U.S Health Care: Right or Privilege? Essay

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U.S. Health Care: Right or Privilege? Natalie Stone Walden University Policy and Advocacy for Population Health NURS 6050 March 4, 2014 NURS 6050: Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health INITIAL POST Is Health Care in the U.S. a Right or Privilege? Our founding fathers felt that it was necessary to create a new government system. During a lengthy debate, in 1787, a document was drafted, changing the course of history. The Constitution of the United States was established, “…in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” If this declaration were applied to our health care system, it could be interpreted that health care is the right of every citizen. In order to promote the general welfare of our nation, it is imperative that the United States government lead the pursuit of high-value health care for all. The health care debate has been a hot topic for decades, but most recently, there has been a shift to mandate that all citizens have health care coverage or be fined. The opposition argues that the government has no right to force Americans to obtain coverage, employers are not responsible to provide health care options for employees, and that health care costs are the sole responsibility of the patient. In my opinion, this school of thought has attributed to the current health care crisis. Government oversight, mandates, and regulation are a necessary component to having consistent healthcare for all Americans. When health care is not accessible to all, Americans will suffer, especially in racial/ethnic groups. How Social Issues Impact Health Care Delivery The Obama administration has been plagued with what historians are calling the “Great Recession.”

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