Health Care: Is It A Right, Privilege, Or Some Combination?

Isn’t it a shame, that our elected representatives, spend far more time, with political manipulations, than serving the best interests of their constituents, and the nation, they are supposed to serve and represent? Nowhere is this more obvious, than by the discussions and debates, regarding health care! Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the Republican legislators have dedicated much time, effort on resources, on blaming and complaining, and trying to reverse and/ or repeal the legislation, coining the phrase, Repeal and Replace. Like many things, which are politically motivated, this was largely, empty rhetoric and promises, which became evident, this year, by the fact, even after more than 6 years of complaining, the G.O.P. came forth with no viable alternative. While there is little doubt, this legislation is flawed, wouldn’t it make more sense, to tweak and improve it, rather than reject the improvements, it has introduced. When more people will be uninsured, or significantly, under – insured, by the changes they have introduced, and those with pre – existing conditions, will lose many of their protections, how does that make health care, better? We proudly claim, our nation, is the best, most advanced country in the world, yet, nowhere, is the cost, even close to what we pay! Doesn’t it seem strange, prescription drugs, are more expensive here, than anywhere else? This issue is not a simplistic one, as the political rhetoric of President Donald Trump, originally indicated and articulated, but playing, political football, with the lives of constituents, is never the right approach. However, whether it is the nay – sayers on the political right, or the Medicare for All propositions, from the progressive wing, we need and deserve solutions, rather than rhetoric!


1. Is it a right?: Doesn’t everyone deserve to receive the right to life, liberty, etc? This should not be dependent on one’s financial ability, status, occupation, etc, but rather, shouldn’t we all receive quality health care, etc? Isn’t it a contradiction, to claim, we have the right to life, but not to quality health care? With all the flaws in the present law, wasn’t it worse, prior to 2010?2. Is it a privilege?: If we believe, All men are created equal, and possess certain inalienable rights, how can receiving affordable, quality health care, be a privilege? Isn’t it interesting, the same representatives, who rail against the ACA, are provided with the highest quality health care, automatically, as part of their position?3. A combination?: Neither those who claim it’s a privilege, and support coverage which is weaker and a plan, which is not viable, nor those supporting, what they refer to, as Medicare for All, are looking at the bigger picture! Those of us, receiving Medicare, realize its limitations, which include, having paid into it, all our working lives, having to pay $134 per month, for Part B coverage (which only covers about 80% of doctor’s bills), and then having to purchase either a Medicare Supplement, or Medicare Advantage Plan, to protect our lives and health, must question, how this would work, in real terms! We need a better system, which will assure everyone, of medical and health coverage, to protect their lives and health, in a meaningful way, and to protect them, against disease and/ or injury, but we don’t need empty rhetoric and promises!


Wake up, America, because if you don’t, your representatives, won’t be responsible, and assure quality health coverage! Meaningful health care should be considered a right, while it should be a privilege, to enjoy America’s freedoms! Enough with the rhetoric and promises!