The evidence in regards to controlling Covid-19 is obvious. Approximately half to a third of the population needs to be vaccinated (otherwise known as herd immunity) for the virus to lose it’s potency. The question is, what measure are governments around the world taking to stop it in its tracks?
While the United States is floundering in its attempt to get the shots into the arms of Americans, 20% of the Israeli population has received the vaccine as of last Wednesday.
Granted, Israel is a much smaller country in both population and size. That being said, it comes down to planning, coordination with the government at every level, and assistance of the medical industry. The problem in the United States is two fold. Thanks to you know who, the system that is supposed to transfer the vaccine from the federal government to state and local governments can only be described as a hot mess. The issue compounded by the American healthcare system, which has been problematic for many years.
Back in 1947, a smallpox outbreak hit New York City. Via a coordinated effort between the city and the Public Health Service, millions were vaccinated in less than a month. Only twelve people were infected and of that number, only two people lost their lives.
The fact is that it is possible to end this plague and return to some semblance of normalcy. But we can only do that if those in the halls of power work together.
The 2020 Presidential Election will be here before we know it.
Last night, the first half of the twenty Democratic Presidential candidates debated as to whom would best represent the party and go up against you know who next fall.
While there were many moments to go over, I want to talk about two moments that stood out to me.
Julian Castro made his mark. I knew of him by name, but I knew nothing of his positions and his potential policies. After last night, I hope that he will be given the opportunity to prove his mettle, especially after he announced his public support of the Equal Rights Amendment. This amendment has been bouncing around the halls of Congress for for nearly fifty years. It’s time to make it the law of the land and ensure that American women are once and for all viewed by the law as equal to American men.
The other moment that stood out for me was the question about socialized medicine. When the candidates were asked who among them supports socialized medicine, only Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio raised their hand. I agree with the idea of socialized medicine (known in the US as universal health care), but I disagree that private insurance should be gotten rid of completely. I think that every citizen should have access to some form of socialized medicine, but I also think there should be the option of obtaining private health insurance via an employer.
Readers, what do you think? Do you have any favorite moments or candidates from last night’s debate.
America is one of the wealthiest countries on earth. If the powers that be wanted to, they could help every American, regardless of employment (or lack there of) and ability to pay, to have gain access to reasonable health insurance. But the powers that be have made a choice that one’s access to reasonable health insurance is limited.
Logan Moore is an adorable two year old boy from Georgia. He suffers from Hypotonia, a disease that hinders his ability to walk properly. His parents questioned if their health insurance company would not only cover the cost of a walker, but also provide it in a reasonable amount of time. Out of sheer desperation, the family took a trip to Home Depot, looking to purchase materials to make a walker until such time that the insurance company would hopefully provide the walker.
Out of the goodness of their hearts, the staff not only built the walker for Logan, but they did so for free.
To my mind, this story illustrates one of the weaknesses of this country. Healthcare and access to affordable health insurance is a human right. There are many countries that provide some form of universal healthcare for their citizens. And yet, in the United States, one’s ability to see a doctor without breaking the bank depends on one’s employment and financial status.
The question I have to ask is, if Home Depot helped this child, why can’t the insurance company do the same?
Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Service released its final draft to revise the final Title X rule Family Planning program. This change is designed to hurt, not help millions of Americans who rely on Planned Parenthood.
While Conservatives and those on the right obsess over abortion and Planned Parenthood’s family planning services, they overlook the fact that the organization does much more than family planning. The organization provides much-needed healthcare to those who are unable to afford to visit their local doctor.
You know who claims that he is there for the voters. But the reality is that he is there only for his base and his supporters. If he actually backed up his promises with actions and research, he and those in power who would happily defund Planned Parenthood would realize that they are hurting the voters they promised to help.
The job of a politician, regardless of whether they are representing voters on the local level or the national level, is to be responsible to all voters. This includes the voters whom they disagree with and more importantly, the voters of limited income who rely on the government when they are unable to support themselves.
When I was growing up, I was lucky that both of my parents had full-time jobs that provided health insurance. If I needed to go to the doctor, there was never any question that I could see one.
Many children in America today are not so lucky. The CHIP program provides health insurance for millions of children whose parents make too much money to quality for traditional government healthcare, but either cannot afford to pay out-of-pocket for health insurance or cannot get insurance through their employers.
What makes me angry is that there are people in Washington D.C. who are willing to throw the health and the lives away of millions of American children in the name of something that is unnecessary and a waste of tax dollars (i.e. the border wall with Mexico). These kids are our future. By letting CHIP go by the wayside, we are sacrificing these health and future of these children. One of these kids could one day cure cancer, fly to Jupiter, maybe even become President Of The United States.
But we will never know what they will be capable of accomplishing as adults if we do not make their health a priority when they are children.
If I were to compile a list of the important things in life, my health and the health of my family would be high on that list.
When Jimmy Kimmel’s son was born a few months ago with a congenital heart defect, he spoke to the audience not as a comedian and talk show host, but as a father who not only realized how lucky he was to have health insurance for him and his family, but also how precarious the health insurance system in America is.
Last night, during his monologue, he spoke of the bill being drafted by Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham.
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Regardless of our income or employment status, we all have the right to not just healthcare, but quality healthcare.
The bill proposed by Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham is wrong on many levels. And of course, the irony is that while they are proposing to remove millions of Americans from the healthcare system, they will get healthcare for life because of their position.
I urge every one of my American readers to call their senators and urge them to vote no on this bill. We have a right to a voice in our government, it’s about time we used it.