The essay, “Gouging the Poor” by Barbara Ehreneich ridicules the current health care system and speaks for the unfortunate without health insurance. She adopts a sarcastic tone to appeal to the audience about the unethical way the hospitals are treating the patients. Ehrenreich’s first-hand experience of no longer having health-insurance and her use of evidence make her argument about the health-care system compelling. Throughout her piece, Ehrenreich uses many sources that establish her credibility and appeal to ethos, as well as build her argument. These sources include “The Wall Street Journal” (Ehrenreich par. 2), “Tawana Marks, a registrar at [a] hospital” (par. 4), “Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel” (par. 5), “Los Angeles Times” (par. 5), …show more content…
She points out facts about her own insurance where she has “a condition- say high blood pressure or diabetes- serious enough to be entered into your medical record.” (par. 7) where she lost her job and her health insurance. She tried to get new insurance “but no one want[ed] [her] because [she] now [has] a ‘pre-existing condition,’” (par. 7). She now has to “enter the hospital as a ‘self-pay’ patient, [and] incur bills four times higher than an insured patient would,” (par. 7). This supports the idea that the health care system is commercialized and just out for financial gain, making insurance so hard to get, making uninsured people pay more. Ehrenreich continues with many facts: “Martin Bushman… had run up a $579 debt to Carle Hospital in Champaign-Urbana. When he failed to appear for a court hearing on his debt… he was arrested and hit with $2,500 bail.” (par. 2), “one local hospital charged an uninsured patient $29,000 for an appendectomy that would have cost an insured patient $6,783.” (par. 5), and “the uninsured account for only 2 percent of its patients, but 35 percent of its profits” (par. 5). The details and numbers build an appeal to logos and influence the reader that health care is a …show more content…
She uses humour right from the start with “[t]here’s been a lot of whining about health care recently” (par. 1) and “[d]espite the growing misfit between health are costs and personal incomes, it is not yet illegal to be sick.” (par. 1). She induces a feeling of how satirical hospitals are handling things, as well as a slight underlying seriousness that being sick is a major problem. She adds phrases such as “given the hospitals’ predatory collection tactics, [you may] wind up in jail” (par. 7), “some bright young MBA… is no doubt coming to the conclusion that a great deal of money and valuable medical resources could be saved through the simple expedient of arresting people at the first sign of illness.” (par. 9) and “[s]hould a rash or sore throat arrive, I stand ready, at some deep psychic level, to serve my time.” (par. 10). All of these phrases give off a sarcastic feel about the health care system, which makes the reader feel that the way health care is handled is so unbelievable that it’s funny. Additionally, she compares serious criminals such as child molesters and ax murderers with people who are sick and uninsured. The different type of people are essentially incomparable. However, Ehrenreich is insinuating that if you are uninsured and sick, the jail is a better choice over hospitals. “Gouging the Poor” is a bitter criticism of the current health care system in the United States. With
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you can't always shop for health care.” One of those reasons is that “...health care's emotional component is not economically unique.” People may shop base on “an emotional basis”. Along with it, it is definitely unworkable for a person to get a healthcare plan if they are senseless, like McCardle has said “No, you can't shop for health care when you're unconscious, or when you're in acute or emergent situations.” Those argumentations led to a solution which both the federal plans and the free market.
Summary of “The American Healthcare Paradox” “The American Health Care Paradox” focuses on health care and how the United States is suffering compared to their peer countries. The United States has spent billions of dollars in health care and the problem is still growing. The government is responsible for not following or ignoring the issue that we suffered with, in today’s society the healthcare system is failing drastically. The health care system has been a problem for several decades now, even though it seems that things are getting better it’s not.
And the reason? To receive free health care in prison (Bennett-Smith, “Timothy Alsip, Oregon Homeless Man, Robs Bank For $1, Asks To Go To Jail To Access
In 2013, California physician Daniel J. Stone wrote an article for the Los Angeles Times titled “Our Big Appetite for Healthcare.” Stone wrote this article because he wants people informed about the growing addiction that people in Southern California have for healthcare. He outlines how the problem is bad for both doctors and patients. By publishing this article, the Los Angeles Times hopes to have people more knowledgeable about the reality of overusing healthcare. Stone uses two persuasive strategies to interest readers.
