Alien’s Perspective: Inevitability of universal healthcare

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I had to travel to India a few weeks ago at the expense of my grades- may they rest in peace. I stood outside the airport waiting for my family while they battled the New Delhi traffic jams. I took to people watching and trying to make sense of all the harmonic chaos.

It wasn’t long before I was picked up. Not much seemed to have changed in the two years I have spent away from home. Thanks to the familiarity, I was experiencing a nostalgic high. The normal chatter ensued. “Is it true they drive on the ‘other side’ of the road,” and other popular questions made their appearances.

As we trudged along slowly in the middle of the massive traffic jam, we noticed some commotion in the oncoming lane.

A man, probably in his early twenties, stood crying loudly while holding the hand of his friend who lay face down on the road, bleeding quickly. Gods’ names were called, curses thrown, and political talk ensued.

Though I had travelled halfway around the globe, the topic of Obamacare and universal healthcare caught up with me.

As of now, Obamacare looks like an epic embarrassment. But the truth of the matter is this: It is inevitable — not Obamacare as it is, but universal healthcare. The issues second and third world countries battle are different than the battles fought here. The closer the U.S. pushes itself to an ideal, the closer it gets to a point where universal healthcare is only expected to be in place.

If you’ve ever been in an argument about how having a universal healthcare system is unreasonable, you’ve encountered the National Healthcare System in the U.K. being used as an argument for universal healthcare as a feasible possibility.

Now I understand that the dynamics at play in the U.K. and the U.S. aren’t exactly comparable.

But irrespective of how much you might hate the argument, the fact that certain countries are able to provide universal healthcare is proof of its possibility.

The U.S. has programs that may be interpreted as unachievable by certain countries. For example, look at the welfare programs or the public school system, despite how much I ridicule it.

At some point in time, the idea of the current public school system would have seemed laughable. And yet, it is a reality.

I am not defending Obamacare. I haven’t even read it, to be honest. But my jaw dropped when I heard people passionately argue against the very concept of a universal healthcare system.

Maybe the U.S. economy is not ready for it today. But as it progresses, healthcare is something it must address and achieve.

There are probably going to be citizens who will never need to see the inside of a hospital. But, their finances may fail them, and their health might too. Would you rather bleed to death in a New-Delhi-midnight-traffic-jam or work on making universal healthcare a feasible reality?