Our world’s Civilization and healthcare reform in the United States

Those with illness deserve to be taken care of no matter who they are.

Each life has intrinsic value irregardless of the ability to pay.

No one is in the position to determine that any person’s life is unworthy of the cost of their health.  Even the most reprehensible personalities deserve kindness. Mercy is the only solvent for hatred.

Cost should NOT be the FIRST concern in our debate on healthcare. Life alone, simply being alive,  has greater value than payments. 

In our civilization, the world looks at American values. They can’t avoid it even when they want to. As the leading exporter of movies, TV and entertainment, our cultural values are observed by everyone on this planet.

They are watching us now.

They are watching to see if we,  who rightly so, pride ourselves on fairness, justice, freedom and hope, will make a commodity of our citizens’ lives.

We are under the microscope.

Everytime a fool on TV insists the United States cannot pay for healthcare for its own citizens, we degrade our whole civilization and embarass ourselves in the eyes of the world.

Every time we allow someone to screach hysterically about a non-existent ‘death panel’ or ‘who’s going to pay for this healthcare plan?” we diminish our ability to stand up for what is best in human civilization.

To unleash the explosive creativity of the human spirit and to protect the weak must be the goal of our world’s civilization. 

Every mind in the world can spill into each other with tweets.  Yet, 1000 people a week feel hopeless enough to commit suicide from depression, loneliness and despair

Corn is produced at such velocity and volume that a single country can supply the world, yet 20% of children go to bed hungry each night.

Racial understanding progresses to the point that the most powerful man in the world is an elected black man, yet ethnic tribalism, and  “honor killings” of women exist unregulated. This week’s Journal of the American Medical Association reports a 30% rate of intimate partner violence against women in India.

We are on the cusp. Which shall it be?

Let’s stay on course.

Our moral authority in the world evaporates a little every moment we delay in providing healthcare for all of our citizens. Our political power to stand up against outrages in other countries is lessened.

Today in our country, someone will die of an illness that could have been prevented had they access to care.

When you stand up for universal healthcare, you stand up for a great civilization. When you oppose the histrionic hatred of someone demanding that we show payment before providing help you are protecting everyone in the world.

The world is watching how we treat the most vulnerable in our own society.

The cost of leaving them unprotected far exceeds any dollar amount. We will NEVER be heard when we speak out against a human rights abuse in another country, when we allow the abuse of human rights at home

A day delayed in providing universal coverage is a human rights abuse. The height our civilization can reach is being measured by our action on healthcare reform.


13 Responses to “Our world’s Civilization and healthcare reform in the United States”

  1. dcbarton Says:

    Explain to me exactly how it is “human rights abuseto let people choose their own lives? If people choose to live without healthcare, it is their choice. It is not my responsibility to give them what I provide for myself and my family, they can provide for themselves and their families.

    • Conrad Fischer Says:

      This depends on whether you consider it within the range of the millions of people who are working but do NOT have a job that provides them health insurance. Your attitude, which is basically one of “If they want to live, make sure they have a job that provides health insurance’ or, “Make sure they all make over 100,000 a year” is problematic.
      I know MANY people, like say, 90% of ALL waiters or taxi drivers in this country with NO insurance, who work rather hard. It is fine if you have them live at home, or say, tell them not to have families.

    • Conrad Fischer Says:

      Why is it that we consider a 1 trillion dollar military an automatic, but healthcare is luxury

  2. nani Says:

    There’s people (including myself) who have been blessed because they’ve never had to face a terrible situation like having to sell your house or your car, or the savings you had for your child’s education, or God forbid, watch a loved one die, because of lack of resources to pay for medical care.

    It is something beyond my comprehension how easily they can forget that you don’t choose when, where or under what circumstances you are born.

    I would agree with not having to pay for other people’s expenses if we all had the same opportunities. Unfotunatelly, that is NOT he case, the world is NOT fair. There are people who no matter how hard they work or how much they struggle, will never be in the same position I am, because they never had the same opportunities or resources to get there.

    It honestly amazes me (and saddens me deeply as well) how people can forget how lucky they’ve been, how blessed they are.

