First things first, the Affordable Care Act is not a fix to our healthcare system. The ACA is more like a fresh coat of paint to cover the rotting wood. Overall, healthcare in the U.S. is still as unaffordable as ever.
The biggest contributing factor to this is the strange belief that nothing should be done without direct profit. A dying man who can’t afford to see a doctor is a “taker” who is drain on the system. Truthfully, it is the insurance companies that are the “takers” draining our system and ruining lives all for a quick buck.
Everyone only thinks about the poor and the destitute when it comes to the healthcare inequality, and even the poor in the U.S. have been taught to look down on the poor. But in reality, “middle-class” people become poor and destitute everyday in this country due to the expenses that unexpected health problems cause.
Having “insurance” to handle healthcare doesn’t even make sense. Insurance is for things that might cause major problems, but hopefully will never arise (e.g. fire or flood). Health problems aren’t unexpected, you know that you will have to visit a doctor in your life, and on more than one occasion.
When you tie someone’s health to their socio-economic status, you create more class division. Everyone deserves to benefit from our advances in medicine, not just the elite. Withholding life-saving, or even just life-improving, treatments based on who can most afford it is downright evil. There is absolutely no excuse.