I’ve got some points to make for all of those out there who are anti-universal health care.
If you are against universal health care,
you are pro-DEATH.
Point Number One:
- Nearly 45,000 people in the United States DIE every single year from preventable deaths associated with a lack of health care/insurance.
Read that again. That’s forty-five thousand individuals as of 2009.
This isn’t some meaningless number.
Every one of those 45,000 people were alive and are now dead.
And that’s each year.
Yes, they might be with us today if it weren’t for the pro-death stance so many have against providing our fellow citizens (read: fellow human beings) with health coverage.
Point Number Two:
- If you live in the United States I don’t care how pretty you are sitting right now as some day you may find yourself without a job or medical coverage. If/When that happens you’ll be grateful for having the coverage afforded you by the new U.S. health care system.
I know if I find myself using it I will be thankful that we’ve finally stepped up to the plate and joined all of the other developed nations.
Side Note: Developed nations versus developing nations.
Where did this data come from?
The U.S. Government.
In 2009 Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance (Harvard Medical School’s affiliated teaching hospital) published an alarming study in the American Journal of Public Health exposing a horrifying reality for those without health care. The Harvard Gazette explains that the study,
[A]nalyzed data from national surveys carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), assessed death rates after taking into account education, income, and many other factors, including smoking, drinking, and obesity. It estimated that lack of health insurance causes 44,789 excess deaths annually.
To be clear, the CDC is a government agency.
This is the U.S. government’s data.
We’re all clear on this fact, correct?
Steffie Woolhandler, study co-author, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a primary care physician at Cambridge Health Alliance, noted: ‘Historically, every other developed nation has achieved universal health care through some form of nonprofit national health insurance. Our failure to do so means that all Americans pay higher health care costs, and 45,000 pay with their lives.’
What do you think about all of this?
And … am I done?
Uh, … No.
That was points number 1 & 2. You know I have more to say about health care.
Health care is a human right. It’s unacceptable to sit back while others die and not say something about it – or worse, to fight against providing basic medical care to others because you are fine in your palace.
So, cross post and speak out on this topic. No one should die because others would rather spend more money denying them health care than we’d spend preventing the problems in the first place.
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