A Collection of Problems with the US Health Care System

Maintenance Professional. North Carolina. Statement 10064.

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To all America, This is my second time commenting on this crucial issue, Because we must inspire for change. There is great inequality in the delivery of health care, yet we still lack any form of universal coverage. America’s health care crisis is not only a human tragedy, but an immense ethical challenge. America’s health care system has produced billionaires and millionaires, but still 45 million people are uninsured. And many who are insured face a confusing system that affects access. We are the only developed democracy in the world where such a spectacle takes place. America continues to have a worse than expected life expectancy, which is lower than 20 other nations. We are having near epidemics in preventable conditions, and the infant mortality rate (2002} has risen for the first time in 40 years. On top of all this, political decisions have moved America further from achieving health care goals. The last couple of years have brought an unprecedented change in the nation’s fiscal health, We went from a record surplus to a $413 billion deficit which is largely the result of tax changes. Instead of spending money to repair the health crisis, the current administration chose to enact tax cuts for the wealthy. To fill this void created by tax cuts the current administration proposes limited spending on programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Additional proposed tax changes would benefit the wealthy and further prevent progress from being made. In this important health challenge that confronts America, remember that a just society is one that protects and promotes fundamental rights to its members. Access to adequate health care is a human right, necessary for the development and maintenance of life. We must inspire and lead a national health care movement because without it, federal health care legislation is impossible. If this crisis is not eliminated there will be tremendous and severe consequences in every aspect of American society. The time has come to make permanent changes in our broken health care system.