During an August 2007 Democratic presidential debate in Illinois— retired steelworker Steve Skvara asked a crucial question. "After 34 years with LTV
Steel, I was forced to retire because of a disability. Two years later, LTV filed bankruptcy. I lost a third of my pension, and my family lost their
healthcare," he said. "Every day of my life, I sit at the kitchen table across from the woman who devoted 36 years of her life to my family, and I
can't afford to pay for her healthcare. What's wrong with America, and what will you do to change it?"
What health care should be available to all Americans, regardless of income?
People of America or the world should be entitled to free complete first class promt healthcare
I hope it will be sometime in the future
Another woman made the point that her sons are good enough to go and fight for their country as both a serving in Iraq at the moment but she is not entitled to adequate healthcare. I wonder why she thinks that when scholar assures us that everyone is regardless of income?
What, exactly, is meant by "entitlement"?
Health care must be paid for. Nobody will be a doctor, if they don't get paid sufficiently well. The equipment, facilities, support personel, and medicines all require money.
There have been quite a few union-business contracts that have made a stupid deal--instead of having money set aside for health care reimbursement (out of the company's reach), and expecting the value of that money toward health care, the union got a promise of health care coverage (but no actual money), so that the future depended on the financial health of the company. Can anyone really expect a bankrupt company to reimburse for health care? Of course not.
Some other companies (General Motors, for one) have struggled mightily to keep making good on promises to reimburse health care that they cannot really afford. It puts them at such a disadvantage that the whole company could collapse under the weight of its obligations, because no one would buy the cars if the added cost of all the health obligations were added to the price.
I don't say the worker shouldn't get health care. But, there has to be a better plan to pay for it. His union spent his dues without looking out for him, and didn't keep health care reimbursement costs separate from the company's funds.
The government is presently taxing the public too much, and the present social security (pension and disabilitiy) and medicare obligations are greater than the money which comes in to pay for the programs. For government to be able to do more, it has to cut unnecessary programs, and get more effects for less money. Government-run medical programs have spiraled out of control (such as medicare and the Veterans' Administration). The greater-efficiency methods of private competition need to be enlisted to minimize the costs.
Another statistic I heard yesterday was that 9 months of the funding for Iraq in 2007 would have funded healthcare for all in the US for the entire year. It depends what your priorities are I guess if this statistic is true.
Perhaps some sort of cheap compulsory state health insurance?
Part of the problem is the litigious attitude that so many seem to have in America. Doctors' malpractice insurance helps to bump up the cost of
treatment to patients.
I was in an HMO in the US when I lived there which itemised bills which they had covered. Some treatments would have been excluded. My friend and colleague became very ill and they cancelled his insurance and he was sacked from his position because the school was unable to fund his healthcare. It became a cause celebre in the 90s in the area. He eventually won his case but only after taking legal action. Someone else employed him and his wife's insurance covered much of his treatment but it was a very worrying time for them all.
When someone is ill they are at their most vulnerable. It is indefensible that treatment is down to having the "right" insurance. My friend died a few years later and spent the last three years of his life in a state of bitterness because of all they had put him through.
For me healthcare for all citizens born in a country (or working long-term in a country) is a right and we all have a responsibility to fund it. I would never deny a bone marrow transplant to someone just because they had insufficient funds.