us, and now, more than ever, we have the ability to do so.

Just the other week, I picked up the phone and listened to a Nevada town hall with Senator Dean Heller. He had citizens of Nevada call him up, and discuss the issues that they felt were most important, and he would spend time breaking down his stance on them and how he was trying to work on these issues in Washington. What surprised me was that every single caller, every one, didn’t want to talk about immigration, taxes, or Syria. Instead, the only focus of every Nevadan, either young or old, was health care. Whether it was a military wife complaining about the lack of mental health care in this nation for her suffering husband, a concerned son, worried about his mother stricken with cancer, or an old retired couple, unsatisfied with their current coverage in their twilight years, every single person had a different reason to be upset with the current system and every single reason was valid. Heller, who has been nothing but a road block in the process of repeal and reform, (Trump just called him out today), is just one of many moderate Republicans who find themselves wielding the power to help Americans, but instead choose to serve their own interests, attaching riders to bills and taking breaks and holidays, not taking advantage of the message America sent this last November.

“The current systems don’t work and the people are suffering. Eight years of Obama didn’t bring us ‘hope and change’ but rather unwanted regulations and oppressive legislature. Please, do the job we’re paying you to do and actually represent the American people.”

I feel that Congressmen take advantage of the American people, no matter which party is in charge, because we let them. Young people are un-involved and misinformed, old people are over-involved and misinformed, and the news media spend all their time making money off us by keeping us misinformed. It’s a destructive cycle that’s only been strengthened by fake news and horrible social media bubbles. People somehow feel that posting enough memes or sending enough angry tweets at Ted Cruz will actually solve something, but it won’t. I propose that we stop trying out methods that have been proven to be useless, and instead adopt ones that will. Although I despise people like Senator Bernie Sanders and Linda Sarsour, and movements like The Women’s March and the people protesting pipelines, you have to recognize the power they’ve garnered through genuine involvement as of late.

Modern progressives have been experts lately at tapping into the fear, anger, and passion that every good movement needs. You need a clear goal, you need personal involvement, you need to have good orators to capture the people’s hearts, and you need to have good strategists to capture the people’s minds. As much as I roll my eyes at the people who got themselves intentionally arrested in D.C., putting on a demonstration to raise concerns about fracking, at the end of the day their movement made a difference. People I went to both high school and university with, no matter where they were located, all had an opinion on the matter. Almost all of my fellow film students at UT Austin partook in the Women’s March, ditching other commitments to do so. I know dozens of kids who skipped school and work to camp out and hold signs at Bernie Sanders rallies. The left is tapping into people’s fears and needs and actually doing the “boots on the ground” organizing that the right fails to do time after time.

This is why I’m proposing that Americans take a page out of the progressive handbook, and use health care as a rallying call to take a stand. As I stated earlier, health care isn’t something we can keep kicking down the street. Every day our senators wait to take action is another day millions of Americans suffer. The only option that we know will work and help Americans is repealing Obamacare, and allowing Americans the option to choose the health care that works best for them, no matter what state the insurance needs to be bought from or how much it costs and covers. This is a hill worth dying on, and there’s plenty of ways to fight for this. Organize marches on state capitals, sign petitions, start social media campaigns, if you go to a major university, get students to organize orgs and movements that badger your state senators to actually deliver on what they promised. The time of hands-free governing is over, the government exists to serve the need of the people, not the other way around. Putting an “X” on Donald J. Trump’s name in November was just the start to fixing this nation, if we the people want to keep the ball rolling, we’re going to have to do a lot more than we are currently. If you didn’t vote for Trump that’s fine, it’s time to stop playing team sports with politics, and start making decisions that put this nation on the right path. Together, we can do anything, and united, we’re unstoppable. Let’s start acting like it.

3 thoughts on “Party Lines Aside, We Need to Fix Health Care Now

  1. Can you explain why do you think ACA was such a great disaster? I can’t say i’m extremely happy with it, but I don’t see what is so wrong with not being denied health coverage (or having to pay more) based on a preexisting condition? I am a healthy 35 y. o. woman, and now expecting a second child. I don’t think that i should pay more just based on whether or not i’m a woman of birthing age. I should have a right to get an insurance that covers my monthly birth control ($10), abortion (when necessary) or childbearing without paying an arm and a leg. Since when is being a woman become a preexisting condition?
    All that aside, you should realize that the only way of fixing healthcare is to control what healthcare providers charge individuals for their services. Why should a visit to an ER (3 hours of waiting with a 2y.o. and 1 (one) staple later) cost $3500? Why should a 45 minute outpatient procedure (gallbladder removal) cost $35,000, when a surgeon charged $700???? If it was affordable, the insurance company wouldn’t be so hell bent on changing us such high premiums.
    Why should certain medications and procedures cost your monthly salary? Why ins’t anyone looks at a root cause of this issue, but are fighting over who’s plan is better?

