No-Bama: Fighting Universal Healthcare

Nick Nguyen, Online Editor

It all began with a simple promise, or even simpler, a single word. Change. Two years later, America finally faces the change we were promised. And the general consensus? It ain’t pretty. To start off, I’m making my stance clear. I am so completely against the idea of implementing a Universal Healthcare system right now that I find it difficult to form coherent thought, and subsequently write out what I’m currently writing. There is so much that is so completely wrong with the concept, I hardly know where to begin. But I guess I’ll start with how it’s Unconstitutional.

Barack Obama is currently enjoying a unique seat of control as of right now. He is a Democrat, and both the House of Representatives and Congress have 2/3 majority of Democrats. In layman’s terms, President Obama could pass virtually any bill he wanted, and the Democrats could follow party lines and push the bill through, without any sort of opposition because they control the majority of the vote, which is exactly what he is doing now. The simple fact that Obama can shove a bill down the throats of Americans who have loudly and vehemently protested against it, is not only unconstitutional but exactly the OPPOSITE of what we elected him to do. Not to say the passing of the bill is entirely his fault, as we do have Representatives who are SUPPOSED to listen to the will of the people, but are clearly more interested in keeping in party line and favor than representing the will of the people. The entire process is so broken and so far mangled that unfortunately, we as Americans have to deal with the outcomes of Party loyalists who are on Power-trips. But, for the sake of argument, lets pretend that, this wasn’t a strict violation of rights given to us as Americans. Lets pretend for a moment that, yes, Obama is within his power to shove the bill down the throats of Americans everywhere. Take a moment, or in our case, quite a few moments, to analyze what exactly is so wrong with this bill.

The very first thing that strikes me about this bill is the term of “Standardization”. Universal Healthcare implies a standardization of Healthcare, and this is great news for anyone who doesn’t have healthcare. However, the fact that many of you readers sit where you are implies that you have healthcare, so in your case, this is a bad thing. In an ideal world, standardization of healthcare would mean that anyone, you, me, a hobo, or Donald Trump, could walk into a hospital or clinic and get quality healthcare.

Unfortunately, we can see evidence to the contratrary, like the Federal-ly managed Postal service or the questionably legal US Department of Education, that the US goverment tends to not provide the ideal we were promised with its creation. Layman’s terms? You, me, a hobo, or Donald Trump could walk into a hospital or clinic and expect to be treated like a hobo. Go ahead and ask a Canadian. Although Canada has Universal, and thus free, healthcare, many Canadians have been known to come to American hospitals for healthcare, and are very glad to pay for its quality. The ideal of quality healthcare across the board is incredible, and exactly the thing we should be working toward, but this bill isn’t proposing that. This kind of standardization is more of a straight-jacket rather than a providing source; it seeks to give healthcare for everyone, by making crappy healthcare mandatory for everyone, and not letting those with extra money get better healthcare. Ask yourself: If the doctor offered to, say, give you better, less painful, more likely to succeed surgery for an extra 100$, are you going to turn it down?

Not to mention the biggest issue I have with the bill, which is the long term psychological effect of degradation of personal responsibility. “Gee”, you might say to yourself, “this guy is using a lot of big words. What does that mean to me?” It means that over a long period of time, people start to lose the ever necessary self-preservative instinct that is oh-so necessary to a functioning society. You see, people tend to avoid doing stupid things, like crashing cars into other people, hurting themselves, ect. because this is the real world. You have to face “Full-Life Consequences”, you have to pay for everything you do. Crash a car? You have to pay for it. Kill a guy? You go to jail. This is the most basic concept of personal responsibility. “Gee”, you might still be wondering, “what does this have to do with the Universal Healthcare Bill?” The bill makes healthcare “Free” for everyone by making everyone pay for it included in taxes. So this is a good thing for people with whom life has dealt a bad hand, like people with Terminal cancer or permanent crippling diseases, but it also means that people who screw up no longer have to face the consequences of their actions, at least in terms of healthcare. The biggest sticking point to me, is of course the issue of abortions. You see, under this bill, abortions could possibly fall under the “free healthcare” part of the bill, meaning anyone who wanted an abortion could have one, and have it paid for by the government. And by “the government” it really means “every and any tax-paying citizen”. This is the height of taking personal responsibility from the people. Not only would the people be engaging in sex and not wanting to face the consequences, they’re having everyone pay for getting themselves out of parenthood.

“Nick,” you might say, “you stereotypically angry Asian man, Doctors don’t need defending! They make oodles of cash, garnered by illogically prescribing medications and pills! Cutting their pay means more money for the rest of us, right?” ‘No’ I’d reply. ‘No it does not.’ You see, doctors are often under-valued for the amount of work they put into what they do. 4 years of Pre-Med, 4 years of Medical School, and a 3-5 year period of residency would make a huge hole in anyone’s wallet, and people often forget that you aren’t paid for being a doctor when you’re in Med. School. Doctors, like small-business owners, often have to go for years before they are able to make the large amounts of money most of America seems to think they do, and thats if they aren’t constantly sued for malpractice. The new Healthcare bill, which could have brought some reform to the current Healthcare system instead of complete overhaul, completely fails to cap. Instead, they offer a 20% pay reduction. Being a doctor is far from an “Easy street to money” some seem to think it is. At least 10 years of work, dedication, study, and sacrifice go into working a semi-thankless job where you care for the sick and the injured. If that isn’t a justification for high pay, I don’t know what is.

So here’s where I write a conclusion, summarizing my arguments and telling you why I’m right. But, honestly, read everything I’ve written. If you like waiting for hours for sub-standard health care, if you’re okay with the Government trouncing all over your rights as an American citizen, and if you’re cool with the idea of people not paying for their own decisions, nothing I write can convince you that this bill is wrong. Think what you’d like, but the fact remains that there is so much wrong with this bill, the timing, the way it has been carried out, the spending, and the overall cost are just…wrong. But the point is that this bill could do so much for Healthcare. It could fix whats wrong with the system, it could streamline the entire process. Instead, its an overhaul, a costly and complex change from one working, albeit flawed, system onto a completely different system that we as Americans, know only horror stories from other countries about. America has so rarely been so split over an issue before, and there is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of the most historic changes to America. Weather or not the change is for good or bad remains to be seen, but I’m not keeping my hopes up.