*This is my first thread, hopefully I am doing this correctly*
Background about myself:
I am currently completing my last term in university. I am 22, earn 12-15k a year at a sales job AND pay my taxes in full. My family is classified as
lower-middle class (maye 10% away from the poverty line).
I only started drinking socially when I was 20 (beer a month), do not do drugs and am vegetarian (most of the time
). I have been fairly healthy my
Except when I turned 16, I contracted Viral Meningitis (my Dr. said it was probably from blowing my nose too hard from the cold I had, prior to being
hospitalized). IF IT WAS NOT FOR THE FREE AMBULANCE TO THE HOSPITAL THEN A FREE DOCTOR TREATING ME WITH LIFE SAVING ANTI-VIRALS I WOULD BE
My family does not have a house that it could get a second mortgage on, nor any existing credit lines. Whatever they had saved for my education would
have been spent on saving my life had it not been for Public Health.
Did I mention that my mother need to have an emergency C-Section when I was born?
Americans are being duped by right-wing think tanks and CNN who have connections to private health insurance providers who have the most to lose from
NO! The Govt does not decide whether old people die! My 89 year old grandma had to go to the hospital twice this year for major surgery, and no one
pulled the plug.
NO! You do not have to wait 2-3 weeks to see a doctor if you have had a heart attack. Usually its immediate, like less than 1 minute. If you go to a
family doctor (open mon-fri sometimes Sat) with a broken arm for example, you will be casted up within 1-12 hours (12 because she may send you to a
hospital for additional tests))
NO! You do NOT have to re-mortgage your house just because you got sick by a force of nature! That is cruel and incomprehensible in the richest nation
in the world. (My friend from California had to pay $15000 for care because he got Pnuemonia. He had to be off the job for 2 weeks and get another
credit card. This was a year ago and he is still paying it off. God forbid he gets sick again.)
It is true that sometimes people make the choice to take drugs or be unhealthy and use the healthcare system. Does this mean that they are not privy
to the same basic human right as the rest of us? I am a Business Management major, I would rather have a healthy workforce than one that is sick and
Yes the homeless and illegal immigrants get care too. Understandably I pay for this through my taxes. But these people represent a very tiny percent
of the population as to not have a dent.
Public healthcare makes us live longer, takes care of the old, young and fragile. It leads to a better economy and healthier people.
Finally we are all human beings. The system lets us excercise human compassion that is non-existant (almost) in the world today. Please let the US, in
my opinion one of the best nations in the world, become even better.