We live in a country where 700,000 people (in 2009 numbers) go bankrupt every year due to medical expenses. In Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, and Switzerland this does not happen. Zero. Twenty two thousand people die from treatable illnesses in our wonderful country due to lack of available care. In other countries once again this is nonexistent.
Out of all of the first world market based economies we are the most unhappy, when surveyed, with our health insurance. A huge part of this is that we are the only country in which health insurance is a profit driven enterprise. Where every time care is actually paid for and provided it is considered a "loss". In others insurance plans, sometimes run by government sometimes private entities, exist only to pay people's medical bills, not to provide dividends for investors. We are the only country in which citizens under 65 cannot get permanent health insurance. If you leave a job, whether voluntary or otherwise, you lose insurance precisely when it is often needed the most.
Each of us as Americans must ask ourselves if we really want to be a part of a society that lets tens of thousands of our neighbors, brothers and sisters, die each year, and hundreds of thousands face financial ruin, because they can't afford medical care when they're sick?
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In the chapter, two women are healed. One is the twelve year old daughter of a man of prestige and power in the community, Jairus the synagogue leader. The other is an older woman who had been made a community outcast due to an issue of blood lasting twelve years. On the way to Jairus’ daughter the crowd thronged to see the miracle when the older woman reaches out and touches the Lord’s clothing in faith. He stops and spends the time to heal the woman. The outcast, the reject, the unloved... Of course he goes on to raise Jairus’ daughter from the dead healing both daughters of God.
In our country Jairus’ daughter would be given the best medical treatment in the entire world. Yea I said it, we do have the best care in the world for those that have insurance and resources to access it. Yet an ever increasing millions of men, women and children are completely left out. The woman with the issue of blood would not be healed in our country...she would not have access to the healers and miracle workers of our wonderful land.
I close with the Christlike words of a French (and yes we can definitely learn from other countries just as they from us) doctor, Dr Valerie Newman.”It would be stupid to say everybody is equal, some are rich and some are poor. Some are beautiful, some aren’t. Some are brilliant, some aren’t. But when we get sick-then, everybody is equal. Everybody must have equal right to the best medical treatment we can provide. That is the basic rule of French health care. Surely that’s the basic rule of health care in every country.”