Someone recently posted an article (2011) on Facebook which talks about how the Iraqi people have guaranteed health care. When the Iraqi Constitution was drafted back in 2005, the US was involved in writing the constitution. The post reports that the US has spent and/or authorized $864 Billion in military operations on Operation Enduring Freedom, which includes Iraq and Afghanistan. The overwhelming majority of those funds have been for the war in Iraq. Additional funding has been authorized for intelligence and special operations.
I did pull up the Iraqi Constitution, the article posted on Facebook the link in the article is not working. This is what their constitution states: Article 31: First: Every citizen has the right to health care. The state takes care of public health and provide the means of prevention and treatment by building different types of hospitals and medical institutions. Second: Individuals and institutions may build hospitals or clinics or places for treatment with the supervision of the state and this shall be regulated by law.
I hear over and over how our new health care system has cost individuals and businesses thousands of additional dollars of insurance premiums and huge out-of-pocket deductibles. Carl and I received the 1095-B Health Coverage form from the federal government showing we owe no taxes because we have health insurance. If you do not prove that you have health insurance you will be taxed. One would think if someone does not have health insurance, one of the reasons being, they probably cannot afford it. So we are now taxing them and adding an additional burden onto them. One positive outcome from the new health care system –insurance companies can no longer turn down patients with pre-existing conditions, that should have been the law decades ago.
I just think about the billions and billions of dollars we give away every year to various counties. We have vets living on our streets, vets who are not getting proper medical or mental health care, we have children going to school hungry, more Americans are living in poverty–over 46 million Americans— were officially in poverty in 2010 an increase from 12.5 percent in 2007. We have children and adults dying from drug overdoes and no drug treatment centers. We give enormous amounts of state and federal funds (our tax dollars) to big corporations who are already making billions and billions of dollars and it seems like everything that we buy is made outside of the US–for many of us this is very frustrating. I would rather pay more for a product that is made in the US than purchase an items for less from another country.