Health Care a Right or a Privilege?

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Health care reform had to face many obstacles before it got passed. In this post, I will argue why I believe health care is extremely important for the American society and why government should have the responsability to take care of its citizens.

It is crucial to bear in  mind that without free health care less favored groups will not  have access. It is extremely difficult for someone with a low income to pay the high costs of medicines and hospital care. In America everything related to health is very expensive; I can recall from personal experience. A few years ago I was severely injured in a car accident, my bill surpassed the half million dollar mark. If I hadn’t been insured I’d still be paying now for the costs. As Jordi post mentions, 45,000 American people die each year because they are not insured. The government has the power to decrease that number and save thousands of lives. The health care system needed to have these changes to benefit society as a whole, instead of only the people who could afford it.
I believe health is a right, not a privileged. As a matter of fact the United Nations Bill of Rights in its third article says: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” How can we guarantee life if medical attention is only a privileged for those who can pay for it?
On the other hand, in a way the fact that health care is proportional to your income makes sense since those who have more should pay more and at the same time get the type of attention they prefer. However, since health is a right it should be the government’s responsibility; it should be free for all. People pay taxes, therefore, they deserve services, including health.

It will be a hard transition for the American people to change their current medical systems. Nevertheless, I think it is going towards the right direction. Free health care is a right we should all fight for.

Whole Foods Health Incentives

I wrote a couple weeks ago about John Mackey, CEO of Whole Food Markets, instituting extra store discounts to healthier employees.  In an attempt to connect others with this topic, I investigated the related posts in WordPress.  I commented on this post, as well as on this post from our own BlOrg Theory.

Most related posts seem to give similar overviews of the incentive program.  Through my related readings, I have come to see past most criticisms of the program, as WFM has also been spending thousands of dollars to send obese and diabetic employees to special doctors for treatments and consultations. Other organizations encourage good health in more discriminatory ways.

Whole Foods Eyes Discounts for Healthy Staff

A post in Freakonomics spurs conversation over the recent discount plan Whole Foods plans to offer its healthier employees.  John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, has not been shy in expressing his own “health” based reforms to lower the cost of health care in the United States.  In August, he posted an op-ed entitled The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare that advocated moving towards individual empowerment and away from government control over health care.

Mackey then goes on to blame American citizens for our health care problems.  Self-inflicted poor health leads to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.  These diseases account for close to 70% of all health care spending.  Eating healthier will of course help counteract the high occurrences of these diseases, lower health care costs, and also promote shopping at Whole Foods.  Whole Foods is the largest organic and natural market in the U.S. and thus the health food headquarters for many Americans.  Continue reading