Universal Healthcare

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Universal Healthcare Since 1948 when the United Kingdom first created a universal healthcare system, nations across the world have also developed similar programs to ensure every citezen has quality healthcare available to them (Health Care Delivery in the United Kingdom and the United States). As the last remaining first world nation not providing its citizens universal healthcare, the debate to implement a universal healthcare system in the United States has taken center stage. Most agree that the most reasonable means to universal healthcare in the United States is mandated health insurance. Alongside high levels of support, there is also resistance to government imposing a public system of healthcare. This argument about whether…show more content…
The significant difference between the rates of health insurance cost increases and wage and inflation increases creates a problem in itself. Not only are there millions of people without health insurance, it is becoming more likely that they will not be able to afford to hold insurance policy. However, in a 2002 study it was found that only 30% of the uninsured were below federal poverty levels (Overview of the U.S. Health Care System). This means that despite the unsettling amounts of people in poverty without health insurance, there is also the issue of those who have the means to provide themselves and their families with health insurance and choose not to, only to be faced with crippling health bills should anything go wrong. Navigating and deciphering the complicated health insurance industry is too daunting and expensive a task to leave up to individuals, which is why in many cases, the United States government and private organizations have stepped in. In fact, recent times have bared witness to an unprecedented grouping of forty major corporations approaching Capitol Hill to advocate healthcare reform.…show more content…
It is truly in all Americans’ best interest to urge reform immediately (New Corporate Alliance Urges Universal Care).
 The issue with implementing a system for universal coverage in the United States is not about the will to help people, it’s a fundamental struggle between the values of freedom and order. While it can be easily argued that the order provided by the universal healthcare systems in first world countries across the globe has created stability and equality, it is important to take into account the strong sense of freedom of choice that makes the United States so different from every other country in the world. Americans now have the choice to buy or not to buy health insurance and that right to freedom of choice cannot be ignored (Patients' Freedom of Conscience: The Case for Values-Driven
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