Should The Government Provide Health Care?
The percentage of working-age Americans with moderate to middle incomes who lacked health insurance for at least part of the year rose to 41 percent in 2005, a dramatic increase from the 28 percent in 2001 [1}. Is there a health care crisis in America? Should we now look at the government for help when it comes to our health care? In this essay we will look at the argument for and against United Health Care System, and how it may benefit or destroy the remainder of the economy in America.
What is Universal Health Care? It refers to a system where every legal resident of that country are covered by some form of insurance. Universal health care is a broad concept that has been implemented in several ways. The common denominator for all such programs is some form of government action aimed at extending access to health care as widely as possible. Most countries implement universal health care through legislation, regulation and taxation. Legislation and regulation direct what care must be provided, to whom, and on what basis. What about America, would UHC be beneficial, could it collapse the economy, would people be willing to have their taxes raised in order to pay for the health care of their family and friends?
The United States is the only wealthy, Industrialized country that does not have a Universal Health Care System, The government directly covers 27.8% of the population through health care programs for the elderly, disabled, military service families and veterans, children, and some of the poor, through Medicaid and Medicare. Why is it that as one of the most wealthiest countries we will not enact a Universal Health Care System? Now lets look at the debate amongst people in America on the hot topic of Universal Health Care.
From an economic standpoint, however, most medical treatments are increasingly out of reach to many Americans. Health care costs, as...