This post was originally written as part of our "Who are the Democrats in St. Clair County?" project, and was read by Mark Lee.
My name is Mark Lee and I live in Port Huron. I believe providing healthcare for all Americans is fair, responsible, and promotes equality.
Too many Americans have no healthcare coverage. Too many Americans have inadequate healthcare coverage. Healthcare is a human right that every American deserves simply by being a citizen of this great nation.
One of the main responsibilities of a nation is to look after the well-being of its people. What better way to do this than to provide high-quality healthcare coverage for every American, regardless of age or physical condition.
Providing healthcare to every American also fulfills the promise of equality, as every single person would get the care they need when they need it, and not an empty promise of “opportunity” for healthcare they can’t afford or that doesn’t actually cover their needs.
It simply is not fair that an insurance company, using algorithms and formulas, gets to decide whether or not I or someone I know gets the life-saving medication or procedure we may desperately need. Their profits are not as important as the people they’re supposed to help. What is fair is every single American getting the care they need, when they need it, for however long they need it, and without going bankrupt in order to get it.
Healthcare is such a fundamental aspect of all of our lives that we must improve our current system, because providing healthcare for all Americans is fair, responsible, and promotes equality.