Every person has the right to adequate medical treatment, including mental health and preventative care. For some strange reason this has been politicized by the Right. Conservatives are strictly against the notion that everyone deserves health care. Conservatives claim to be Christian, ethical, and moral. If you are religious, why would you want to deny another human being adequate medical care? If you are ethical, why would you want to deny another human being adequate medical care? If you are moral, why would you want to deny another human being adequate medical care?
Capitalism allows people to be selfish and ignore empathy, compassion, and humanity. In America, everything is a commodity. Everything. Thus, something as universally ethical as medical care comes at great expense (even though there is still a Hippocratic Oath that is taken). Especially since all services (lab work, radiology, pharmacy, imaging, specialist, etc.) have been commoditized.
Perhaps Insurance company employees should be required to take the Hippocratic Oath?
All the reasons I hear for privatizing health care always lead back to capitalism (America cannot afford it, we cannot raise taxes, it will harm businesses, doctors deserve to be paid). Yet, if we had free, universal health care for everyone, including non-citizens, it would benefit the business world. Before you shake your head in derision, I know that taxes would be raised on businesses. But they also would no longer be on the hook to provide insurance packages to employees. With a healthier workforce, there will be fewer people taking time off for treatable illnesses. If someone gets hurt at work, the cost to the company for worker’s compensation will decrease. It is common sense.
The unfortunate part is that many Americans think too small and simply consider higher business taxes to be bad. They also think that universal health care is that lumbering boogeyman; “socialism”. This is laughable since those same people expect every American town and city to have a police force, fire department, and department of public works all paid for through taxes. “Anything that helps people is Socialism and must be eradicated, except for the things we already accept as American.”
If we were such a great country, we would care more for our citizens. That starts with ensuring everyone has access to all medical treatment and medicine. This means removing the barriers created by charging patients for the services. You can make all the arguments you want against free, universal health care, but the capitalist way is not working.
Enough with Insurance Companies Already