By Eddy Montilla.
As of 2013, in the United States, the world’s largest economy, there are around 44 million Americans who cannot get health insurance. For these people, to fall ill is a luxury that they cannot afford. Then, you see other countries like Japan or Canada, for example, where people don’t boast so much about their economic position and you find that they have better health care system than the U.S. Then, what is the point in being the economy number one in the world if in more important things, like health care, the country is not even ranked among the 10 countries with best health care system?
This is the problem: Health insurance industry moves millions of dollars a year. If the poor can get health insurance at low price, the rich will stop eating the best slice of the cake. Since the Government will not provide all these people with health insurance for free, the middle and high class, directly or indirectly, will have to pay for them. And this is the moment when problems arise. Americans are one in matters of rights, liberty, etc., but when it comes to money, the situation is completely different and individualism emerges with a phrase printed on its forehead: “Mine is mine, and period!
This inequality of opportunity among Americans about health care is what the President Barack Obama tried to eradicate with his sometimes loved sometimes hated Health Care Reform, today known as Obamacare. However, until now, it has worked out badly. Since most people usually judge quickly according to what they see, they blame the lack of information and Obamacare website problems for Obamacare’s disaster when the real problem is Mister Money and the individualist mentality that many people have when it comes to money.
Obamacare, as any other new project of great importance, has its technical faults, but there is no doubt that The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, that is, Obamacare, seen as a way to improve the quality of health care, health insurance and reduce health care spending in the U.S. is convenient and necessary. Equality is real when can be verified in practice and today reality says that with 44 million Americans struggling to go to hospital, the country is still far away from being a nation where equal opportunities prevail, which is a slap “in the face” of the country and all it stands for.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper WORLD AND OPINION with Eddy Montilla.
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