Moving Forward After SCOTUS Upholds Health Care Law

June 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

The health care act still stands thanks to the Supreme Court, though the conversation about universal care in the U.S. is far from over, so here are a couple of infographics about the state of women’s health in the U.S. and what health care reform is trying to address. Because health care issues = social issues = economic issues, and women’s issues = men’s issues; they’re all people’s issues.

From GOOD:A picture of women’s health.

And from Amnesty International:

U.S. Maternal Health Care Crisis

My junior year in college I took a course on the sociology of illness and medicine. One of the required texts for the course was T. R. Reid’s The Healing of America, which examines the health care systems of other countries and compares them to the U.S. system (this was published in 2010). Although Reid oversimplifies some issues, the takeaway message is that not only is it possible to provide quality health care to everyone, other countries are doing this in a way that costs less than our system. Health care in the U.S. is far from perfect, and although the SCOTUS ruling to uphold “Obamacare” gives me hope that can one day we will have accessible health care for all, there is still room for improvement. Learning and implementing what other countries do well are further steps toward that possibility.

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