The Affordable Right to Health Care
The United States health care system is broke. The costs have been on a consistent and steep rise due to several different issues and have led to an outcry for a fix. The issue of health care has become both political and polarizing since the early 1980’s. Various solutions have been considered, but both sides of the political spectrum interpret these solutions differently. The challenges in addressing the solution are both social and economic. In 2008, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that, by 2020, the United States health care system would be “unsustainable” (Newman, 2008). Unsustainable, though, is a catastrophic term with respect to financial forecasting. Foreboding as it may sound; unsustainable does not register in regard to the social responsibility Americans attempt to demonstrate. The “human right” for health care has been driven by the push for society as a whole to come together and help their fellow man rather than the fiscally responsible nature many practice in their personal lives. This crisis of social responsibility has created a community-based fear of un-acceptance and inequality that doesn’t trickle down to the individual responsible for their well being and thus limits the affect they might have on the common good.
One interpretation views health care as a “human right,” an entitlement to something and a “constitutional right” given or reserved to the people by the U. S. Constitution (Legal-dictionary.com). Health care as a right would require a government controlled and regulated, nationalized system. A nationalized health care system, however, does not guarantee improvements to, or equality of, care, preventative care or a reduction in wait times.
The issues plaguing the United States's current health care system over that last few decades are affordability, transparency/efficiency and personal responsibility, which all contribute to skyrocketing costs. The constitutionality of the right to healthcare is not the answer to eliminating the affordability problem apparent today, the inefficiency/transparency of the current system gaps in coverage or sustainability. Personal responsibility is the solution and constitutionality of the United States health care system as right, is a distraction from fixing the problem.
Nationalized Health Care is Not the Answer
In 2010, the liberal controlled United States Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under the guise of insuring 47 million Americans lacking health insurance. Overall, the goal was coverage for all Americans as a human right under the Constitution. The business or governmental goal was to reduce costs associated with health care coverage, thus eliminating the affordability issue for low-income individuals (whitehouse.gov). Prior to the Affordable Care Act, the United States health care system was structurally on par with other modern countries but the costs associated with that system were...