Deb Fischer has a political ad stating she supports elimination of “Obamacare” and replace it with a “fair market system.” This fair market system is basically a system where the insurance companies are in the drivers-seat dictating your coverage while denying or capping some services. In this system outcome is not fair as long as everyone lacks the same opportunities with access to needed care.
Disease, severe sickness and disability are not compatible with a commitment from a fair market system that distributes resources inefficiently. Obamacare rightfully closes the gap of opportunity that provides adequate care allowing for personal confidence and reduces the fear of economic hardship.
There are objections of universal coverage on the grounds of cost, intrusion into freedom of choice and a demand for more individual responsibility, among other reasons. However, many of those raising these objections in fact already support another system that has many parallels to universal health insurance coverage: universal education.
It is the right of all Americans to obtain a basic education. One cannot simply “opt out” of being educated, because we consider it, as a matter of utility, too important to have an educated populace. Clearly a well educated society confers advantages in job competitiveness and earning potential.
It is now time to realize our social and moral obligation at making access to healthcare a Right as most western civilizations have done. It does not take much of an education to see that leaving 45-50 million Americans without adequate health insurance makes no sense.
Deb Fischer has it all wrong when she thinks a “fair market system” will resolve the hardship of the severely ill. Obviously her message is representing the insurance companies and not the voice of Nebraskans.
By John Hasenauer, North Platte