Health Care Should Be A Right, Not An Insurance Program

Lets face it, for a country that is crowned the “greatest nation on earth,” healthcare in America is a shit show. It is hard to fathom that one of the wealthiest nations in modern day civilization does not guarantee health care for its citizens. America is in fact the only industrialized country that does not uphold the idea that health care should be a basic right for all citizens. If you’re Canadian, I know this is hard to comprehend.

As you may already know, Trump finally passed his version of Obamacare in the House – the American Health Care Act. But this new bill is not a solution to health care, and neither is Obamacare. Call me an uber liberal leftist or a wacky socialist, but regulating an insurance program and calling it health care is not an answer, nor is it a genuine form of caring about ones health. Maybe it’s the Canadian in me, but a universal health care system seems to be the more pragmatic approach to guaranteeing health care for your citizens, as evident by Canada and Australia. Of course there are flaws to the Canadian and Australian systems, but they can prove to be more efficient overall, certainly more efficient than a regulated insurance program.

There are many scholars who agree with the argument that universal health care is the way to go in today’s capitalistic society. When discussing health care with a recent sit down with the Australian Prime Minister, one influential American blurted out the words, “you have better healthcare than we do.” And he was right. Donald Trump openly agreed that Australia, which has a universal health care system, has BETTER health care than “we do”. You must be thinking, “why would President Trump agree with your argument if he just proposed a new health care bill that the CBO predicts will cause millions to lose access to medical insurance?”  I don’t know. But to be fair, I also don’t think Donald Trump knew what he was saying in the moment, as is often the case.

This week Republican’s failed (for a second time) to successfully repeal and replace Obamacare in the senate. Trump has stated that he is “very disappointed” he also mentioned that he wants to “let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”

Fellow American’s, I do not understand. I do not understand how you can stand for politicians toying with your healthcare. I do not understand how half the American population can think that universal healthcare is a harmful thing.

(Side Note: I also do not understand how Bernie Sanders did not win the presidency in 2016.)

Like many other social issues, Universal Healthcare will one day prevail in America. Lets just hope it happens sooner rather than later.

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