Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Health Care in the U.S.A.

What do some people see as the problem with National Health Care?
It appears to me that most of the conservatives in our governments and the more vocal opponents of National Health Care view it as an infringement on their rights and as redistributing wealth.
These are the same people that are against abortion, pro-life they call it. Some are even against birth control.
They care so much for a small cluster of undifferentiated cells called a fetus, but don't seem to care if a human child dies because they can't get the medical care they need. Or if a woman has to suffer years of chronic pain because she cannot afford the medical care or medications necessary to diagnose and treat her.
Most of these same people claim to be Christians. And yes, according to the Bible, Jesus said the poor will always be with us. Does that mean we have to treat them badly?
We have, within our grasp what has not been possible for most of the time this world has existed. The wealth and technology to produce, transport and provide enough food, housing and health care for every man, woman and child on this planet. Apparently, not enough of us have the will or desire.
This should not require the redistribution of wealth. It would only require those that have that wealth to provide a little more of it, they would still have the wealth – no one is asking them to give up their riches, just to show some compassion.
Now how would, or is, National Health Care stepping on any rights?
The U.S. Constitution does not grant the U.S. Government the right to be involved in our health care?
In the Declaration of Independence it is written that we have the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. These are the ones specifically mentioned.
My question is: who is stepping on who's rights when someone is denied the right to life because they cannot afford medical care because so many self-righteous people claim that national health care is infringing on their rights? How about liberty? How much liberty does one have when they spend most of their time in bed with chronic pain because they cannot get the health care they need? Pursuit of Happiness? Right, can't pursue happiness when hurting or dead. Selfishness is what is denying these people their rights.
You don't want the government involved in your healthcare? News bulletin, they have been involved for decades. We have Medicare, Medicaid, SSI and other government healthcare programs. Nobody wants those taken away.
The U.S. Government also dictates which drugs may be used as medicines and what procedures, like surgeries, laser and sonic treatments, etc., may be used as medical treatments.
Why not use the Commerce Clause of the Constitution since it is used as a catch all excuse for every thing else the government wants to do that the Constitution doesn't mention specifically, like making marijuana illegal without the Constitutional right to do so. Or trying to control whether we can have backyard vegetable gardens.
And finally, as far as rights go, why not make a Constitutional amendment to grant that right? Which is more important, forbidding gay marriage, denying women birth control that may be for other medical purposes or providing health care to those that can't afford it?
Let's have some compassion here. We're not talking about boob jobs or sex-change operations, only necessay health care. People can pay for their own boob jobs and sex changes.
I didn't mention the creeping socialism argument this time. Maybe I'll address that later.
Keep cool under your collar and remember this is my opinion and you are free to agree or disagree.

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