Thursday, July 13, 2017

On Healthcare and Poverty: The Ill-informed and Heartless U.S.A. | radical eyes for equity

On Healthcare and Poverty: The Ill-informed and Heartless U.S.A. | radical eyes for equity:

On Healthcare and Poverty: The Ill-informed and Heartless U.S.A.


The healthcare debate spurred by the election of Trump has overlapped with my own adventures with the healthcare system due to my accident at the end of 2016 and my parents’ serious and fatal health events throughout the summer of 2017.
As a result, I have witnessed vividly how ill-informed most people are—from the general public to healthcare providers of all types—along with how that overlaps with massive and heartless misconceptions about poverty in the U.S.
While the U.S. has a long and disgusting history of racism and demonizing people in poverty, the current failure to provide social safety nets for the struggling has roots in Ronald Reagan’s politics of hatred anchored by the false but effective “welfare queen” narrative.
However, even more significant, the erosion of social programs became standard policy under Bill Clinton’s tone-deaf and self-serving “get tough on welfare” policies in the 1990s.
A robust welfare system and universal healthcare driven by a single-payer system are not only morally imperative in the U.S., but also fiscally essential to provide the stability that would enhance the market and everyone’s ability to prosper.
Answering honestly key questions about the intersection of poverty and On Healthcare and Poverty: The Ill-informed and Heartless U.S.A. | radical eyes for equity:

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