Sunday, October 23, 2011

Affordable Health Care for All people

MLK said it best when he said, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane"

 Access to heath care should be considered a human right for all people. It is sad that often times, we as a people, have to sacrifice our health care due to lack of medical insurance or paying other bills. The health disparity gap in this country is ridiculous to say the least. Still we have not figured out how to increase the health and well-being in some communities.

Health care is everybody's business. Think about it, how ignorant is an argument, which argues for health care for 'me' and not for 'us.' Example, I'm not affected by disease X, why should I care!" Infectious diseases as you know are infectious (no surprise there) and does not discriminate. Therefore, anyone who comes into contact with the flu virus or HIV or TB, whatever the disease, will have an increased chance of  contracting said infectious disease. In the movie, For Colored Girls by Tyler Perry, the Janet Jackson character refused to donate money to support HIV+ women. It was only when she tested positive for the disease that she thought it useful to donate.

We as a people need to support health care for all -- We need to support affordable, quality, and equal access to health care for everyone.

In my opinion, we as a people, as a country need to take more responsibility of our health. More and more of us are dying from and developing illnesses that are highly preventable, such as stroke and certain forms of heart disease. The health and well-being of a person not only affects the individual, but their families, friends, communities, and lastly their country. Our choices today affect later choices in the future; it's just a fact. I'm not perfect, but I live and make choices with my family in mind. Do you?