John Locke coined life, liberty, and property as the unalienable rights of the people. But in our day and age, do we truly have the right to “life,” and does our country intend to keep it this way? The universal health care debate has long been an issue that is still debated to this day. Healthcare has impacted the lives of many people throughout the United States, and various students in our school.
On one side of the healthcare debate, students believe that healthcare should be free. They take examples from other parts of the world into account when deciding this.
“If it’s free in Canada, then it should be free in the U.S.” junior Alex Jones said.
As well as foreign institutions of healthcare, there are other reasons some people believe healthcare should be universally accessible. They may take into account the financial situation of some people.
“I think it should be free because there are poor people who can’t afford healthcare,” Jones said.
On the other side of the coin, there exists the belief that healthcare shouldn’t be completely free, albeit for justifiable reasons. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t think it should be less expensive.
“I think healthcare is too expensive,” junior Jeremy Roberts said. “Let’s say we have a woman in her 30’s that has a disease but makes less than 30,000 a year… she doesn’t get the medication and care she needs. Then you have another woman in her 30’s that makes over 100,000 a year and has a better quality of life, maybe even a longer one. Your income shouldn’t matter. [Healthcare shouldn’t] be completely free because healthy people can pay for sick people, rising taxes, not the most specialized doctors and the government can limit services.”
Even those who believe healthcare shouldn’t be completely free may have their own qualms about our current system. A different system may be more optimal.
“The U.S. should have standardized healthcare for all,” Roberts said. “Not [only for] those who can afford it.”
Lots of students have personal experiences with our healthcare system. Although these experiences may not necessarily be bad, they can be tedious.
“My mom struggles with many health problems and her prescriptions can be really costly, but usually we can pay for them,” Roberts said. “[The cost] is really annoying though.”
The healthcare system has treated some students very well. They are able to carry on without a problem.
“My insurance pays for everything, my medicare covers it,” Jones said.
Students have various opinions on where our system will bring us. Some believe it is only setting us up for an inevitable failure.
“Our current healthcare system is set up to fail us,” Roberts said. “Like I said earlier, it’s only for those who can afford it!”
If you have problems with the current system, there are various things you can do to alleviate these issues. Some students believe that by taking the matter to the polls we could potentially solve the issues they’re having.
“[You can make a change] simply by voting,” Roberts said. “Voting officials in that [are] for the people for nonprofit.”
The healthcare situation is something that will most certainly affect everyone at our school, and if we have an issue with it, we can do what we can now to make sure that the next generation and us as we grow older won’t have trouble with it. The power to change is in your hands; that is, if that’s what you seek.