Most other developed nations have some form of socialized government sponsored healthcare system in place. Why don’t we? On the surface this idea seems to have merit especially when it is presented in contrast to our current private system and all of its apparent flaws. The two main flaws argued by many and aimed at the private sector include the high number of uninsured Americans in our country and the growing out-of-control healthcare costs.

There are many other important issues, but these are the largest ones that scream at us through the media politicians and special focus organizations. We are being presented with facts, representations, statements, and statistics that astound, worry, and highly concern each one of us. Regardless of political affiliations, religious faith and demographic group, we are all vested and focused on a healthy America. As a result, the constant media bombardment of statements and statistics which attack our consciousness and deep beliefs to always work always hard to better ourselves, is gaining our strong attention.

The focus is to sway mainstream America into one direction or another. Our problem as mainstream America is that we do not ask and question enough about these statements, representations and statistics being thrown at us. If we did just that and really thought enough about the issues, we would probably gain a deeper insight as to the real problems and real possible solutions.

As an example, the number of uninsured Americans is really an estimate by one group, and differs from other group’s numbers. Also, it is important to understand the definition of “uninsured” as to this particular group’s findings. It is not a static group, but rather a fluid number that takes into accounts people that have been uninsured for a certain time throughout a one year period. Did you know that a large portion of these individuals attain insurance within a short period of time? There is nevertheless, a large number of uninsured no matter how one looks at the date. Yet, there are many other variables to consider. We need to listen and think and not just listen and follow.

This group of uninsured Americans includes those that can afford and qualify, but choose not to be insured. It also includes those that are eligible to receive state or federal benefits, yet they do not apply.

Except for the air we breathe, everything in life has a cost, and that certainly includes the cost of maintaining and securing our health. This cost is real without exception. Everything in life also has economic limitations. Even the air that we breathe has a limited supply. Healthcare is not without limits.

Therefore our government cannot provide everyone with the same amount of healthcare and health insurance that we as individuals and/or groups would demand. Individually and/or groups have different expectations and wants from their healthcare. As long as these wants and expectations are paid by those that wanted, the system is fair and makes sense. The system should also allow for assistance for those that cannot afford basic health services and catastrophic coverage with limitations. In the same manner that if someone wants a sirloin steak, they must pay for it, but if someone cannot afford to feed themselves our society should contribute to assist with basic food and nutrients.

Understanding the above helps us find common ground to the fact that healthcare is and should be important to us; common ground to the fact that there are different needs and wants, especially when it comes to healthcare. Healthcare costs should be expected to grow simply because new developed technologies arise, new discoveries are made, and we want to better our health! There is no shame in this.

Overall, the statistics point to our country as being ahead in treating illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. With all of our perceived flaws, our healthcare system is much better than others in comparison to results.

Yet, although this is true, it is evident that our system needs some mending. We need better regulations that fix inefficiencies and allow for more competition. This, over the long run will keep prices fair and competitive. This will keep the drive for discovery and innovation alive.

As Americans throughout our history, we have prevailed in our individual and/or group ability to proceed forward against enormous obstacles and succeed in order to attain our goals, wants, and objective. Whether in science, patriotism, business, sports, technology, etc., our ability to accomplish anything we set our minds to has allowed us to grow, adapt, and flourish like no other country.

Our healthcare system is believe it or not, very good. Just ask Germany, England, Canada, and Cuba. Just ask the tough questions and look for the easy answers. They are there. We have much to be proud of and plenty of hard work ahead. The answer is not a government run system that would be a monopoly without any restrictions. This would eliminate what makes us great: competition and hard work.

Author's Bio: 

The son of Cuban immigrants, Rene Luis was born in Puerto Rico in 1965. The oldest of seven children, he moved to Miami, Florida along with his family in 1974.

From an early age, Rene’s intellectual curiosity was apparent. As a child, Rene was always looking for answers to difficult questions. At the age of six, his father gave him a magnet set that he spent countless hours with, creating magnet-powered toy cars. Although life took him in a different direction, his desire as a child was always to be a scientist.

Early in college, Rene began creating small businesses out of his ideas, one of which was a manufacturing company for products that he himself invented, designed, and marketed. One such product was a shoe gadget that he marketed to children and athletes. An accounting major in college, the business was so successful that he considered leaving school and concentrating full-time on the company. After much thought, he decided to continue his education, rationalizing that his inventions would way until he finished college with a Bachelors in Accounting.

With a father and grandfather that both studied economics and accounting, Rene redevoted himself to his studies, and took great pride in his work. Although he decided to focus on his university career, the entrepreneurial bug apparent since childhood would serve him well later in life.

Once out of college, Rene went to work with a small accounting firm that specialized in forensic accounting. Formed by the previous partners of some of the biggest accounting firms in the country, Rene had the opportunity to work and learn from seasoned veterans, an experience he found at once challenging and rewarding.

After 4 years, Rene left to pursue new challenges at a larger accounting firm. It was there that he began to consult in healthcare and became immersed in researching the industry and gaining the knowledge that would later serve him at VitalOneHealth.