Dec 162009
Authors: Ian Bezek, Andy Kruse

Anti-health care reform a selfish mindset

By Andy Kruse

Last weekend, the House passed a bill to reform health care. This is a positive shift, as the anti-health care reform mentality has become a selfish and maladaptive way of thought.

Arguments against health care reform say that taxes will rise and our quality of care will go down, both of which point to selfish motives.

If my taxes go up to help others stay healthier, I’m happy to support it, to make society stronger and more viable.

My personal choice in health care will not be removed, even if I have to wait slightly longer to receive care.

A very important aspect that those opposed to health care reform seem to not realize is that there is always more to the story behind one’s condition than meets the eye.

For example, African-Americans show a higher rate of hypertension and heart disease, thus a lower life expectancy. This isn’t due necessarily to lifestyle and certainly isn’t due to their biology, but studies show that long term exposure to discrimination can have long term effects on our physiological processes such as blood pressure that lead to poor health.

Even before we are born, the story of our health begins. If our mother is malnourished, we acquire an extra thrifty metabolism that maximizes any nourishment provided to us in the womb. This stays with us after we are born. So if we then receive adequate nutrients, our body capitalizes on it as if we were still malnourished, therefore giving us weight problems and even diabetes.

Poverty and poor health are often not the fault of people these conditions afflict, but many people fail to realize this. Those of us who have access to affordable care have a moral responsibility to help others reach it as well.

Is health care a right or is it a privilege? With our advanced technology and ability to reach so many, health care should be a right; a right that will lead to the better well-being and our ultimate survival as a people.

This isn’t the right reform

By Ian Bezek

I agree with Andy that it is selfish for a person to suggest that people shouldn’t have access to health care because they are poorer.

But there are better and worse ways to provide health care, and generally legislation that comes out of Congress on a Saturday night, amid a cloud of dubious amendments and last-minute lobbying, fall into the “worse” category.

On Saturday, we had the Democrats pass a bill that was far different than what was expected. The bill doesn’t create a single-payer system such as what is found in other Western nations.

It doesn’t even do anything to confront that private health insurance companies that have been the target of Democrats’ anger recently.

Instead, this bill actually grants those hated insurance firms more power by forcing people to buy insurance whether they want it or not.

The health care bill is not a victory for Democrats. It aids the private health care industry, it strips away coverage for abortions from women and it just plain disregards what President Obama campaigned for.

It would be, as Andy argues, selfish to oppose reform to our messed up health care system — clearly some changes are needed. But it is not selfish to oppose this fundamentally flawed bill, which will not help the average American while costing more.

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