Healthcare Is A Basic Human Right

Healthcare Is A Basic Human Right

Because a clean bill of health shouldn't cost so much.
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Healthcare is a basic human right.

That’s what everybody should believe in, right? Well, that’s not always the case. Universal health coverage is something that many societies today have, but it’s one thing that ours lacks. Is it something that we don’t like? Are we too greedy of a society to not want to give people the healthcare they deserve and instead focus on making money? These are questions that constantly pop up in discussions surrounding this topic. Healthcare should not just be something you receive only if you can afford it, it is something that all humans deserve. It is a basic human right. How would you feel if you were one of the 20 percent of Americans who didn’t have some sort of health insurance and had to pay full price for your medical costs? I’m sure many of these individuals don’t even bother to see a healthcare professional unless it’s free or an emergency, and this affects their health in ways that aren’t even imaginable. If somebody without health insurance were to have a non-communicable disease (diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorder, etc.) and couldn’t afford their medicine, just think of how quickly their health would decline compared to an individual who had proper access to healthcare. It makes a world of difference.

One problem with our lack of universal health coverage is that it seems like those involved in the private sector of healthcare are too concerned about making money. Making money and being financially secure surely isn’t a bad thing, but it makes medical costs today insanely expensive, and it makes it extremely difficult for somebody who doesn’t have health insurance to pay for a simple checkup. It’s hard enough for an individual, so just think of how much more difficult it would be for a family to pay for medical bills. It can also become difficult for those with health insurance to pay off bills, so I couldn’t even imagine what the costs would be for these people without it. If healthcare professionals would be willing to take a bit of a pay cut for the betterment of the health of all people, then we could make universal health coverage a reality, but how much of a reality will this ever be?

Another problem we face with approaching universal health coverage is that people don’t want their tax money to be used on other people’s healthcare. It’s as if they take it personally that they have to pay for another person’s medical bills. At the same time, so many people are complaining about how high the cost of healthcare is today. One way to fix it is with universal health coverage. Do you see the contradiction here? We can’t get what we’re striving for unless we’re willing to give up a little bit. To me, I think that this would be a good place for my tax dollars to be going.

Making money is a top priority over patient healthcare, we’re too personal about where our tax money is being used, and this is affecting our society in a bad way. Twenty percent of our nation is without health insurance, and this is hurting so many people. The solution to the problem is right in front of us, yet we choose to neglect it. Healthcare is a basic human right, and we shouldn’t make a clean bill of health cost so much.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Being Sick In College Is A Real Struggle

Being sick in college is definitely not as fun as having a sick day in middle school or high school.

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Something that I have had to deal with multiple times these past two semesters is being sick while in school. It can be a real pain especially depending on what type of sickness it is. I have had tonsillitis, mono, and I'm pretty sure I also had the flu.

Being at school and away from home can make being sick worse because there is nobody to take of you such as your parents. Another thing is having to make the decision to get the rest that your body needs in order to feel better or staying on top of your assignments to avoid falling behind. My parents will always tell me to get a good night's sleep so my body can feel better the next day. However, sometimes I will feel more stress if my work isn't getting done and I feel like I'm falling behind and leaving things to get done in the last minute.

Currently, I am sick now and the past few days haven't been easy, but I still attended all my classes so I wouldn't miss any material or assignments that were given. I usually end up feeling the worst at night when trying to fall asleep, and by that time the doctors are not present at the student health center. Even though my health is important I usually don't like taking too much time out of my day to go to the health center to see a doctor. Some days I don't really have much free time before the evening.

I don't believe I have been over-exerting myself, but I don't want to just stay in my bed all day and sleep, even though that may be what is best for me. Most professors will be understanding if I email them and provide them a doctor's note as well, but I also just got back from a conference where I had to miss two days of classes next week.

I have been trying to keep hydrated so that way my body can fight the sickness. Also, I have been told if you stay hydrated you can flush the virus out of your body quicker.

Eating can also be a pain when you have a sore throat, for the past couple of days I have tried to have some soup in order to help. Most meals I would have to force myself to eat something of substance in order to give my body some type of energy in order to get through the day. It's also never fun not being able to breathe out of your nostrils. If it wasn't my nose being stuffed, then it would be constantly runny so there was no winning that battle.

Looking back, I probably should have done a bit more work over spring break in order to get ahead in the case that something like this would happen. I wanted my break to be exactly that, a break. After not being home for a few months I just wanted some time off to relax.

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