Zutshi 1 ENC 1101 20 September 2014 Universal Healthcare: America's Savior? A long debated hot topic, the implementation of Universal Healthcare within the United States is growing in importance as the currently administered health care system is one of the worst out of all developed, and even some under-developed countries. Many countries ensure healthcare to their citizens as a basic right, while in the United States there are approximately 45 million uninsured, and many more under-insured. Those who advocate and oppose such an implementation provide great reasons as to why it would be a great success or an utter failure. The ultimate question however, still is, will the benefit exceed the consequences.
America's health care system is a topic that has divided much of American society. Even with the implementation of Obama's health care act and various other programs, many American citizens are still uninsured or not receiving the proper medical care that they need. This could be because they are homeless, poor, not eligible to receive insurance through their employer or parent, have lost their jobs, or for many other reasons. Many Americans believe that those who have fallen through the cracks of the current system simply should not receive health care. The question of whether health care should be for everyone or just for those who can afford it is one that does not involve health care itself, rather the morals and values of society.
Universal Health Care In the past 100 years, the United States government has endured many difficulties dealing with the faults present in America's private healthcare system. Even though the federal and state governments have tried stepping in more recently and were able to lessen the negative impacts produced by the system, there are many more that still need to be addressed. As of 2014, 33 million people in the U.S. lack health insurance, resulting in more bankruptcies and deaths for those with and without insurance (Right to Health Care). By the U.S. government nationalizing health care, the result would be a healthier nation overall, with respect to life expectancy, the work force, and debt. Although not without flaw, universal health
In the U.S, the citizens and government have been working at getting a universal healthcare system for nearly a decade. Many times, advocates for a universal system such as this, have believed that they were on the verge of success, but time and time again they got shot down. Other countries such as Sweden, Denmark, and France have had universal healthcare since the 1890’s, almost as long the U.S has been trying to get it themselves. During this time the U.S government left the matter of healthcare into the hands of the states, and the states left it into the hands of private and voluntary programs, which of course, eventually lead to the wealthy having more benefits because they were able to able to afford what these programs had to offer
Wealthy countries don’t amount up to quality healthcare for everybody (Shah, Poverty Around The World). Universal healthcare is health coverage for everyone of the country (Shah, Health Care Around the World). Universal healthcare is not adopted throughout the world. Most developed countries provide universal healthcare with an exception of few, such as United States. United States is considerably a wealthy country with ample real estates, natural resources and trade with other nations.
Universal healthcare is best described as free healthcare for everyone despite your class in society. People throughout the country will no longer have to pay for anything in the healthcare sector. There are many pros and cons of universal healthcare and many disputes about it. One pro of universal healthcare is increased health throughout the Irish population and one con of universal healthcare is increase in tax payments. Firstly one of the biggest pros of universal healthcare is overall health of the Irish population As it stands many people can’t afford health care due to problems in our economy.
Figures like this make it clear that Canada spends a lot on health care. Not only does Canada spend a lot on healthcare but, it does not achieve better results for this high level of spending. Smith, Mitton and Kershaw(2016)argue that compared to other developed country Canada has a
Even though the number of uninsured people has gone down after the affordable care acts were implemented, many people remain uninsured. Never the less, a single-payer system that makes an economic sense is highly resisted in America. Below is an explanation for the resistance to the single-payer systems in America. Extensive lobbying by hospitals and corporate America the single player systems or universal health insurance has been thwarted in American because of the extensive lobbying against the system by the healthcare investors (Sanders, 2018). The Medicare spelled doom for the healthcare prices as hospitals, physician, and big pharmaceutical companies and the insurance industry did not find it attractive because it affected their profits.
Over the last few centuries and many presidents, there have been different views on how health care should be provided. For some presidents, it was the citizen’s responsibility to purchase health care and others thought health care reform was needed to help fund and subsidize further government initiatives. The U.S. does not have a constant health care system nor universal coverage for all citizens, but has recently endorsed statutes requiring health care coverage for all people, also known as the Affordable Care Act of 2010 or Obamacare. In 2014, 48 percent of health care spending was private, 28 percent coming from households, and 20 percent coming from private businesses. In 2014, there were 283.2 million people living in the United States with 89.6% having some sort of health insurance coverage; 66% of workers covered by a private health insurance plan.