Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the health care act. They named it “Repeal the Job Killing Health Care Law Act.” There were some Wisconsin members of Congress who voted to repeal this act. They include, Paul Ryan (R), Sensenbrenner (R), and Petri (R). Perhaps their actions are based on their gut instincts that only the strong should survive in our society.
Survival of the fittest was a new idea by Charles Darwin back in 1871. The theory of Evolution explains that those species who survived have adapted with the best genes suited for their environment. If we have health care, isn’t that stopping natural selection from taking place? If these members of congress believe we need to thin out the herd, then why even have medical or dental care at all? There is a video on Youtube.com called Survival of the Fittest which does an excellent job of explaining natural selection.
One day I was discussing this with a friend. She said she didn’t have health insurance and didn’t ever go to the doctor. She said she didn’t need to go and doesn’t go even when she gets sick. I asked her what would happen if a gunman came into the restaurant where we were and shot everyone, would she refuse treatment then? She said that wouldn’t happen. I asked, what if it did? She said that was a tough question.
I asked her “When you go to the hospital in that kind of situation and can’t pay for it, who do you think pays for it?”
She said she never thought about it that way. Perhaps we should let people die in these kinds of situations, it would save the hospitals and the government money by not have to bail hospitals out later, or pay hospital personnel unemployment when they cut staff to avoid bancruptcy, if it is really all about reducing government debt.
Medicare was a radical idea way back when it was passed. Our Grandmothers wouldn’t be in nursing homes now if it hadn’t passed. They would have to live at home with someone from the family leaving a job to take care of them or a child staying home from school. A video on Youtube explains the history of health care in the US. It is called A Short History of Medicare. Without Medicare and Medicaid, all kinds of medical neglect cases would be flooding our court dockets.
When I have gone to volunteer at charitable dental events there are lines several blocks long of patients waiting for free dental treatment. People are willing wait on very cold days just to get dental care. Sometimes they are turned away if there are too many people waiting and not enough volunteer dental workers to treat them. If it weren’t for volunteers, many of these people would go without treatment and end up with more severe problems. It is moving that so many of them don’t want to cheat providers out of money by getting dental or medical treatment knowing they won’t be able to pay for it. The people who come to free dental days would rather wait in line and be honest about it.
It is human instinct to survive. Right now in America we have a war going on between the rich, middle classes and the poor. It is coming from the hard wiring we all have to survive. The rich either don’t worry about anyone else or seem to feel the poor and middle classes should get jobs that provide health care. Many people think it is affordale to pay for health insurance on your own. Depending on pre-existing conditions, it may not be. Many living in poverty can’t find anyone who will hire them that has a health care plan and can’t afford health care on their own. If lower income folks do get health care many times they cannot pay the bill. Small businesses usually can’t pay employees a lot or provide benefits. Some business owners are struggling to provide health insurance. If business gets slower they cut insurance benefits. The cycle continues. How does it end? Only the strongest and most fit will know. They are destined to survive by having money to pay for care. That or being strong enough to go without health care at all. They can always cheat a health care provider out of their fees which has helped close some hospitals around here. It is a game of survival that congress has legislated.