Would you deny a bleeding toddler a tourniquet? Would you deny a 45-year-old mother with cancer a proven life-saving surgery? If the United States government does not provide health care for those who are going without it, these scenarios will continue to play out. It is not only a question of humanity, but it is also one of fiscal responsibility.
It costs American taxpayers more when our uninsured citizens continue to use emergency rooms for non-emergencies, because that is the only place where on-demand care is available for those who cannot present a valid insurance card. The taxpayers are groaning under the weight of these bills.
The money spent on unnecessary visits to the emergency room would be better-spent supplementing health care insurance premiums. Government funded insurance premium supplements will save taxpayers’ money in the long run as this will enable people to take advantage of preventative care. Rather than labor pains signaling the first visit to a medical facility, the mother-to-be would have had the pre-natal visits, the pre-natal vitamins, and the pre-natal advice that prevent health care issues and emergencies that have both a human and monetary price.
Though not perfect, many health maintenance organizations are proven to be successful business models, because they encourage prevention and early intervention. One of the most common severe birth defects in this country is spina bifida. Birth defects like spina bifida can be easily prevented with pre-natal vitamins that cost mere pennies. The middle-aged man in need of a kidney transplant may not even know that high blood pressure medicine could have prevented the kidney damage. Save lives and save money by supporting a national health care initiative.