Words mean something. When we mislabel what we are describing, it results in confusion and erroneous conclusions about what we have to do to provide for our biosocial needs.
Under the Obama administration, it was “Islamic radicalism” and “undocumented aliens.” Our efforts to meet these socio-political crises were weak and ineffective.
Under Trump, it’s “Islamic terrorism” and “illegal aliens.”
Our efforts against the Islamic State have been much more decisive and we are rounding up the criminal illegal immigrants and deporting them. Words mean something.
Under Obama, it was the “health care crisis” and the Affordable Care Act. Under Trump, we are struggling to repeal and replace Obamacare.
However, there is a great deal of confusion both among the public and politicians about what to do and how to do when it comes to “health care.”
As in the above examples, how we talk about something and the words we use to describe it may lead to different perceptions and the way we go about meeting our biosocial needs.
Dr. Jane Orient, former president of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, points out (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Spring 2017, Vol. 22 #1), the notion, “We are all responsible for everyone else’s health care,” is a false premise.
“We are all responsible for our own heath care and for paying for the necessities of life, including medical care when appropriate. Comprehensive third-party payment is the least efficient way to do that.”
The real debate in not health care, which is everyone’s individual responsibility, but medical…
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