With the Republican controlled House of Representatives just passing the first version of their replacement of Obamacare, aka Trumpcare, I started to think about health care in general. When I was growing up, health care wasn’t something that I really thought about. If I got hurt or broke a bone, I would go to the doctor’s office and get a treatment. Now that I’m almost 27, health care is something that is on my mind a lot more because I’m going to have my wife and children to take care of. I want to make sure that my family is healthy, and that we can receive the best health care possible.
The Health Care Problem
The problem that I’m beginning to realize is that health care is a for-profit business. Now this may sound crazy or like a conspiracy theory, but the world is run by money. Health care companies, such as insurance, make their money off of people who pay a monthly premium so that the insurance company can take care of some of the costs. For example, two months ago I had a kidney stone and went to the E.R. because I thought I was dying (worst pain of my life). My insurance covered $500 of the bill, but I still owe $1300. I pay a monthly fee so that my insurance can cover my medical expenses if I get sick or injured.
However, the problem with the model is that insurance companies are in the business of making money. They don’t care about people getting sick or getting better, they care about their bottom line at the end of the quarter. So, people who get sick every once in a while are okay because the insurance companies don’t have to pay a lot. However, people who are sick a lot or have a chronic illness are a detriment to insurance companies. Insurance companies don’t want to pay for a cancer patients treatments because the treatments cost a ton of money. The chronically ill need the health care to treat their illnesses, but health care companies lose money because of this.
Health insurance works for people who rarely get sick, but screws over people who are chronically sick or who have a life long disease or condition. That doesn’t seem moral to me. Those who are the most sick should be receiving the best care possible because they need it in order to survive. They shouldn’t have to go into thousands of dollars of debt because they were diagnosed with cancer or another disease.
Republicans don’t give a crap about anyone other than themselves. It is legitimately frightening to think that millions of people are going to lose their access to health care because they hate that the brown man actually accomplished something. The thought of the government having any say in health care scares the crap out of the GOP because the thought of raising taxes to make sure people get medical treatment isn’t the GOP way. Every man is for themselves.
What ever happened to helping each other? I don’t care if I have to pay a little more in taxes so that someone else can afford medical treatment. My taxes would be actually going to something that needs improvement, instead of the damn military.
Why Are So Many Sick?
A bigger issue arises when you take a look at food consumption in the United States. It is cheaper to go to a fast food restaurant than it is to get healthy groceries. Because of this, people make bad food decisions, which leads to health problems such as diabetes and obesity. There’s an argument that these people should have made better decisions, but when you are living paycheck to paycheck (like a lot of people are), it’s a better financial decision to get cheap food.
The United States also doesn’t label the daily recommended sugar percentage on food labels. When you look at how many carbs are in a bowl of cereal, you can see that it may be like 10% of your daily value of carbs (I have no clue what it really is). But when you look at sugar, it just says 9 grams. There’s no percentage. I don’t know why this is, but if there was a percentage with sugar, it would be a huge number. I think that this could help consumers make more informed decisions about what they eat.
Diabetes and obesity are major issues in the western world. Life expectancy rates have actually dropped in the United States instead of continuing the upward trend. Food is just one of the reasons why people are getting sick, but there are many more.
How To Lower Health Care Costs at Home
Look, I’m not an expert on anything, but there are a few ways to become a healthier person so that you don’t have to go into the doctor’s office and pay an arm and leg to get some prescription medication.
- Be sure to check your food labels and be aware of what you eat.
- Start exercising more and improving your heart health.
- Do the simple things such as washing your hands and cleaning up after yourself so that bacteria and germs don’t spread.
- Get a good night of sleep.
You don’t have to become obsessed with germs to live a healthier life. Instead of hitting up Burger King, make your own burgers at home. It’s a good start.
Of course if you do get sick, see your doctor. The above advice is preventative so that your body will become stronger and more resistant to diseases.
The more you can take care of yourself, the less visits you’ll have to your doctor which will lower the amount of money you spend. There will always be emergencies that need medical attention, but you can start changing your life by becoming a healthier individual.