Health care is a right
Tricia Moore’s letter in the Democrat-Gazette regarding cancer care made me think about the differences between health care and health insurance because most Americans equate the two terms as one.
An online medical dictionary states that health care is services rendered by a health professional for the patient’s benefit, while health insurance is “a type of coverage that covers the cost of an insured individual’s medical expenses” (Medical News Today). This difference needs to be emphasized when we talk about the “health care” debate because most Americans would agree that people should be treated for their illness, but they disagree on who and how it should be paid.
Our health-care payment system is dependent on insurance because that’s the only way people can afford to pay for most services. Because this is insurance and not a health savings account, the overall cost to the individual depends on the number of people who are in the insurance exchange. The fact that the Affordable Care Act makes it mandatory for everyone to buy insurance so the cost to the individuals who need the insurance is lowered rubs many people the wrong way, especially those who do not want or need health care.
However, Americans need to accept that health care is a fundamental right because we are all going to need medical attention at one point. Therefore, my recommendation to Congress is to take part of our sales tax to pay for health care.