WHATS’ UPDATE ABOUT AMERICA’S HEALTHCARE?
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
What’s up with Uncle Sam’s healthcare policy at this juncture? I already touched on the subject in a previous article a couple of years ago. At that time I already observed the systematic exclusion of poor folks in America from healthcare, which is reminiscent of ultra-Right political contexts in the 19th and 20th centuries yet.
60 Millions of Americans don’t have access to healthcare. Maybe the figure doesn’t include the undocumented migrants who number by the millions too. In Hitler’s Germany, the weaklings health-wise were simply gunned down, as we can only surmise about how many hundreds of thousands were terminated in pursuit of the exclusionary policy.
I just had an internet chat with a former student of mine (UP Manila) who is currently taking up her health administration doctorate in the USA. She gave me a harrow report of neo-Nazi rise there as unemployment is now up at 9.7% and is still moving up. She also lamented about the old spoils of entitlements to healthcare that just don’t fit the emerging context. Likewise did she update me about the economic downspin that is now taking place that could lead to the next Great Depression.
Truly tragic has been the result of how many decades of predatory finance wreaking havoc on America via a Virtual Economy frame that was fueled by oligarchic maneuverings using the Reaganomics policy architecture. Getting back the Physical Economy frame, which supports a healthy healthcare policy environment, seems wishful thinking now, as degenerative forces are at work to collapse back both the USA and Europe into miserable 3rd World economies in the foreseeable future.
Below is an update report about healthcare debates in America.
[Philippines, 27 October 2011]
US Democratic House Member Slams Proposed Aid Cuts for Family Planning, Reproductive Health
The significant budget cuts for global family planning and reproductive health programs being proposed by Republican legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives will mean more unintended pregnancies, more maternal deaths, more children who lose their mothers during childbirth and more abortions, a Democratic House member said.
Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.) argues U.S. foreign assistance for international family planning and reproductive health services provide benefits that are “tangible, cost-effective, life-saving, and critical for both the U.S. and aid recipients.” This is the reason she increased funding for international family planning and reproductive health when she was chair of the Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, she says. In fiscal 2010, $648 million was allocated for such programs.
For 2011, however, the Republican majority in the House originally proposed to reduce overall funding for international family planning to $440 million and ban U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund — the largest multilateral family planning and reproductive health provider in the world.
While the ban on U.S. funding for UNFPA was eventually taken off the proposal, and reductions to overall funding for international family planning was set to just 5 percent, significant cuts are being proposed anew for 2012. This includes a 25-percent cut to family planning and reproductive health programs and limitations such as the Global Gag Rule and ban on UNFPA funding.
“With the global population expected to surpass seven billion,” Lowey says, “We can only expect that the number of women with unmet need for family planning services, now an estimated 215 million women globally, will only increase. And unfortunately, so will the health disparities and instability that can result from allowing those needs to go unmet if Congress and the administration do not make this program a priority.”
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