Inevitable Evita

These last two weeks have been some of the most insightful two weeks of my life. Argentina is a country full of intrigue and opportunity. Our visit to the Evita museum yesterday truly did a good job of culminating all that we had learned about what it means to be an Argentine. While Evita truly is a polarizing figure among Argentinians, this polarization is very reflective of the passionate yet divided social structure. I have found Argentinians to be a very prideful people who are never afraid to protest for their beliefs. Even just in these two weeks I have witnessed several protests and marches including one commemorating Evita’s 100th birthday. Carrying on, María Evita Duarte de Perón was the first lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952, during which she became an idol of the people and championed many major Argentinian events such as the first women’s vote. She started off being born to a middle class family on the outskirts of the city, and never forgot her home even after becoming an actress and eventually the most powerful woman in all of Argentina. I would argue that her ideals and support of the middle and lower classes are parallel to the same ideas found in both the public and social security healthcare systems in Argentina. The basis behind these systems is that the middle and lower classes cannot be forgotten. Everyone deserves healthcare, therefore everyone receives healthcare. Evita would definitely approve the governmental care for the masses that you see in the public system. She would also approve the strong union presence in the obras sociales system, where you see the strong labor unions joining together to be able to provide health insurance and in cases provide clinical care to their members. Overall, Evita’s shaping of the Argentinian political landscape is one of the main events that has allowed the current healthcare system in Argentina to last so strongly into the present day.

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