Trump’s Trope’s to Hillary’s Health: What About Yours?
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The media may find the antics of Mr. Donald J. Trump to be some of their favorite headlines, but what about the health of an average college student? We see the country pointing fingers at Ms. Clinton over her pneumonia and sudden fainting spell, but the real questions are being ignored. Outside of the war on terror, hypothetical walls being built, and racism being celebrated, healthcare is taking a backseat in political speeches.
President Barack Obama created a healthcare system, which is recognized by The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. ObamaCare with the intention of saving families and college students like you the worry of not being covered with heath insurance by a parent or guardian. Healthcare has always been an issue and has been proven to be one of the most expensive necessities of the average American. (obamacare cartoon picture here) Other countries pay extra tax in order to access healthcare for free and here in America we have some Americans that struggle to continue their healthcare plans.
On the other hand, their are others in the country that do not view healthcare as an issue so it holds no priority among certain parties. Within Democratic, Libertarian and Independent parties, voters want all issues to be given equal airtime in terms of importance. Unfortunately this is not the case. In a recent July article from Medium, Bernie Sanders addressed the Democrats planning to vote Libertarian in November, leaving Medium to title their article, “ Don’t Be Fooled: Why Bernie Sanders Supporters Should Stay Clear of Gary Johnson.” In truth, this is entirely votes and politics; Sanders wants his supporters to know that a libertarian vote only strengthens the Republican party, leaving issues like healthcare to be marginalized.
The American Healthcare System, as spoken by politicians, doctors, lawyers and insurance companies is failing. Dr. Joseph Mercola visited Harper College and spoke about America’s failing healthcare system. Dr. Mercola reports on his website, “ The US spends more on healthcare than the next 10 biggest spenders combined…yet the US ranks last in health and mortality when compared with 17 other developed nations.” This leaves the average American to ask what exactly is done with this money spent on healthcare. Dr. Mercola explains, “Sadly, 30 cents of every dollar spent on medical care in America is wasted, which amounts to $750 billion annually. That is the same amount the Department of Defense estimates we spent on the ENTIRE Iraq War!”
It’s no surprise that our country suffers from wasted funds and inflated prices, but the $750 billion wasted begins to raise questions on other ways the same funds could be used. This is exactly why college students already suffering from debt and student loans should begin to focus on pushing the issue of health care back into present political conversation. Republicans argue healthcare makes the poor rely on the government, but it doesn’t make the country weaker to provide affordable healthcare.
Urban.org reports that “Uninsured people receive less medical care and less timely care, they have worse health outcomes, and lack of insurance is a fiscal burden for them and their families. Moreover, the benefits of expanding coverage outweigh the costs for added services.” Supplying the fact that affordable health care is needed to ensure better health outcomes for the uninsured.
If your or someone you know is uninsured, please contact the NYIT counseling and wellness center. They are dedicated to “a holistic approach to helping you stay healthy,” which is what every college student needs. These programs benefit all not just some and are committed to making your life a healthier one you’re proud to live. Other information is available to help with affordable healthcare options. Listed below are the numbers for healthcare services and centers. Let’s get this talked about and let’s get more people secure coverage.
NYIT Counseling and Wellness Center
Student Activities Center
Healthcare Information Services:
Riland Academic Health Care Center
MONDAY – FRIDAY FROM 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M