It’s a Raggy Waltz

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.


One Response to It’s a Raggy Waltz

  1. Jesse says:

    I think this may end up a state and national partnership. And I think the only way to decide this is through a referendum. Ultimately I think people who want health insurance coverage (and people who don’t have it) outnumber those who don’t.

    We’re going to end up with socialist/capitalist medical fusion, which fits us. I’ve heard the arguments for both sides (mostly from doctors). Some Doctors want to keep the old system out of greed, others out of practicability. More want the system to change, or are frustrated with insurances and the like. No one seems to be able to come to consensus on this, and as Medical student, I find this extremely frustrating. For now, it seems we might have to agree to disagree. And that really isn’t good enough for me.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: