The Universal Healthcare System

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The modern healthcare system has been talked about for a while now on the best way to make it a better, more reliable system. With criticism coming from both political sides, and no sure way on how to fix it, the topic of different systems has started being discussed. Maybe add more intro? The discussion of healthcare has been around since the Industrial Revolution when unions began to form, though most advancement on the topic of healthcare was brought on by organizations outside of the government. However, the debate didn’t really begin to heat up until after WWI when healthcare prices began to rise to where an average household could not afford insurance. This conversation advanced even further in the 1930s during the depression when acts…show more content…
The man interviewed, Joe Dutton, stated, “One person's right to health care becomes another person's burden to pay for it” (Gawande). Dutton firmly believed that healthcare was a single person’s business and is not something the government should step into. With that thought comes another popular issue discussed nowadays; socialism. The idea of socialism is a growing fear for many U.S. citizens, and many believe that a universal healthcare system is a step towards a bigger government. Now while that is something that isn’t unnecessarily true, the United States is the only advanced country without a universal system. This does not mean that all of the other countries are socialist. With that said, the fear is still there. In Gawande’s article, Dutton addressed the idea of a bigger government in control of the healthcare system saying, “...anytime the government steps in and says, 'You must do this,' it's overstepping its boundaries” (Gawande). Add some more…show more content…
There is a large gap between the people with coverage and the people without. In one article, the author states, “Minority groups have a harder time obtaining health insurance” (“Overview of the American Healthcare System”). This may be greatly due to the fact that minorities usually live in lower income areas. The same author also brought something to light: “Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social and/or economic obstacles...based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion” (Overview of the American Healthcare System).
This further proves and stresses the fact that there is a large difference between the uninsured and insured as well as the sick and the
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