Universal Health Care should be a given

William T. Robinson, Jr.

I would imagine being quarantined because of the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed millions of Americans a chance to seriously and conscientiously  ponder the necessity of having an effective health care system that benefits all Americans. No one should face a death sentence because of his or her lack of affordable health care insurance.

Health care coverage should not be a contentious political dagger dangled in the face of American citizens by politicians with subjective  views claiming they know what is right for Americans citizens. Just plain common sense as well as indelible morality dictates that health care should be a natural right and a guarantee to all United States  citizens, regardless of race, status or socio-economic circumstances. It goes without saying that adopting universal health care is the Christian and right thing to do.

Civilized and developed countries total 36 in the world, making up the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). With the exception of the United States, they all have universal health care. In fact in 1948, the United Nations declared health care a basic human right. Our problem with coming aboard is unprecedented greed and a blatant disregard by some politicians for the greater good of the public.

Politicians make excuses about coming together to propose and support a universal health care system. That makes them complicit in the death of thousands of Americans. Yeah, I said it. If you want to rationalize or make excuses, take it up with your  conscience or what you consider your higher power. In some cases, it is apparent that the acquisition of money is your higher power. However, it shouldn’t be about  politicians blocking universal health care when the majority of the country has voiced over and over that they support it. Saving American lives by offering quality care should be a priority. Everyone in this country should have access to medical services without being fearful of the cost.

There is a plethora of arguments discussing the pros and cons of universal health care for the United States. Some of the opponents argue it would be too expensive; people may pay for services they do not receive; it would add to long waiting time for services; it could limit services; it could limit the quality of patient care; people may be less careful about their health; it could limit technology; it would be a financial burden on the wealthy and healthy  because of the unhealthy occupying most of the services; and it would overwhelm the government  budget. The saddest concern is this: Selfish people   feel unhealthy people would be given the same consideration as citizens who are pro conscious about contributing to a more healthy lifestyle. But these negative concerns are only constructs that can be worked out to make universal health more efficient and productive for the public in general. Supplemental insurance, prepay options and expanded choice options could be provided for those who want to feel they have an extra edge over others.

One of the pros for universal health care is that it would lower overall health care costs for the economy because the government would be the single regulating agency alleviating competitive  agencies. Therefore doctors and pharmaceutical agencies would receive less compensation per service, and health care spending would go down. As it stands now, pharmaceutical companies seem to   have carte blanche on charging exorbitant prices on their drugs. Universal health care would reduce administrative costs involved in health care by eliminating the need to deal with private insurance, especially when it comes to simplifying rules for approval by insurance companies before doctors can provide some services or procedures they deem  necessary for their patients. Universal health care would remove competition, forcing hospitals and doctors to provide same standard of quality care at a lower cost, as well as promote a healthier workforce because more emphasis would be put on preventative care—decreasing the need for emergency intervention.

With the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately affecting African Americans,  especially with pre-existing health problems, it shows that our health care program is undeniably flawed. This results in the unnecessary death of many African Americans. A universal health care program would help alleviate the inequities and disparities existing now for so many Americans. The voices of so many of our beloved dead cry out for vindication. They would want us to do the right thing, so that their deaths would not have been in vain.

You can weigh the pros and cons, but the truth is that it is about greed. Everyone can be compensated fairly and equitably, but insatiable greed now dictates what should be considered right and fair. Universal health care is not only the fair and moral thing to do but would help keep us honest. Let’s do the Christian and humane thing and make it possible for everyone to have the right to universal health care, regardless of their circumstances. Let your elected officials know that obtaining universal health care is not an option. It is a must.