Universal Health Care: Right Or Privilage? Essay

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Breanna Smith Mrs. Seeley ENC 1101 19 December 2011 Free Universal Health Care: Right or Privilege? Americans are becoming increasingly confused about free universal health care and if it is even a plausible solution to a broken health care system. Insurance premiums are multiplying much faster than inflation, which prevents economic growth and leaves businesses with less money to give raises or hire more workers. While the quality and availability of medical care in the United States remains among the best in the world, many wonder whether we would be better off adopting a universal government controlled health care system like the one used in Canada. There are benefits and drawbacks to the type of universal health care system practiced in other countries. Coverage for all Americans would be a magnificent break through for the United States. According to the Institute of Medicine, “Lack of health insurance causes roughly 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year in the United States. Although America leads the world in spending on health care, it is the only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not ensure that all citizens have coverage.” If all Americans were covered we would be able to avoid all of these unnecessary deaths and prosper to the things we would like to amount to. Coverage for all Americans would also best counter or contain the spreading of epidemics such as the H1N1 flu, known as swine flu, or smallpox. America is the land of opportunity and as that land; we should be given the opportunity to have free health care. We need to be given the opportunity to live healthy lives without suffrage so we can continue to be the land of opportunity. Health care costs are unaffordable and bankrupting Americans. With free health care we would have a major reduction in medical costs as well as reduced inflation costs. The health care

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