Those with jobs are paying off college loans and the rent or mortgage, but with salaries that have not changed with inflation; 41% of working americans are paying off medical debt or have medical bill issues. Many businesses in America do not provide sufficient health care for their workers. In 2009, the five major for profit health care insurance providers made a “combined profit of 12.2 billion”. A recent study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describes little difference between the cost of health care and it’s quality. Government regulation on health care can aid this. Universal health care in America is not just for the unemployed, but for the workers as well: it is not welfare but a necessity. It is expensive to pay the electric bill and for groceries when having a modest secretarial wage, but they say to be happy to have a job in the first place, even if it doesn’t provide health care. The last thing we should worry about is being able to pay the $200 fee to visit urgent care about a cold when we are expected to put food on the table.
The problem here lies in money. These monetarily based situations can barely be controlled by working a steady job or even earning a degree. Who is to deny anyone the right to lead a healthy life the best way they can? Ultimately, people get sick. When businesses are not providing health care to those who desperately need it, the government must step in. If they can afford more military spending in the Afghan wars, they can at least provide a basis of tax money towards health care. If businesses wish the Health Care and Affordability Act be abolished, they will have to implement changes to their health care packages and provide for their employees or there will be riots, and there are.
Some will pledge allegiance to countries, to party values, to women’s groups, church organizations, you name it. They will find security within these societies based upon the hope for better, but hope all you might, there will be no change without action. That action is standing up for universal values, primarily the right to a health life. To be able to get a cancer screening, to get a cast for a broken bone, or to bring a child to ER when he has a 110 degree fever. It is vital that at least our bodies are in our control.
There are issues that cannot be disagreed upon. Everyone wants to be safe, healthy, fed and loved. Everyone wants the freedom to live at least a basic life. It is up to the human race to try as they may to ensure that those at least in an arms span have the resources they need to survive. If you had the money to live a luxurious lifestyle, if you did not want to donate money to charity, the least you could do would be to pay your relatively small share of taxes.