Fixing U.S. Healthcare
Low-overhead, government run health facilities in low-income areas will change the face of the healthcare industry without expanding government power or tax dollars.
Americans value life. This even extends to individuals who cannot or otherwise will not provide for their own safety and health. Because of this, most of us agree that the most basic health care needs should be available to people who can't afford it. What Americans have been doing for a while now is treating people who need to be treated and handing the bill to middle and upper class citizens who pay through higher taxes, higher insurance premiums and higher healthcare costs.
Democrats want to reduce the number of uninsured by increasing the taxes and the size, scope and power of the government. This does not address the core problem, and in fact it creates more.
My moral compass requires that I admit we must care for those who cannot or will not care for themselves - but we can be doing so at a far lower cost.
Imagine a scenario: State and Federal "urgent care" facilities operating in low-income areas, and "public wings" added to private hospitals for over-night and intensive care. Their equipment is outdated, medicine less effective and amenities less comfortable. They are staffed by volunteers, interns and one or two head doctors who are paid a discounted rate for their services. Patients who use these facilities do so because they can't afford all of the luxuries of a private facility, but need the basic care and are willing to accept the risks and discomforts involved. The doctors and nurses at these facilities are protected by stronger medical malpractice suits, and literally no insurance is required for those who come in.
"Isn't this just government healthcare to the max?" you might ask. No. Given the choice, anyone who could afford a visit to a private hospital would do so. Immediately, there's a means-tested approach to low-income healthcare that would lower the cost of insurance and lower taxes, by lowering the cost of serving those who can't serve themselves.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
A plan to forgive almost a trillion dollars in debt would solve the student loan debt crisis, but can it work?
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just proposed a bold education reform plan that would forgive billions in student debt.
- The plan would forgive the debt held by more than 30 million Americans.
- The debt forgiveness program is one part of a larger program to make higher education more accessible.
America isn't immune to attempts to remove books from libraries and schools, here are ten frequent targets and why you ought to go check them out.
- Even in America, books are frequently challenged and removed from schools and public libraries.
- Every year, the American Library Association puts on Banned Books Week to draw attention to this fact.
- Some of the books they include on their list of most frequently challenged are some of the greatest, most beloved, and entertaining books there are.
In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.
- The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
- The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
- Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
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