I don’t live in the USA, but in a former socialist country. I just saw a documentary on TV, an episode from a series of documentaries that talks about abandoned modernist architecture made for touristic purposes. These objects were built after WWII, during a socialist, or rather communist regime. To shorten the story, and sorry there’s not a translation in English, that architecture was built with a humanistic premise that people need a vacation. All people.
It especially breaks heart to watch this object http://www.hulahop.hr/media/uploads/projekti/betonski-spavaci/4_slider.png . You can read a breef description (in English) beneath https://distrify.com/videos/ecrMVA-slumbering-concrete_mysterious-object-in-the-pine-forest. In the documentary you can hear various parties involved: a former employee who talks with heart wrenching sorrow of past times when this place was full of children, working in full its intended capacity, local authorities, owner (formal) who speculate about its revitalization. And this is interesting part, why I’m writing about this in reply to your story: it’s like it is forbidden to even think about restoring the object to its original purpose: a sanatorium for children with pulmonary diseases. Have we eradicated asthma?
This week I’ve read posts on Medium that try to redefine some terminology ( https://medium.com/@girlziplocked/youre-more-communist-than-you-think-you-are-e0b439e5f808) . I think we ( I think “we” in a global sense) in first place need to start thinking it is OK to think about the things the way Holly Wood lays them out in that post. It could be that some people just think (perhaps borrow a thought is more accurate word) that equal access to health services for all people is “a big no-no”. I know there were times when people in US went to jail for promoting anything remotely communist. Perhaps this is why there’s so much resistance? In my country there are people who are very “optimistic” about the privatization of health. These are usually specialists in fields with procedures that can be regarded as small: ambulatory surgery, check-ups, estetic surgery, one-time surgery (changing “parts”), etc. It’s not like a plan to render cheaper procedures be payed by the patient while more expensive ones are payed by public health insurance. It’s just an unfinished thought that “health is expensive”, “people need to be more responsible”, etc. while neglecting that majority of people get less than an average salary, often a minimal wage which is sadly enough only to survive, even with this current public health paradise that pays for “all”. Doctors who work with people with diseases with long, complicated, often unpredictable course plead for joint health insurance.
I guess I am trying to make a point that people and systems can get tired in a cyclical fashion, and we need to be aware of that and make something that bypasses that problem if we don’t want to go back to the stone age every now and then.