When politics get involved in election campaigns, it is easy to just think generally about the issues yet not relate to them viscerally. This is a recent photo of my son, who just received a vital medical support, a TLSO brace to support his spine and neck needed to reduce pain. Without this brace, medications so little to relieve his chronic pain. Yet, just think that this kind of device may not be available in the future in the US if some politicians focus only on cost-savings and berate the expenses required to keep citizens alive and functioning! My son has a pre-existing condition that will result in his death were it not for the best of medical care and remediation. What is quality of life when compared to "expense" and the negative, pejorative term of "entitlement" as politicians decry as costing "too much" for Americans?
Besides this brace, we incur expense for the accessories that are needed, yet not supplied. As Mom, I need to supply special undershirts so this brace will not cause additional pain from rubbing on his skin. Since he must wear this on waking hours, he also needs to have overshirts/sweatshirts to cover his arms when it is colder in the home. Guess what? The special undershirts are priced as $45 each for the best ones. By searching online I was able to get "ok but not great undershirts" and "ok but not great sweatshirts that open by zipper for ease of use. This brace is priced at $5,000 because it is made from a custom mold needed because my son's adult body is incredibly skinny and he can't use "off the shelf" braces. Why do we need this brace? Well, consider that without is, his spinal cord injury would require a life-threatening surgery costing the American taxpayers about $100,000. Now do you see that preventive, wellness and remediative medical expense is both cost-effective and vital?
In the US, so very often all expenses of citizens are weighed as "cost". Yet, this medical need is actually a need and investment. But then, many people only care about what affects them directly. So his needs that we as society affirm, well those needs are only looked at as costs and for Conservatives in the US, wasted money for people who should "pay their own way". What do you see and understand when you are voting on issues that affect quality of life and personal needs? Is America actually a country that truly cares for citizens?