Presentation Title

Political Rhetoric to Manipulate Consciousness: How Politicians Dictate the People’s Worldview on Healthcare

Presenter Information

Mohsen AlamFollow

Faculty Mentor

Douglas Mullane

Start Date

17-11-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 5:00 PM

Location

CREVELING 83

Session

POSTER 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

Public worldview on any matter, especially health care in the United States, is shaped by political rhetoric and propaganda, which causes the health care to be a product instead of a right. The rhetoric and propaganda are successful because they exploit people’s vulnerability of being politically unconscious. By being conscious, both the public and the reformers can craft counter-arguments to debunk the rhetoric that blocks reform process.

Unlike most of the industrialized nations, the United States has not adopted the universal health care system. Though the average cost of health care per capita is highest, it does not cover all the constituents regardless of the financial condition. Multiple reforms have been proposed in previous decades; however, the idea of accepting health care as a basic human right is not established yet in American society. Dorothea Lynde Dix had proposed a social welfare proposal in 1854, which was vetoed by President Pierce because he believed that the states should take care of welfare. Since then, all reform proposals are failing as they have been labeled as socialized medicine, anti-liberty, and anti-freedom policy. These reform proposals have failed to create counter-arguments that can win the debate against the propaganda.

Future reformers need to work on increasing the political consciousness and creating counter-arguments so that those proposals will have the opportunity to redefine health care as a human right in the USA.

Summary of research results to be presented

The political propaganda and rhetoric shape the public worldview to accept healthcare as a product, and this acceptance can be challenged by reform proposals that focus on creating political consciousness among people so that people can critique the accepted definition and redefine the healthcare as a human right.

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Political Rhetoric to Manipulate Consciousness: How Politicians Dictate the People’s Worldview on Healthcare

CREVELING 83

Public worldview on any matter, especially health care in the United States, is shaped by political rhetoric and propaganda, which causes the health care to be a product instead of a right. The rhetoric and propaganda are successful because they exploit people’s vulnerability of being politically unconscious. By being conscious, both the public and the reformers can craft counter-arguments to debunk the rhetoric that blocks reform process.

Unlike most of the industrialized nations, the United States has not adopted the universal health care system. Though the average cost of health care per capita is highest, it does not cover all the constituents regardless of the financial condition. Multiple reforms have been proposed in previous decades; however, the idea of accepting health care as a basic human right is not established yet in American society. Dorothea Lynde Dix had proposed a social welfare proposal in 1854, which was vetoed by President Pierce because he believed that the states should take care of welfare. Since then, all reform proposals are failing as they have been labeled as socialized medicine, anti-liberty, and anti-freedom policy. These reform proposals have failed to create counter-arguments that can win the debate against the propaganda.

Future reformers need to work on increasing the political consciousness and creating counter-arguments so that those proposals will have the opportunity to redefine health care as a human right in the USA.