Healthcare, who’s winning? It’s one of the most contentious issues currently being debated in the arena that is United States politics. There are arguments coming from all sides of the floor regarding who wants what and how it will be paid for and what are the implications. The government claims that the people who will ‘win’ from this are the members of the middle class who cannot easily afford health insurance. Opposition to the bill claims that it is just another way to tax the people and it will not bring lasting change to healthcare.
In reality, the real winners are the big insurance companies who will reap all the profits from people buying health insurance while the middle class is forced to pay for it through taxes or by the purchase. How did it get this way? How did it get to the point where the only winner in this legislation is the big healthcare conglomerates? It is because they had money, and in today’s world it is money that can influence any policy more than sound judgement. Votes on health care bills can be bought and there is nothing that ideology, common sense, or even legal action can do about it. Companies have been doing this all over the world with regards to many different aspects of government. They will come in and bribe elected members to vote a certain way on legislation that would benefit them first of all and everyone else secondly. This is a process that cannot be allowed to stand much longer because the needs of the citizens should some before the want s of a corporation.
How can we fix this though? It would appear at first glance that there is no obvious way, but there are alternatives. The citizens can rise up and defy the status quo. Protest in the streets for their turn to have a say in the legislation. Allow the average person to vote on health care and they will ensure that the legislation will best represent them. By using the principles of online voting and the idea that we alone are responsible for legislation, people will be able to more accurately craft a version of Healthcare reform that benefits the people before it benefits the companies.
Once the right for each citizen to represent them self has been acquired people will need to begin the process of crafting the legislation. This will be a long process involving much debate, for without the debate and the compromise it is still just a few select people who control all the power. To start this process off people will need to be able to hold town hall meetings with each other and look at proposals for various aspects of their health care. This could involve spending practices, what will and will not be covered in terms of procedures, and so on. There will be clashing of ideology from the various ‘wings’ of the political spectrum but conflict and debate is good for a healthy democracy. Once the bill has been decided then it can be put to a vote before the entirety of the nation to have its fate decided. If the bill passes then it can continue down the legislative path to becoming a valid reform bill.
It is hard for a positive change to be made when it comes to healthcare because of the sheer demand and the diverse requirements that a bill covering health care must have. There needs to be consideration for diseases and treatments such as cancers and the flu, mental illness and disabilities should also be looked at in any legislation. This is why the public creating the bill as opposed to the insurance companies doing it through the legislators is a more favourable option. The more people looking at the matter, the more likely it is that nothing will be overlooked and the final product will have a greater positive effect on society as a while.
It is all too easy to sit back and let others deal with the problems we have regarding legislation and health care. We grow content with reaping the benefits while doing none of the work, but it appears that that phase of democracy is coming to an end, especially when it involves dealing with healthcare and insurance in general. If we do not stand up and make our voices heard we risk being squeezed for every penny we have by the insurance companies without getting any benefits. We will pay so that the rich can continue to abuse the system, while the middle class gets the leftovers. The grassroots are where the majority of the most meaningful change in recent history has begun, and to enact permanent health reforms that will benefitbeveryone it is the grass roots that will have to rise up again.