I. (attention-getter) The United States is the only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not have a universal health care system (Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.) In 2006, the percentage of Americans without health insurance was 15.8%, or approximately 47 million uninsured people (US Census Bureau). II. (introduce-justify topic) The United States spends twice as much on health care per capita than any other country and spending continues to increase. In 2005, the national health care expenditures totaled $2 trillion (National Center for Health Statistics,) and about half of the bankruptcy filings in the United States are due to medical expenses. (Health Affairs Journal 2005). We, as citizens of the United States, must realize the severe imperfections and problems presented in our current health care system, and come together to create a universal health care system that would cater to ALL who need help. We are the shapers of America in the future. III. (speaker-of credibility) I, as an American citizen, have realized the severe problems in our current system and I was interested to learn more about the topic. IV. (identify thesis) As I speak today, I will address the major flaws in our current health care system, the problems in getting significant health care legislature passed through Congress, and lastly, I will list the many benefits involved with a form of socialized medicine.
I. In order to fully understand the need for a change in our system, we must look to the many flaws found within it. a. According to the (National Center for Health Statistics) More than 40 million adults stated that they needed but did not receive health services in 2005, because they could not afford it. i. This is wrong, we as the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world, must not allow for this kind of thing to happen. If someone needs a health...