Millions of Americans are constantly reminded of the horrible effects of the Affordable Care Act anytime medical care is required. I have witnessed many families and individuals struggle to cover the extra financial responsibility imposed upon them: Susan Gardiner, a fellow Kroger employee, states her health insurance costs have significantly increased following the approval of the Affordable Care Act; consequently, Ms. Gardiner routinely experiences financial hardships as she requires frequent medical care. Americans simply cannot cope with the Affordable Care Act’s inherent attribute of exorbitant insurance premiums and deductibles. In an attempt to decrease medical costs for an impoverished minority of Americans, the Affordable Care Act,
People all around the world have no chance of surviving simple to treat diseases or sicknesses due to the fact that they can’t afford health insurance. In the book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” it says “...the last thing he remembered before falling unconscious under the anesthesia was a doctor saying his mother’s cells were one of the most important things that had ever happened to medicine. Sonny woke up more than $125,000 in debt because he didn’t have health insurance to cover the surgery (Lacks 306).” This quote shows how people that can’t afford health insurance because they are poor are expected to pay the money for the surgery. His own mother’s cells were the biggest breakthrough in medicine history but her son couldn’t afford health insurance.
One of the things i found a bit surprising and a little alarming is if a person is healthy and can 't exactly pay for insurance for affordability reason then they may not obtain health insurance all together, also if a person has a specific illness or disease they are practically forced to pay high prices for their medication and appointments and monthly premiums and in turn may not be able to provide food for their families because they have to decide to but medications and try to stay alive or buy food and try to survive. Both interviewees seemed frustrated disappointed with the inequality of the health care system and the rates associated with receiving care and health care insurance. Something i noticed between the two was that they both were extremely passionate on finding a way for the United States to receive some sort of universals health care system that was inexpensive but preferably free. When the topic of cost came about they seemed to give detailed experiences dealing with the health care system and how it wasn 't affordable to them and how there were times they couldn 't receive the needed care get the needed
In a New York Times article, “Too Poor to Make the News,” author Barbara Ehrenreich focuses on the impact the recession has caused to the lives of the working poor. She begins her article by describing how the newly group, known as Nouveau poor, have to give up valuables where as the working poor have to give up housing, food, and prescription medicines. Ehrenreich’s purpose is to inform her readers who are blessed enough not to suffer like the working poor. Barbara Ehrenreich’s article examines the impacts the recession has on the lives of the working poor, by demonstrating pathos, and makes readers aware of the sufferings the poor have to face. Barbara Ehrenreich examines the aspects that are impacting the working poor from the recession.
In the women’s room, Nancy falls down, but that doesn’t make her sad or disappoint. She was free laugh, she wouldn’t laugh if she was with someone, but she was alone, so she laughs and decides to write her own story. Her disability is not something makes to laugh about, but she does. Disability is a serious ailment, but Nancy doesn’t get depressed, because her personality and her illness is not related to each other. She realizes nobody can judge about her illness.
“in conflict theory, all social arrangements… have a political and economic bases and consequences” (p.10, Clarke) It is evident that health care is no stranger to this concept of class structures and the inequalities that are result from it. The government makes all the major decisions and implements the rules in regulations when it comes to health care. While individuals with low socio-economic statuses feel abandoned and suffer from the
46.8 million Americans were reported as uninsured in 2013, which equivocates to one sixth of the population. Those without insurance have revealed that they risk “more problems getting care, are diagnosed at later disease stages, and get less therapeutic care” (National Health Care Disparities Report) and those insured risk losing their insurance. Inadequately covered citizens are often working-class individuals who simply cannot receive insurance due to uncontrollable inconveniences and therefore jeopardize having medical coverage. In these instances, Americans have a chance of being diagnosed with diseases that they had no opportunity to prevent or could not diagnose them at an early stage of the illness. Patients have suffered unnecessarily due to lack of health care, and “18,000 Americans die every year because they don't have health insurance” (PNHP).
Sicko is an accusation of the United States’ health care structure, emphasizing insurance horror tales and profiling states/countries with complete health attention. Moore has used an emotional appeal in the documentary. (Marmor, 2007) The two issues Moore has discussed are the health system and political conditions. However, “Sicko,” struggles to convey the fact that the American scheme of private medical protection is a cataclysm, and also that a state-run scheme, like one that is present almost everywhere else in the developed world, would be the best.
Healthcare is something everyone needs and should be able to get, but right now that is not happening. In America there are millions of people who don’t have healthcare insurance. This is because some can’t afford the insurance plan. There are also millions more who have health insurance, but can’t afford using it. This means that they are paying for an insurance plan, but the deductibles are so high they can’t afford to go to the doctor.