The Willowbrook State School investigation has got to be one of the most disgraceful things I’ve ever seen. The fact that people were labeled as “mentally retarded” and involuntarily institutionalized is outrageous. These people were completely isolated from friends, family and their communities. They were prevented from the ability to learn and take part in their communities in any way. Pretty much deprived from their rights and liberties. What these individuals were born with is very unfortunate, but to limit their potential and ultimately limit their opportunities is foul. It is not fair to institutionalize someone because they are believed to be useless to this world. We are all human beings and have every right to live the life we want. To be told what you can and can’t do because of the way that you are is unjust. What I wish people would understand is that developmentally disabled people are not this other group of human beings. It shouldn’t be that we could do things and they can’t. There isn’t a line anywhere dividing people like that and this goes for any kind of person. Whether that be their ability, race, gender, etc. We are all human beings and there are all things that some of us are good and and some that we aren’t. To say that a certain group of people lacks the ability to contribute to society in any way possible is honestly nauseating. I just hope that everyone learns to accept one another for who they are and that people aren’t serrated, made invisible or devalued just because they are “different.”
It’s hard to believe that the semester is already coming to an end. It feels like just yesterday I was sitting through orientation with a bunch of people that I’ve never seen before. Now I realize just how much I’ve gained academically and personally, and also the many relationships that I have made.
I came into college nervous about meeting new people and making new friends, but HSSP put that fear to rest. The relationships I have gained and the community that I have is more than I could’ve asked for. I’ve been able to grow personally as I’ve opened up and have put myself out there. However, something that I believe still needs some improving and something that I have written to myself when the semester started is managing my time. The workload in college is exceedingly more than I expected it to be. It definitely took some time before I got accustomed to the workload, however, I still catch myself putting off work by getting distracted. I easily distract myself and need to work on breaking that habit as I move on.
As I move on to next semester I want to remind myself to keep an open mind and to take full advantage of the opportunities that are so often handed to me. I came into college with a plan thinking I knew what I wanted and there was only one path of getting there. As I’ve gone through the semester I’ve realized that this isn’t true at all.
The factors that have been the biggest challenges as the U.S. tries to improve our health care system is the fact that our health care system would be run by the government and that a large health system would result in higher taxes. We live in a country where the federal government is supposed to be weak compared to the state governments, preventing from a tyranny. When health care was brought up people became very wary especially of the fact that it was going to be controlled by the federal government. By allowing the government to control our health care our choices as patients would be limited and in the hands of the government. Health care being socialized will lead to it being less individualized. Also having such a large health care system would only result in an enormous amount of money being needed which will most definitely lead to higher taxes.
The biggest failure in U.S. health care reform in my opinion is John. F Kennedy’s defeat in his Medicare bill. JFK was so passionate in getting this bill passed, enabling Americans to care for their own old-age health insurance to prevent from being unable to pay for their own health care. His loss was not only a setback for him, but also our nation as a whole.
The biggest success in U.S. health care reform would be the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Millions of people now, because of Obamacare, have been able to access affordable insurance. This saves millions of peoples lives.