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A few weeks ago, we announced the Dear America Project. The goal: discover what – if anything – ties us together as Americans.
We received close to 300 in-depth responses from all backgrounds and creeds regarding the long-term future of the country. (Kudos and many thanks to you all. 👏)
After crunching the data to figure out how to organize them for y’all, we landed on presenting five topics that were overwhelmingly mentioned: Climate Change/Environment, Social Equality/Help for Society’s Disaffected, Education, Healthcare, and Overcoming Tensions in Society to Find Unity.
Without further ado, this week’s third focus: Healthcare.
🔍 🏥 The Scoop on Healthcare
How We Defined It: Any response pertaining to or containing mention of healthcare, health insurance, hospitals, prescription drugs, disease, medical, Medicare, or health (all cross-checked manually to ensure proper context). For example:
”Healthcare needs to be accessible to those who can’t afford it (even more so than it is now).”
“I know I don’t want people to have to spend an arm and a leg to care for medical issues.”
By the Numbers:
Fourteen percent of overall respondents mention Healthcare.
Out of those respondents, 50% also mention Social Equality/Help for Society’s Disaffected, 50% also mention Climate Change/Environment, and 38% also mention Overcoming Tensions in Society to Find Unity.
👥 Meet the Crew
Put Another Way: More than 75%are under 35.
Put Another Way: 69% have a college degree.
Put Another Way: More than 87% are in the center or somewhere to the left of center.
🧭 The Western-most respondent lives in San Marcos, TX.
🏛️ Architect: Imaginative and strategic thinkers, with a plan for everything.
🤝 Mediator: Poetic, kind and altruistic people, always eager to help a good cause.
🧠 Logician: Innovative inventors with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
🧙 Advocate: Quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless idealists.
🎖️ Commander: Bold, imaginative and strong-willed leaders, always finding a way – or making one.
📚 Logistician: Practical and fact-minded individuals, whose reliability cannot be doubted.
💬 In Their Own Words
“I would like to see our great country make it easier for people to immigrate here so there will be less people doing it illegally. I would also like to see the healthcare/insurance system fixed; cost of healthcare needs to be reduced. The billing system is outrageous. Overbilling by the providers to get a fair reimbursement by insurance companies is wrong. The consumer loses, they don’t even know what they are being billed for most of the time. Giving everyone insurance doesn’t fix the problem of cost.” –Cindy from Highland Village, TX (56-65 years old).
“No complete collapse of the country under the pandemic. Large changes to the education system making it more effective, and removing pointless activities from core classes. An expansion of supermarkets providing cheap, healthy food. Better, more affordable healthcare. Lower prices of lifesaving drugs like insulin. Stricter laws about getting vaccinated. Required to wear masks during the winter/flu season.” –Saahil from Missouri (under 18 years old).
“I’d like to see the country come together in support of all citizens. We need to protect the most vulnerable in our nation, and ensure that the system lifts and gives opportunities to those who feel marginalized. We need to provide healthcare for all, even those who can’t afford it. We need to minimize the impact we are having on the environment to preserve it for future generations. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we need leaders who will commit to protecting everyone in our nation, not just those who pay to have their voices heard.” –Laurel from Ashburnham, MA (36-45 years old).
“In the upcoming decades I would love to see national peace, unity, and health. Universal and free healthcare would help bring peace to our nation, there is no reason why living on this earth needs to be so expensive. Mental health workers and therapists should be more affordable because for some people that is the difference between life or death. Another improvement would be to work on the health of our planet, this can be accomplished by reducing the amount of single use plastic that is used and using forms of public transportation. Placing more attention on healing our planet might be the first step to healing our nation. As a Generation Z teenager it seems I was born into a corrupt world and I would love to be a part of healing it.” –Jamie from La Crosse, WI (under 18 years old).
“Policy shift toward basic care for all (healthcare, basic income, education, housing), environmental protections, incentives for businesses to grow their diversity in hiring and practice. Voice given to youth to speak into government policy through a program that elevates what non-voting age youth see missing in our country.“ –Sarah from Austin, TX (26-35 years old).
Given the responses above, are there any points you’re willing to compromise on when it comes to addressing healthcare? Let us know.
Results from yesterday: Here’s two of the answers we received to the question, “What do you think are potential points of compromise when it comes to climate change & the environment?”
“I would be willing to make changes in my home and also save up for an electric car, but don’t bankrupt the US economy when the US greenhouse emissions have drastically improved while China and other industrialized countries are getting worse. The government (namely the far left) has to be realistic and lessen their extreme expectations of the American people.”
“I don’t think protecting our environment should be politicized since science has proven that it is in danger if we continue living the way we are. I think we need to realize that we aren’t protecting the planet for us, but for future generations. The small changes we make now may only have a minor impact in our lifetimes, but they will have a big impact in the future and I think future generations deserve that opportunity. If we can all agree on that, then I think we can de-politicize issues with climate change and the environment.”
The “Night of a Million Lights,” a walk-through light show in Kissimissee, FL, set up by Give Kids The World, a non-profit resort that provides vacations for sick children and their families.
It’s comprised of more than three million lights and 150 dazzling displays – including an entire mini-golf course and a 150-foot tunnel. (And a suspiciously Mario-world-lookin’ mushroom path.)
The show opened in November and closes in early January. It’s projected to gross more than $3 million in charitable proceeds.
The coolest part: Ninety cents of every dollar goes directly to fulfill the wishes of critically ill children during their time at the Village.
💬 Guess the Phrase (in Emojis)
For today’s interactive activity, can you guess the popular idiom or phrase each emoji string represents?
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