A few days ago, I tweeted/twatted my thoughts on universal health care. Don’t get me wrong – I support the idea of affordable, encompassing health care for all. Accessible health care is absolutely a human right. But I don’t trust the U.S. government to establish and maintain a responsible health care program. And my number one reason is why the article I posted was written: maternal and reproductive health care will be at risk.
Yes, we currently have a democratic president who seems to support a woman’s choice. But the health care program most likely won’t be finished until after his time in office (even if he’s elected for another term). It is entirely possible that the country will elect a president who doesn’t support a woman’s right over her body, or certain forms of birth control, or even sex education. Even if we do, our Congress has to support these rights as well.
Jacobson writes “both Republicans and conservative Democrats are pushing for restrictions in health reform legislation that could result in the loss of current benefits to millions of women.” She continues to surmise that women’s rights can and will become a “bipartisan bargaining chip.” Does this surprise you? That, while many private health insurers support most forms of birth control, it is quite possible that those options will be limited if the government becomes the universal health care insurer? Does this sound like a good sacrifice to you?
I’m not an expert or even an amateur at understanding health issues in the U.S., but I can confidently guess that reproductive health care is expensive. And further, I will guess that the people who truly need universal health care are low income. And I will dare to say that a majority of those people are in need of good reproductive health care, various accessible birth control options, and proper reproductive education. Jacobson sites multiple studies regarding women’s access to affordable health insurance, and the numbers of women who appear to depend on “publicly funded contraception services.” And while some politicians support these programs, some are also willing to compromise.
If health care becomes run by the government, they will sacrifice things the people actually need. It’s just fact. Whether it will be good and even out in the long run, who knows. I don’t think the U.S. can compare itself to other countries in terms of how health care works. Our values are different, and our government operates differently as well. I don’t know about you, but until our government proves to be responsible and can take care of its people, I’m not ready to let them manage my health care.