Day 12 of quarantine.
Day 142 of student voice
Student voice provided by Emyly and Raphael
Today I walked and walked and walked. I ended up walking 5 miles. I also walked to my friends house. Don’t worry I kept my distance from people. I also walked to my favorite “secret” lake. It was so nice to distract myself. But I’m checking my doc and Mr. Heintz’s comments made me think. I see so many problems in how so many people are handling this situation. Healthcare is one of them. Mr. Heintz shared a great thread that has so many examples of flaws in the United States healthcare system. Out of the 195 countries that exist only 43 DO NOT have free/universal healthcare, and guess what? The great land of the free is one of them.
Yes one of the “greatest” countries in the world the U.S doesn’t help its people when they usually need it most. This isn’t just a corona problem this is a problem that has always existed. In the year 2015 military spending was projected to account for 54% of all federal discretionary spending. For those who don’t know discretionary spending is a portion of the budget that the president requests and congress approves every year. It usually only represents about one third of the total federal budget. To elaborate on my example from 2015 healthcare only got 6% of the total 1.11 trillion dollars that year.
But the people that do have the money are the ones usually opposed to free healthcare. Why? Well because they care more about their pockets than the general well being. It’s infuriating and disappointing but that’s the country we live in. Hopefully changes are made soon. Maybe this outbreak can be an eye opener for many.