Guy Dwyer Wrote: (Reposted from http://messenger3.cjcmp.org/healthcare.html -- 7.1.2012 revision)
Health Care In America:
Why It is So Unfair and Unaffordable,
And How Americans Can Fix It
In 1948 The United Nations adopted The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 25 states the following:
"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."
Many countries in Europe have come a long way in ensuring those human rights, but even though the United States was a key influence in writing and adopting that declaration in 1948, in the last 30 years the United States has been going backward in that regard.
In fact, the U.S. is one of the biggest failures in the world in securing those rights and ensuring that everyone can enjoy a standard of living adequate for their health and well being, in spite of the fact that it has the knowledge, the technology and the means to be one of the most successful. And not only is the U.S. a failure in terms of providing affordable universal health care (because it has the most costly for profit system of health care in the world), the care it does provide ranks relatively low in the world.
Why is that?
It's because of the same reason that America has such a huge income gap and income disparity between the wealthiest few and the working poor. It is a horribly unfair and inequitable situation in which the wealthiest of the wealthiest few are multi-millionaires and multi-billionaires while about 20 percent of Americans live in poverty, and many of them are among the 40 percent who work full time for a living and are expected to be content with wages and salaries that are insufficient for them to afford all the basic necessities of life in America.
(Continued at http://messenger3.cjcmp.org/healthcare.html)