I believe healthcare is a fundamental human right.
I believe the ACA was a start, however, was a flawed one. This was a necessary evil, as there is no perfect system, nor will there be, and we need a baseline to improve from and evolve.
I believe our current system is built for the industries surrounding the healthcare system that stand to profit from it – specifically insurance and pharmaceutical companies. We have an industry that has evolved to take advantage of humans at their lowest, in order to charge 2-4 times that of any other comparable developed countries around the world.
I believe we need to use the resources around us, and look to countries with effective systems in order to better adapt our system to work for everyone.
I believe that until we have both the ability of choice and the understanding of the repercussions of our actions, we should never have to worry about our medical expenses. I believe that after a certain age, the same rules apply – once you achieve retirement age, you also do not have to worry about coverage. I believe those incapable of making decisions for themselves should never have to worry about coverage.
I believe that a workable system exists, where until you are an adult, you are automatically enrolled and covered for all expenses. Once you turn 18, you have options and the ability to choose which plan you want – from basic coverage that does not have charge, to premium plans and choice of providers that carries an additional monthly expense and deductible. Once you are at retirement age, you revert to full coverage and do not have to worry about cost. I believe all workers should pay into the funds to cover these basic medical rights, and that all employers should as well. I believe that we need to establish fair pricing for basic services, and allow the free market to adjust for premium services as well as healthcare options. I believe a network of federal and state clinics should exist to provide basic care.
I believe a federal plan should exist for a baseline plan, but state-specific plans should be available as premium options or in place of federal coverage when applicable.
I believe Tort reform is an option to mitigate legal fees and caps associated with malpractice laws currently in place.
I believe the current medicare/medicaid system needs revision, to become the baseline medical plan that all have accessible at no cost.
I believe insurance companies have the right to profit, however, I believe this profit should never come at the expense of human suffering or life. I believe a third party company should manage the decisions made around service, that exists as an advocate for patients and their care.
I believe that the healthcare industries should have no right to political lobbies.
I believe that we are all human, and all deserve the right to live healthy lives free of unnecessary suffering.
“The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” ~ Mark 12:28-31
“Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.” ~ Udanavarga 5:18
“Thou shalt Love thy neighbor as thyself.” ~ Leviticus 19:18
A Bedouin came to the prophet, grabbed the stirrup of his camel and said: O the messenger of God! Teach me something to go to heaven with it. Prophet said: “As you would have people do to you, do to them; and what you dislike to be done to you, don’t do to them. Now let the stirrup go! [This maxim is enough for you; go and act in accordance with it!]” ~ Kitab al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 146