November 25, 2013
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Healthcare for Everybody
The United States is considered by most to be the greatest country to ever grace the face of the planet. It has the largest military, the largest economy, freedom of speech and religion, one of the first “successful” democracies and of course the American dream. Yet, one thing that most people seem to forget is that the United States of America, the most dominant force in the world, is also the only westernized industrial nation without a universal healthcare system. I believe that healthcare should be available for everybody regardless of socioeconomic status. Almost 50 million of all Americans lack any form of healthcare insurance. Many more are underinsured. Consequently, a great number of Americans receive little or no healthcare at all. Many, but not all, of these people are women and children. (Kaiser) Quite a few of these uninsured are actually working families who cannot afford coverage, yet, earn too much to be eligible for the state's healthcare provider. Healthcare is interconnected too much with money, thus money should not be allowed to dictate that some should live in good health while others suffer in humiliation and anger. As a result, the lack of universal healthcare is one of the greatest social inequities of our society. Providing uniform and universal healthcare for all, regardless of race or stature, can only improve our country. Also, many insurance companies, agents, lawyers, and doctors, pharmaceutical companies, medical suppliers and even hospitals all compete for money in a cutthroat fashion. This jungle for the acquisition of money by playing with people’s lives is a terrible idea to dwell on. The U.S. is the only major industrialized nation in the world that does not provide health care for its citizens. Being a first world country, we produce groundbreaking technology in the medical field; yet ignore the needs of our indigent children. Therefore, if healthcare was free...
References: Kaiser. "Key Facts about the Uninsured Population « » The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation." Key Facts about the Uninsured Population. Kaiser, n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
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