Health Care in the United States
The federal government should provide health care for all citizens who cannot afford their own. The issue of health care in the United States has been discussed for many decades and a solution that is suitable for everyone has not yet been established. There are millions of Americans who are not covered by insurance companies and also those who do not have the appropriate coverage they need. These people cannot afford to pay for it on their own, and medical expenses are the main financial problems within their families. “Millions of Americans are not covered by health insurance plans, many cannot afford to purchase health insurance, and many employers do not offer such coverage due to high costs, especially for small businesses.” (Rashford, 2007) Universal health care will provide all American’s with basic health care coverage they need to continue on with a healthy lifestyle and make the United States healthier overall.
“It is the poor and those at the lower end of the socioeconomic bracket who suffer most from the inability to afford health insurance.” states Rashford. The lower classes are the people who are suffering from the health care issues we face each day as American’s. (Rashford, 2007) These are the people who are laborers in the service industry, attending to our day-to-day requests, working in our homes, and taking care of our children. These people are sending their children to school with our children, and mingling on a daily basis with the rest of the population. It would only be right that they get the coverage they need to support and maintain a healthy way of life.
Although the lower class has issues the middle class however are not without problems; there are many financial instabilities that can cause issues for families. In the present-day U.S. system, the rich have access to a wide range of medical services and those below the poverty level may have access to Medicaid. But those barely above the poverty level, low-income and some middle-class individuals and the uninsured, are affected the most. Some individuals do not seek medical care due to the cost. A universal healthcare system would be of great benefit to these individuals. (Rashford, 2007) “The population of the United States based on the 2000 census was 281,421,906 and that means that approximately one sixth of the population is uninsured and lacks adequate health care. Also we cannot neglect the thousands, possibly millions, of undocumented individuals that reside in this country; they get sick and seek medical care at any emergency room in their communities.” (Rashford, 2007) If the government was to provide universal health care, all citizens would have access to a wide variety of doctors, rehab facilities, and long term care facilities as well as other specialists. The reform would provide free prescription medications and help society and communities to maintain a better financial standing.
“The Universal Healthcare Action Network (UHCAN) states “health care in America is unjust and inefficient; it costs too much, covers too little and excludes too many.” UHCAN is an organization working diligently to promote universal healthcare coverage in the United States. They have joined forces with several national, state, and local organizations to form the Health Care Access Campaign.” (Rashford, 2007) Each and every day American’s fight towards better health care and are worried about the rising costs and the ability to pay their bills.
“First, I've learned that average Americans are in real pain. Two trillion dollars a year is a mighty hefty price to pay for healthcare in this country. A Gallup poll tells us the second most important financial problem households face is healthcare costs, second only to the specter of bankruptcy, itself. Second, I've learned that 46 million Americans without healthcare insurance constitute not a challenge so...
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