    It is out of this sense of gratitude, if not because of a moral issue, that we should ALL struggle to help those who need our help. Personally, I am so thankful for all the blessings have been bestowed upon me that in my heart I long to reach for those in need and aid them in an attempt to give back what I have received, even if it’s just a little bit.

    We are where we are and the world is the way it is because in a sense, just like Mother Theresa said, we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

    • Conrad Fischer Says:

      What you describe is a heart of compassion.

      It is our duty to get high scores and good residencies so we can prove to the world that those with compassion are not weak or looking for a handout.
      We have to be just as tough minded as the forces of darkness in the culture, the forces of greed, fear and insensitivity that equate empathy with weakness.

      We have to have BETTER scores on USMLE to prove that decency, and mercy are NOT a shortcut around accomplishment and success.

      A higher score and MORE success for you will give the heart of compassion in the civilization more POWER to do good!

      • nani Says:

        the problem Dr, is that a heart of compassion should be the force that moves and motivates everybody, specially physicians. I don’t know or understand when we lost it…

        We’ll just have to keep on fighting, huh? 🙂

        Daniela Donoso

      • Conrad Fischer Says:

        Hi Ms. D,
        This motive force is NOT lost or we would not be having this discussion. YOU have it! and today, that is ALL that matters! When I am dead and gone and you remain behind, perhaps you will be the one to help others in this area.
        The fundamental impulse towards the good is hard wired into our cells and will be buried sometimes, but will never die.

      • nani Says:

        The great Fisch will not die! Stop saying those ominous words! all ur fans will be heartbroken, moi included! 😉

      • Conrad Fischer Says:

        Would that make me “Filet O; Fisch”?
        Thanks for your comments. Lots of crazy people to neutralize

  3. Megan Says:

    It really chaps my hide that the “religious right” is on the party line per usual on this one. I suppose they missed a few Sunday school lessons.

    “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

    One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed. Proverbs 19:17

    • Conrad Fischer Says:

      That is 100% perfect! You have chosen PRECISELY the line that MUST be the watchword of the push for this reform! ANd it will work. George Bush, under pressure from the religious right passed a very appropriated AIDS funding bill. Apparently when THEY do it, it is good charity, but when anyone else wants to help, it is ‘Tax and Spend”
      Kindness and decency is the right way! SHortly,I will on saturday be announcing a plan to get volunteers to push this over the internet.

  4. dcbarton Says:

    according to the latest census reports, and the president himself, there are only about 47 million people in this country without insurance. 12 to 20 million of those are illegal aliens wqho shouldn’t be here and could get healthcare back in Mexico where most of them came from, 12 to 22 million are people that are young enough that while they could get insurance, tend to believe they do not need it or would prefer to spend that money on something else. That leaves about 12 to 15 million that are chronically uninsured. These figures didn’t come from Republicans or from Limbaugh, they came from the president and the census. Should we destroy healthcare for those with insurance for the illegals? MAybe for those that voluntarilly pass on it? Or do we force all into a single-payer system that has never worked in any country where it has been tried to benifit the 5% of the population that is chronically uninsured? Wouldn’t it make better sense to just put those people that are chronically uninsured into the medicare program, and let the illegals go back to where they came from, and then tell the people that choose not to get insurance that they are now responsible for their decision?
    Or would you prefer we all have to live with the same system that England has? Or Canada? Or France? All of these countries have recently stated that their healthcare systems are broke, services that were spotty at best, and devestating at worst. These healthcare systems have been abysmal failures. In Britain, women are denied breast cancer treatments that could save their lives because the treatments are too expensive, smokers are denied ankle surgery because they are smokers. In Canada people with chronic diseases or injuries have to come to the US for treatment because the waiting period is too long in Canada.
    No system is perfect, but do we really want to take a system that has, to date, been the best, cheapest and most productive in the world, and replace it with a system that has been a failure in every country that has tried it? How will that help those that don’t have healthcare now? Misery loves company, but do we all have to join the miserable? 5% don’t have insurance and can’t get it, so we want to punish the other 95%?
    No thanks, I’ll stick with the system we have now.

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