The Difficult Truth Of Socialized Medicine

The Difficult Truth Of Socialized Medicine

An idea that looks great on paper, but works terribly in real life.

There are a ton of political issues being debated throughout America, and the topic of socialized medicine is one of the most heated ones. Since the government is working towards coming up with a new health care plan, a lot of people have weighed in on their opinion, from celebrities to politicians to common, everyday people, a lot of people seem to have a say on why, without socialized medicine, "millions of people will die."

It's incredibly easy to be the person that supports the idea of everyone receiving medical help free of charge. But it's not so easy to put that idea into place. Socialized medicine shares a common trait with all socialist concepts in that, on paper it looks great, but in practice it is costly of both money and lives.

A prime example of this is the little boy in the United Kingdom who was deemed untreatable by the European court, and is being kept in a hospital to die "with dignity" despite his parent's wishes to bring him to America for an experimental treatment that could possibly save his life. Through GoFundMe, the parents have accumulated enough to money to fly the child to the U.S. and pay for treatments that have proven to help the little boy's condition in the past.

This treatment could extend this boy's life for years, giving the child some quality of life. And even if it failed, it would further medical advancement regarding this rare disease. Since he is 1 of 16 people in the world to have this disease, this is an excellent opportunity for doctors and scientists to learn about the disease and diseases similar to it. Just because something is rare doesn't mean it deserves to be dismissed.

Ultimately, the reason the European court deemed this child untreatable is because they do not believe the child is worth tax-payers' dollars to save. In the end, it will always come down to money and if there is enough of it. And this little boy was not worth the cost to the European government, even though he is worth the entire world to his parents.

Those who fight for a woman's right to choose the fate of her unborn child fall silent when it comes to a parent's right to choose on the fate of their born child. Those who cry for the hypothetical deaths due to no socialized medicine fall silent when the direct use of socialized medicine leads to a very real death. Most people want all the praise of agreeing with "good ideas" but none of the real-life consequences of those said ideas.

Socialized medicine doesn't just fail this little boy. Socialized medicine fails citizens daily. The wait for a general medicine appointment is weeks, maybe even months long in a country with nationwide healthcare. The treatment of patients and the development of advanced medicine is subpar and stunted because of the lack of competition on the market. Wealthy citizens will leave their country and travel to America to receive better medical treatment than they would in their country.

It's completely understandable why someone would support the idea of socialized medicine. Of course people deserve to be treated of illnesses, and no one deserves to die without a fair fight. But, in the end, nationalized healthcare is more about money and resources than saving citizen's lives. The concept of who is worthy of life or not spirals out of control fast. If people don't realize the difficult reality that socialized medicine doesn't truly work, one day they'll be the ones deemed "untreatable" without a second chance or thought.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Supporting Late-Term Abortion Is Actually The Opposite Of Feminism

Feminism is about gender equality and women supporting women- so shouldn't we support the unborn women of tomorrow?


Before you read this, if you are someone who feels strongly that abortions are the "right" choice and that supporting late-term abortions is a step for woman anywhere, I do not suggest you read this article. However, I do want to write that I support conditional abortions- situations where the birth can kill the mother or where conception occurred because of rape. If someone rapes you, that is not okay by any means, and a baby conceived of rape can be terminated by the mother to avoid PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and any other mental health diagnoses. Of course, if a woman can bring a baby into the world to keep or give up for adoption, even if it was the product of rape, she should seek life for the innocent child rather than death. And what a rape victim chooses to do is neither here nor there- and it damn well is not anyone else's business.

So why should it be my business (or anyone's) if women have late-term abortions? Agreeing to murder out of convenience should not be societally accepted as okay. When the law passed in New York for late-term abortions, I did not picture 39-week pregnant women rushing to Planned Parenthood to abort their child because they got cold feet. I highly doubt that is the exact scenario for which the law went into effect for, and that was more so intended for women who did not realize they were pregnant and missed the time period to get a legal abortion.

Not that I support early-term abortion, because all abortion is the same regardless of when it happens during the pregnancy. Killing someone sooner rather than later does not make it less worse.

Excuses about how women are not ready to be mothers, do not have the financial means, would ruin their futures, they would get kicked out, lose their bodies, etc. are just that- excuses. Carrying a child for nine months might be an inconvenience, but killing someone will be on your conscience forever. If murders pleaded their motives to police as a way to justify what they did (excluding self-defense), what difference is it if a woman kills her unborn child?

Planned Parenthood might be taboo and have a stigma attached to it, but it does so much more than kill babies. Planned Parenthood is a place where girls can go to see OB/GYNO, get birth control, and learn about safe sex, protection, STDs, etc. Instead of stigmatizing it, young women should be encouraged to go to this institution for woman and feminism. Let high school health classes plan field trips there so that everyone becomes more educated on female health (boys included!). Female health education is very limited, especially in school, and many women feel that an abortion is their only way out, however, it's not. By becoming more educated, the rate of teen pregnancies can go down, as well as the need for abortions. Women educating other women should be the goal of Planned Parenthood, and abortions should be reserved for those who got raped or whose pregnancy cause death, health complications, etc.

Abortion might be giving women a choice- but who is giving the unborn babies a choice?

And of course the only way to 100% prevent pregnancy is abstinence, and if that is your choice then good for you, and if you choose to have sexual intercourse, good for you too. Be safe. No slut shaming here. Women need to continue supporting other women, regardless of their sex life. Women who have abortions are not "whores" and should not be labeled as such- they are just people whose biology reacted to another person's biology.

If you truly do not want to have a baby, please please please give it up for adoption and do not kill it. It did nothing wrong, and yeah, it might be a little inconvenient to be pregnant, especially if you are in school, but there are hundreds of thousands of people that would love nothing more than to raise your baby. Be a woman supporting other woman and give the gift of motherhood.

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