Am I un-American for believing that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care?
I mean, I know that I stand with the entire civilized world...but is it really un-American?
- 10 years agoFavorite Answer
If we are truly a country ruled by the majority, then it would seem un-American to think we should all have good health care. Fortunately, we are not simply ruled by the majority, for too many of us think it wrong to "socialize" pretty much anything. Evidence thereof is presented in some of the Answers posted.
I think you already know the answer to your own question. I applaud you for asking it and for the not-so-subtle message it contains.
Really, it is, if we consider the Constitution itself, un-American to deny access to health care for all Americans. Affordable is a subjective term, but if we can get top-quality health care to all of us, then we have taken a grand step in the right direction. I have long felt that lack of quality health care is one of our most pressing, crucial needs. It may well be the most pressing and crucial.
Do a little research and you will find Constitutional support for the belief that this thing called health care is a RIGHT, not merely a privilege for those with money or the "right" jobs.
And it certainly is a NEED.
To answer your question directly: You are NOT un-American for believing what you do; indeed, you are the right kind of American.
- JasmineLv 510 years ago
Profits before life is what we had. That's crap.
People were denied care or their coverage dropped when they needed it the most.
60% of all personal bankruptcy was due to unaffordable health care.
The insurance industry has had a stranglehold on us for too long. No it is not the best, but it is a step in the right direction.
Those who complain don't know the cost of Medicaid or Medicare, which they pay for.
To want affordable health care for your fellow man is not un-American, it's anti-capitalistic.
Somebody needs to get rich off of your misfortune for it to be OK.
- Anonymous10 years ago
No but there are other ways to get quality affordable health care without getting the government involved.
1) Offer a tax incentive TO get it. Tax that waiter $800 and tell him if he gets health insurance he'll get it back in a tax credit.
2) Don't force anyone to get it because that's unconstitutional AND it's none of the federal government's business. It's something that should be handled at the state level.
3) Coverage for minor preexisting conditions IF the person has uninterrupted coverage. If they've gone without coverage then they pay more and/or have waiting periods. You can't offer an incentive for people to not get coverage -- which is what you're doing if people can get coverage without regard to preexisting conditions.
4) Set up STATE (not federalMH IPans covered by hospital taxes in that state to help the uninsurable get an affordable option - much like Maryland's current Maryland Health Insurance Plan (MHIP - look it up).
5) Drop the barriers to the states so small players can cross state lines and offer plans...plans that meet at least a certain criteria for coverage.
6) Create minimum characteristics of plans that would be 'tax qualified' plans. In other words if you get a hospital only plan then you're not getting the tax credit.
7) Don't force businesses to have it, offer it, pay for it and don't tax them. That's the most ridiculous thing to do in a down economy. If it costs MORE to have an employee then small businesses aren't going to be hiring more employees.
8) Buy drugs at the same rates Canada does...why are we the only ones paying retail?
9) Introduce tort reform to bring down the costs of liability insurance that doctors have to carry. This is a direct cost that flows right to the consumer that we all pay for.
10) Let the insurance companies continue to operate in a free market system. Even Europeans like to come to Georgetown, Hopkins and other world famous and world class hospitals that are located here in the US. So, let's not disrupt the best healthcare in the world...let's just fix the broken parts.
- ThomasSLv 710 years ago
A large part of that "entire civilized world" are now suffering the consequences of their growing governments forcing their will on the people. Access to affordable health care is one thing - - breaking the bank and the backs of the American people is another....this government is growing too big - too fast.
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- Maverick ZeroLv 410 years ago
Un-American for believing that, no.
Thinking it should be forced downed the throat of all Americans would be un-American. But you're not doing that.
- mckenziecalhounLv 710 years ago
I think it is a wonderful dream.
It doesn't justify stealing from others to make it possible.
I also think everyone having a home of their own is a lovely idea.
I won't steal your car to make it happen.
The ends do NOT justify the means.
Time for socialists to go back to their own party.
I want mine (Democrats) back.
- righteousjohnsonLv 76 years ago
You get what you pay for son. Nothing is more American than that.
- GlenLv 710 years ago
It's un-America to impose a government run version of health care on the rest of us.
- 10 years ago
i agree we need better health care and more affordable.
but to make our un born grand children pay for it is unAmerican and really pretty pathetic.
- Freedom Wins IVLv 610 years ago
Not UnAmerican, but not at the cost to Other Americans!