A unique ad in our local penny advertiser caught my attention, “Will do engine repair in exchange for roof repair.” A few lines below this was a notice of “Fresh produce grown from home. Will accept trade for clothing/quilts.” This is not unusual as we have always had a bartering community. But what was unusual was the volume of this sort of bartering. Also, our local paper has two entire pages dedicated to employment and “Now Hiring” signs are displayed frequently in the windows of shops and businesses. What can we gather from this if small communities across America are following the same trend? Perhaps we are finally seeing the people’s reactions to some disturbing issues in our country.
Taking into account, we have a structured health care system, we still find it difficult to access adequate care when we need it. Our prescription medication may be higher than we can afford and our insurance may only cover a small portion of our overall expenses. Some speculate our Medicare may not be available for our current generation even though they continue to pay into the system.
The future of health care is a major concern for our nation and many agree the system is broken. Some have resorted to going across the border into Mexico for affordable health care. This is not a new idea. When Aids emerged as a threat in the early 1980s, many obtained lifesaving medicines from Mexico that were not yet approved for use here in the United States. This was portrayed in the film, “Dallas Buyers Club”. But as we continue to petition our government for solutions what are our options?
Socialized health care has been presented as a viable option, but what if you are a health care provider and now must take on more patients for less income? Your cost of college and medical school was easily north of 6 figures and your yearly malpractice insurance already 1/3 of your total income for the year. Medical practitioners are dedicated to saving lives, but to end the year at a financial loss while doing so places them in a dilemma.
Recent and radical proposals hastily put into place does little to resolve the overall issues with health care. We all must now sign up for an untried and untested new system of health care that still places the burden upon the provider rather than the pharmaceutical companies and insurance agencies that report huge earnings yearly.
By placing the burden of health care on the patients, taxpayers and providers we risk an even larger problem in the near future. We are already seeing the beginnings of a backlash among our laborers who have simply opted out of the workforce. Patients who cannot afford the treatment they need in the United States are crossing into Mexico for affordable health care and medicines. And fewer students are going into the medical field each year, resulting in a pending shortage of healthcare providers.
As dismal as this sounds, the problem appears to be self correcting. It is inevitable that a breaking point will be reached in which the burdens of our overall economic and health care issues will come to rest with those who own it. We can be forced to pay taxes, but can we be forced to seek employment to continue buying into the broken system? Can we be held captive within the U.S. borders to prevent us from accessing affordable health care? Can students be required to go into the medical fields? The examples mentioned leads us to a more important question. Could this be the culmination of a quiet revolution in which the American people simply refuse to comply with the status quo?