Healthcare and Personal Responsibility

Negotiating the Relationship Between Healthcare and Personal Responsibility in America  The laws of supply and demand present us with a painful truth when it comes to certain resources: there aren’t always enough to go around. When we treat healthcare as a commodity instead of an inalienable human right, we must subject it to the same principle. In countries where a combination of taxes and other public sources of revenue guarantee universal care for all residents, this problem is often less prevalent. However, the United States faces political obstacles that make the possibility of such a system remote at best, states…

Extending human lives and the costs

The Costs of Extending Life (and How to Deal with them Humanely)  Modern medicine and new technology offer numerous opportunities to extend the lives of many Americans. Recent developments have made it possible to allow even those with terminal illnesses to live longer than they would otherwise be able to without medical attention. However, two important questions often go unasked, simply because many people find them distasteful or offensive, explains Charles Laverty.  Those questions are as follows: what do we have to gain from sustaining the lives of patients with terminal diseases—and what do we stand to lose? If those…

Politicizing the Issue and Single Payer Solutions

Politicizing the Issue and Single Payer Solutions  It’s a sad fact that healthcare reform is something about which America struggles to have a productive national conversation. There used to be a time when the US healthcare system was something we argued over with the help of information and research. Back then, healthcare was a practical issue instead of a moral one. Today, the conversation seems completely dominated by grandiosity and claptrap. The days of hammering out policy have given way to playing politics for media attention and career survival. If we are going to salvage American healthcare, we must bring…

Fixing Healthcare Is Up To All Of Us

A Time of Amazing Science for Healthcare I have dedicated my life to bringing healthcare solutions to the American people. I have watched as we have made amazing discoveries.  We have prolonged and improved life and I have been happy to be a part of it. But, as a people, we have not adjusted our own attitudes and behaviors to those changes and this has caused us major problems. We are running out of time to address healthcare costs. It is quickly reaching a critical stage where it will endanger the entire economy and the health of everyone. It is time…