By Alberto Pupo
As Judge Roberts and the Court of Mega Activism deliberate on the Health Care Law. One can’t help but wonder how we even arrived at such a sorry state of affairs when it comes to Health Care in America. Why is it that the wealthiest and most powerful Nation in the world. A beacon of freedom for all humanity, the Great United States of America has utterly failed to live up to the Preamble of our Constitution. Yes our Government has failed to Promote the General Welfare, especially when it something as vital as human health. Why has an issue that is transcendent of politicization become a political tool to be parried with for votes? The sad state of affairs is that our failure in Health care in America goes to a deeper fundamental level than merely a Private versus Public Debate. This fundamental flaw is exposed in the way we have culturally been trained to perceive health care. Yes we as Americans perceive it as a product rather than a method of sustaining life.
Affixing everything with a dollar symbol is an American tendency. From the cradle to the grave we as Americans come into a culture where everything is a good to be purchased. The Health care system is no exception. The people of the United States and their quality of life is measured by the numbers. Purchasing a home, a car material goods are all par course with purchasing health care. It becomes ingrained into us that when we get sick we all better have enough money to pay to get well. Health Care in America is a Big Business, rather than having the best interests at heart of the people we have created a system where doctors vie for customer dollars, hospital want to offer the hottest toys so that people can become repeat customers. Health Care rather than becoming a tool to cure the sick and sustain life simply becomes a tool of enrichment. This mindset of placing a dollar bill and value amount to our health opens up a system which prays on that very goal of staying healthy. We as the “consumers of health care “ allow these private companies to trivialize our health. Why do we as Americans allow this to happen the answer is simple the specter of Socialism!
Socialism is a fear that lives in most Americans even those on the left from time to time do not want to be associated with it. Because of the specter of Socialism the idea that doctors may work for the government to provide us with health care is a taboo. The irony is we can accept government building infrastructure, libraries, fire departments, schools, police units, military social security.. but we cannot accept the idea of a hospital or doctors who may be “employees of Big Brother”. It is in this cultural fear of Socialism that the insurance industry has seized the day and taken over the right for us to have health care on a universal basis. With slick lobby groups and conservative blessing the insurance monstrosities continue to insinuate that a system with no private health care is wrong and unholy and the brain washing unfortunately seems to have worked.
The battle over Health Care has precious little to do with the Supreme Court and a Mandate to purchase a private product. Instead the real battle is an internal struggle with the boggieman. It is a struggle to become free and stop the fear of Socialism. The time has come to sit back and embrace a Universal Health Care Plan. When this notion is fully embraced, only then can The United States of America truly promote the Public Welfare.