Photo by jesse orrico on Unsplash

Photo by jesse orrico on Unsplash

Healthcare as a human right

Our forefathers left us with the concept of basic human rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A federal government cannot in good faith deprive any citizen of basic healthcare to maintain and protect those rights. We must make a public consensus on how the government can work to protect that right for all Americans.

We cannot look at legislation as a one-and-done solution for all problems. Politicians paint with a broad brush when working to solve social problems and should always be working to ensure we fix our mistakes. If the Affordable Care, or the failure of states to adopt the Medicaid expansion to compliment the legislation, left a coverage gap for Americans in need of coverage, and failed to regulate insurance companies’ participation and pricing of medical plans, we should take steps to resolve the issues until a longer-term single-payer or otherwise solution can be implemented.

Leaving millions of Americans uninsured or abandoning them to be preyed upon by unregulated predatory insurance corporations will never be an option, nor perceived to be a solution.