In America, health Insurance is life insurance, and working class Americans are on the losing end of both.
Imagine a country where you spend your whole life working for a decent place to live and something to leave your kids. You do everything right, but still end up losing everything you worked for because a family member got sick, or you grew old enough to have a chronic medical condition.
That may sound like an over-simplification of America’s healthcare system, but it’s reality for millions. It’s also the part of the health insurance debate that no one in Washington seems eager to talk about.
Of course, if you’re a multi-millionaire, this is not a problem. For everyone else, healthcare decisions affect too many other decisions, and it’s been going on for years.
According to U.S.News & World Report,
Insured Americans with serious medical conditions say the financial stress of rising out-of-pocket health care costs is forcing them to juggle household budgets, delay or skimp on care and even run up credit cards or dodge debt collectors…
One study participant was prescribed a drug to alleviate nausea and vomiting caused by his cancer chemotherapy. Insurance picked up $900 of the $1,200 cost, but he could not even afford the co-payment and went without the medicine…
Another paid all her bills but relegated her grocery budget to “whatever’s left.”
Most people don’t need to read a study to know that the cost of healthcare creeps into everyday decisions, big and small. Just about everyone knows someone who stays at a job they hate because they need the health insurance, or puts off getting their own care because co-pays are as much as a car payment.
The real sickness in America is the system itself. It’s designed to work more like blackmail than healthcare; There are drugs available that can save your life, but you can only have them if you can pay up.
Right-wing Republican fanatics posing as ‘responsible’ conservatives often claim that the only way to ‘fix’ America’s healthcare crisis and $20 trillion deficit, is to cut taxes on the rich and spending for the poor. That ridiculous nonsense brings us to the current pile of TrumpCare spin.
Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks claimed on ‘New Day with Chris Cuomo’ that America was too poor to consider access to healthcare a fundamental human right, as ThinkProgress noted,
Brooks said, Health care for all is an unrealistic goal… I would love for every American to have a perfect health care system where we can deliver perfect care every time someone is ill, but we don’t have enough money. We have to take into account our financial limitations and do the best we can.”
But Brooks also seemed unwilling to back away from his support for tax cuts aiding wealthy Americans.
The Republican babble centered around giving billionaires a free ride on the backs of the middle-class and poor, omits the other way to balance the budget and solve the healthcare-versus-bankruptcy-or-die issue; raise taxes on the rich, and dismantle the only profit-driven, employer-based health insurance system on the planet in favor of single-payer universal care. Problem solved.
Watch Rep. Brooks squirm when Chris Cuomo calls him out on the GOP’s trickle-down economics scam.
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