health care has many benefits
Imagine you get
in bed one night and tune into the fair, unbiased reporting of the
Fox News Channel. Tonights topic: The radical left wing is
subjecting us to the socialist idea of nationalized public health
care. You begin to think that if we put a free health care system
in place, the good old U.S. of A. will wake up to find Stalin and
Lenin at our door to conscript us and divide up our possessions
for the good of the motherland. What might happen to
our beautiful capitalist society if our government helps people
by providing services that could be provided by a corporation?
But wait! Hasnt the government provided services to minimize
unemployment and provide a safety net for those who have lost their
jobs? And before that, didnt the government regulate business
to preserve competition and ensure standards of quality for products
and work conditions? Do we all receive a free education and clean
water pumped into our homes by a government-controlled company?
And as a result, dont we have the strongest economy in the
world? The government already provides services and regulations
to ensure that major corporations and economic conditions do not
stamp out the dreams of citizens or keep them from being innovative.
Well, at least it did. Big business dictates government policy through
campaign contributions. Small businesses are being wiped out by
marketing behemoths. Those with the courage to go out and try something
new meet quite a few challenges, but at least they have their health.
But what if these brave souls get sick? The majority of people cannot
lose their jobs or they will lose their health coverage. Forget
working in a place that fulfills you. You need health insurance.
Maybe you, a child, or a parent are sick. As health care costs rise,
class mobility is in jeopardy. Many people have to forgo their innovative
ideas or education in favor of jobs to provide insurance. If you
cant work because of your health, you arent supposed
to lose your job. But it still happens. People are denied coverage
for treatments that could save their lives, while an executive at
their insurance company takes another raise with a bonus.
National health care wasnt important when blood-letting was
all the rage. Now, modern medicine has created a class schism. The
rich can live healthy lives, while the masses endure their health
problems. Are we so afraid of socialism in this country that instead
of insuring that people are healthy, we allow their suffering because
taxes might go up?
The fact is they might not. National health care could improve our
economy by eliminating the costs businesses incur from providing
health benefits. Small business wouldnt lose employees to
corporations on the basis of health benefits. Hospitals would not
have to write off expenses for providing services that people could
not pay for, so doctors and nurses would get higher pay. More money
goes into the economy, creating more taxable incomes, and thus the
burden of health care is spread around even more. Health care costs
will increase over time, but it wont result in as many lay-offs
and cuts in pay if companies arent stuck with the bills. Americans
would have a little more freedom to pursue their dreams without
fear of poverty. The health insurance executive might be out of
a job, but he will bounce back. He has opportunities arising everywhere,
and most of all, he has his health.
Chatman is a sophomore news-editorial journalism major from Fort