I think the last time I had a physical was probably right before I started college. Given that I’m now in my mid to late thirties, that was nearly twenty years ago. Except for some chronic knee issues that probably could have been completely fixed with access to proper healthcare and the appropriate amount of rest (neither of which were available at the time given my financial/job situation), I’ve been lucky to not have any major health issues. However, I’m getting to the age where health issues will be inevitable.
Healthcare coverage over the course of my adult life has been spotty, but it certainly hasn’t been because I wasn’t working, producing and paying taxes over that period. No, it’s because, for being the supposed “greatest nation on planet earth”, we have an incredibly dysfunctional healthcare system in the United States.
It’s become an increasingly absurd proposition that a person’s access to healthcare is so dependent on their employment status given the increasingly turbulent and unstable nature of the global economy. Many states have ironically named “right to work” laws which allow companies to fire employees for any or no reason at all and companies are constantly getting swallowed up by bigger fish in the global marketplace making the average workers job security tenuous at best.
Two of the three companies I’ve worked for in the past decade were bought out during my relatively brief tenure, and the third one went through a complete rebranding which I suspect was likely the result of the addition of a silent partner. Job-hopping, such as mine, is not uncommon in our current economy, so far too many of our people are subject to spotty coverage or no coverage at all. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with an employer was 4.2. However, according to this Independent article, for millennials the typical tenure is closer to two years. This article attempts to frame it as though millennials only staying for two years is of their choosing, but there are many factors outside of an individual’s control which limit their tenure in the current economy.
Even if someone does happen to stay at the same company for a long period of time, and that company happens to offer health benefits, chances are the company has been gradually reducing the value and quality of those benefits over time. We regular folks are constantly being squeezed harder to increase the profit margins of our employers, insurance companies and healthcare providers, ever paying more for less.
Perhaps this marriage of healthcare and employment made sense pre-globalization, when people stayed at their jobs for much longer periods of time, and companies weren’t being swallowed up by multi-nationals at the rate they are now. But one way or another, we have to find a way to stabilize our people’s access to healthcare. Perhaps a place to start would be to divorce access to healthcare from employers, or perhaps we could find a way to stabilize employment, or perhaps both.
One might be thinking that socialized medicine is the answer to the aforementioned concerns, but I’m not sold on the idea. Not because I’m a “free market” cultist, but because I’m highly wary of giving more power to our already largely unwieldable, unaccountable, occupied bureaucracy of a federal government.
With our current demographics to White taxpayer ratio, wide-open southern border and powder keg political climate, perhaps we should consider other ways of collectivizing our healthcare needs so that we don’t end up gifting first world healthcare to large swaths of the third world. Because honestly, they don’t deserve it. That may sound harsh to some, but we’re living in an increasingly harsh and unforgiving society, and I’m going to bat for my people and only my people at this point.
I believe a people only deserve the quality of life they are collectively able to create. At present, White Americans are working ever-harder to subsidize a higher quality of life for Blacks, Hispanics and other non-whites… and it’s killing us. While non-whites are enjoying a plethora of comforts they didn’t earn and therefore do not deserve, life expectancy for White Americans is decreasing, largely due to “deaths of despair” such as drug overdoses and suicides. Rural areas are especially hard hit. Those are my people and I can see the toll it’s taking on them with my own eyes.
My Dad always told me, “the White working man is supporting the parasites at the top and the bottom”, and he was right.
I don’t have the exact solutions for this problem at present and highly doubt there is a viable solution in the current paradigm. What I do know for certain is that it is time to close ranks, prioritize and take care of our own. The fact that so many good White Americans go without adequate healthcare while our productivity subsidizes healthcare and other privileges for out-groups who hate us is not only unacceptable, it is unforgivable.