Universality Of Health Care In The United States

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Health Care is a Right Introduction Health care is often confused with health insurance however they are two completely different things. Health insurance is a product you purchase while health care is the service you receive from your medical provider. It is very simple, yet for millions of Americans without health insurance, quality health care is not simple and not an option. Historically, government has been an advocate of health care rights, and presently the United States government needs to recognize the universality of all human rights with a national health care system. Historically One of the principles of the Preamble of the United States Constitution is to "promote the general welfare of all Americans" and health care will…show more content…
When signed into law on March 10, 2010, the Obama-approved Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “ ...increased health care coverage to include 32 million previously uninsured Americans, [and] under the new law, 95% of Americans will be insured" (ProCon.org, 2009). The goal of this health insurance plan is to provide affordable health care to all. The closest the government has come previously is with Medicaid and Medicare programs which grant the elderly and the poor a guaranteed minimum of health services (Carmalt & Zaidi, 2004). Meanwhile, with the current system, policy makers, politicians and insurance companies are reaping the rewards from how the current health care system is run. According to Senator Sanders (2010), 30% of each health care dollar private insurance companies spend is on “...administration and billing, exorbitant CEO compensation packages, advertising, lobbying and campaign contributions”. He states, “...despite the fact that we spend almost twice as much per person on health care as any other country...we are far behind many other countries in terms of such important indices as infant mortality, life expectancy and preventable…show more content…
The United States is the only industrialized country that does not recognize the human right to health. Franklin Roosevelt in 1943 proposed a "Second Bill of Rights" in which he defined freedom to include "the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health" (Carmalt & Zaidi, 2004). Historically, Americans and their leaders have advocated for a higher standard of living for all yet have fallen short on this issue. When the government and the people of the United States recognize that health care is a right for everyone the citizens of this country will be healthier for it. Carmalt, J. & Zaidi, S. (2004). The Right to Health in the United States of America What Does it Mean? Report from The Center for Economic and Social Rights. ProCon.org. (2010, November 1). Right to Health Care ProCon.org. Healthcare.ProCon.org. Retrieved from http://healthcare.procon.org/ Sanders, B., 2010, November 8. The Huffington Post Online. Retrieved November 7, 2010 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bernie-sanders/health-care-is-a-right-no_b_212770.html United States Constitution. (1787). Retrieved November 9, 2010 from

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