America: A country of immigrants whose forebears led the waytoward human rights and democracy who were desirous of a better life ahead
Who are considered immigrants? Briefly, the people whoarrived on the shores of the United States who are nationals of othercountries the world over.
Thesole non-immigrant that distinguished herself/himself in America is one who wasborn on these frontiers whose ancestral home is indisputably America, andwho, over time, is recognized as American: the American Indian. Thelatter group was already identified culturally when the thousands who wereEuropean-born arrived on the Mayflower in 1650, in their quest for abetter life.
Overtime, the U.S. has depended greatly on the phenomenon called the"immigrant contribution."
Thisspace's writer lauds the reply of an immigrant who volunteered anidentification of an immigrant.
"Iam an immigrant who, like many of my immigrant colleagues, exudes humble prideto be contributing to my adopted land by working hard and creating newjobs for others."
Decadesago, still fresh in the minds of those who came from afar, theywho aligned themselves with the principal Democratic and Republicanparties were enamored by what they termed "economiccompetitiveness," demonstrated by stapling green cards on college diplomasof immigrant graduates.
Historyrelates how the foregoing took place before the immigration issue got hijacked,by many native-born Americans who were quick to describe the immigrant as"stealing our jobs."
Yet,some from the native-born who have given their personal estimates on theimmigrant population that has proven itself worthy of the manifoldcontributions to their current home, are far from what has been describedas precise. Those from the same ranks still have to vie with the acceptedimmigrants who have meritoriously qualified to practice their professionson these shores.
Intruth and in fact, figures and facts do point to the more vaunted achievementsof the immigrant society who have been known to reach the apex oftheir professional concerns in the tightening field of competition.
Thereis that well-known concept of "First,do no harm," which is culled in the oath that announces the entranceand careers of most new medical doctors admitted to theirrespective professional specializations.
Once,I was invited to attend a session featuring those minds deeply involved in thepractice of medicine.
Again,the main theme: "First, do no harm," embedded in the oath that startsthe careers of most newly-licensed doctors in America, has emerged assomething of a surrogate for the practice of medicine. Yet, it issomething that is likened to a false promise. Numbers of routines havebeen identified
asunmistakable. They might not be intentional. Yet,many native-born physicians have faced lawsuits that were markedlyidentified as "cases that held false promise."
Someonlookers into the fields of medical practitioners have suggested that part ofthe oath they take should be: "Help others with as little harm aspossible."
Whetherthe populace likes it or not, some frontiers have been branded as representing"a world of harm" specifically, resulting from car accidents torecreational drugs, sexually-transmitted diseases, cancer, unhealthydiets, and recent diagnoses of lack of exercise. The list isendless.
In treating the results of the named health hazards, the goal as a physicianshould be no other than to "reduce harm."
Thusfar, until the current administration can offer a substitute for theAffordable Care Act, the latter is still law. But it's notbeen an easy task. Signing up for health insurance is mind boggling forincreasing numbers of the population who are still awaiting solutions to theissue.
Despitethe Republicans' concerted efforts to repeal the law of 2010, theforegoing aforementioned Act, it is a well-known fact that the federal-andstate-based exchanges that created the Act will be realistically inoperation at least through 2019. There are living proofs that many marketplaceshave helped individuals, families and small businesses shop for and enrollin affordable medical insurance.
TheACA and its highly-awaited replacement, the American Health Care Act, both relyon the very same general structure to sell insurance to people who are notcovered by insurance through their employment or other programs.
Whatis anticipated: participants receive income-based subsidies to purchasequalified health plans on either a state or federal marketplace(Healthcare.gov).
Theanticipation of decisions meant to shape the options available in 2019 arenow being done through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Moreconcern for U.S. veterans that arose during the Obama era has been underscored.
Untolddebts of gratitude to the servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives indefense of our country have surfaced notably.
Ithas been accepted that the countless contributions to major advances in thebiological sciences were forged in that deplorable crucible of war.
Emergencymedicine and modern surgery have proven to define what physicians andmedics have encountered on the battlefield as conflicts the world overbreak out.
Technologicalbreakthroughs such as portable ultrasound and penicillin trace theirearly development to war settings.
Certainly,without fear of contradiction, would-be immigrants should comprehend what isanticipated of them as they turn their attention to the professionalfields so sorely needed in the U.S.
More Independence Day celebrations will, ofcourse be on the front burner, as observed through the ages. But what isanticipated is nothing novel. It will depend largely on how today's WhiteHouse will be managed. And as the moving calendar continues to remind theAmerican populace, the three branches of government (executive, legislativeand judicial) will have to perform accordingly with one goal in mind: tosee that democracy will strongly prevail.
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