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Health care is complicated, we’ve heard both Obama and Trump express these truths in their own elegant ways, at different times. We have to stop trying to model healthcare off of an outdated, unworkable template. You can’t just tweak a sentence here or there—it’s the same reason our education system is in steady decline--we’re not actually trying to reform or even evaluate the problems, we’re just kind of putting unstained wallpaper over another slightly worn layer of moderately aged wallpaper that we have marginally refreshed every eight years or so since the 1930’s. And the system doesn’t work. So there are some people trying to create an intellectual model based on socially progressive countries all of which are a third (or more) the size of the United States, which also cannot work if for no reason other than the sheer size of our country.
But because our representatives are not willing to actually look at the problem—because looking at the real problem would mean objectively cutting corporate special interest groups and big pharma profits—they are not, in actuality, preparing to reform anything; revising our current healthcare system is fundamentally absurd because designing, and maintaining such a large socialist program that also puts billions of dollars into the pockets of insurance and pharmaceutical companies while simultaneously helping hundreds of millions of American citizens manage a decent standard of living is systematically impossible, and yet that’s the template that we continue to base our healthcare system on. The question of “reform” then becomes, “Who are we going to cut?” either people are going to pay or people are going to get cut, when we start with our current healthcare system as the template the only resounding question is who and/or what gets cut. Health insurance requires a pot of money for everyone to dip their hands into, and if we want to cover everything for everybody you’re going to pay a little more or people are going to lose either their insurance or their healthcare.
A large number of people will recognize that someone having little to no healthcare is a global problem, they might argue that “it is our responsibility to care for those that are not capable of caring for themselves,” while another large fragment of people might maintain the illusion that the American Dream is somehow Randian centric, in its entirety (This is a clause word, it implies that Randian philosophies are contextually applicable) –which is quite simply the equivalent of lacking empathy, and compassion—and these people have, essentially, lost their humanity or, and maybe more appropriately, political dissonance has become more important to them than their humanity. However, either purview is afforded with the standard that affordable healthcare requires medical insurance. And that is ingenuously untrue.
There are no clauses that we can add or remove and there is no amount of reform that will appeal to our humanity, at least to the degree in which our society, as a whole, is willing to accept. So, we have to start from scratch; our government and the American people have no choice but to completely, and unconditionally reinvent our entire healthcare system.
Fortunately, it really isn’t that complicated; the only problem is that insurance and pharmaceutical companies stand to lose, well...everything. Autonomous healthcare: we privatize healthcare. Completely. Our government has been attempting to reform healthcare based on the concept that health insurance is the foundation from which to build, that does not work. We need a system where medical professionals have to compete for our business. Let me say that again: Doctors would be competing for the benefit of the sick. This is the foundation from which we need to develop our healthcare system. The A.C.A, the A.H.C.A., and the Better Care Reconciliation Act do not work because they were all developed from the foundations of a system that disregards the needs of people.
With that said, it is importance to recognize that Universal Healthcare is an unrealistic concept for The United States of America. Our government is too big, too corrupt, and too conditioned to draft such an idea. First and foremost we have to “repeal and Replace” health insurance companies and to start anew, with the impression of capitalism. The most affordable healthcare for those who need it the most will only come by it when healthcare is owned and operated by medical professionals, not insurance companies or politicians. We can complain about it and we can “Repeal and Replace” our healthcare every four years until the American people lose whatever lingering trust we have for our crippled government, but until we recognize, as Americans, that we have forfeited our democracy for apathy ‘they’ll’ get better-and-better at signing, drawing, labeling our emblematic body casts.