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    1. I appreciate your comment, and you raise a valid point, but I feel as if you’ve missed the correct solution. I explained why the ACA is a disaster in another one of my blogs, but I’ll explain myself here.

      I totally agree with you, insurance companies are the ones to blame for the current state of health care in this nation, and it is totally unfair and borderline criminal for families to go bankrupt trying to pay for simple operations. Just like the American higher education system, prices have continued to skyrocket over the years, and personal wages haven’t increased to match. At the same time, demand for these services have only increased. This problem isn’t caused by the free market system, in fact its the opposite. In a real free market, costs of essential services would adjust themselves to meet the demands of the consumer, who at the end of the day are human beings with wants and desires. Business is inherently “win-win”. A doctor or a professor is a skilled person, who’s profession enables them to benefit people. It’s only practical that they would charge for their services, but no doctor or professor would think to charge the life-ruining rates that modern systems entail.

      What makes the current American climate so “dog eat dog, win-lose” is corporate culture. On top of every element of our society, whether its food, sports, entertainment, health care, etc. is a ruling elite of corporations. These corporations are only allowed to exist because of government protections, and it allows a few evil people to hold secret monopolies over entire industries and grow stupid rich without concerns of repercussion. Should a business go under because the CEO’s lined their pockets while paying employees peanuts, the CEO can walk away totally free as the corporation can act as a legal shield, a hollow facade with unfair tax rates and feudalistic undertones, that will take the blame for a few rotten individuals. What we see wrong with the health care system is because of this corporate culture. Insurance companies charge totally unfair and ridiculous rates for simple procedures, and deny thousands of Americans (living, breathing humans with the right to life and liberty) the basic health care they require to go on living. Ask any doctor and they are unhappy with the system, but they are powerless.

      Corporations then, as you can obviously see as you pointed out in your reply, are the root cause of the issue. What the ACA does is allow these corporations to continue to extort Americans with ridiculous rates, but now they are allowed to violently dig into the pockets of every single tax paying American and pay the mob-style collection fee to these companies. In this instance, just as it would be if the government chose to create a “free college” system, large corporations would still continue to charge unfair and ever-growing rates that would be unacceptable any other way. You listed in your reply the rates of simple emergency room procedures, yet you also imply that government control of rates is the only solution to this. While I understand your heart is in the right place, you have to understand that government controlled rates would make the situation worse, as you would trade corporations enacting incredibly large fees and premiums, for the universally hated government being in charge of said rates.

      You ask why the ACA is such a disaster, yet you answered your question in your reply. The government has tricked people into continuing to pay for overpriced and lower quality insurance, by hiding the real costs behind tax dollars and by forcing all of the working population to pay into the Ponzi scheme. You say that you’re willing to pay into ACA to ensure people don’t get denied insurance, but in a free market (some services already exist elsewhere) communal groups always pop up, where members can join in and pay equal and fair rates, promising lower income members of the community can receive the same coverage of those who are better off. I lived in England for several years, and while there, I’d hear constant stories of people having to bury relatives who, had they lived in a nation with a free market health care system, could pay for expediant services to take care of critical conditions, but as they were forced into national coverage, they were forced to pay unfair rates for service they didn’t have the time to receive.

      To sum up, the ACA is a sign that the government has no interest in actually ensuring the well being of its people. If Obama’s administration actually cared, they would have attacked Big Pharma and health insurance companies over how much they charged citizens, instead of forcing everybody through legislation to pay up to these very systems. Attaching rules, like forcing citizens to only use the providers within their state only reinforces the evil nature of the legislation. It makes sense when you realize how many lobbyists are in Washington whose only job is to convince legislators to protect the corporate machine that health care has become. The point of this very blog you commented on was to point out that both parties have been corrupted by the siren call of lobbyist influence cash, and that as a nation we need to fight for equal, fair, and affordable coverage, and just because the Affordable Care Act has it in the name, doesn’t mean its true, in fact its anything but. Only a fair, free, and corporation devoid market can truly provide what we all desire, and unfortunately, no administration seems to agree, possibly because of the long tendrils of corporate influence.

      (p.s. congrats on your second child! )

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