UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE 5
UniversalHealth Care is a health care plan where members of a society areprovided coverage regardless of their social status, income, age,gender, pre-existingconditions, or wealth (Shi & Singh, 2008). This means that legalresidents of a region being covered are legible for Universal HealthCare. Sherrow(2009), arguethat, health care is a necessary foundation of a just society.Provision of beneficial services as such to citizens, promotes a justsociety, fair to everyone. Proponents of the right to health care saythat no one in the richest nation on earth should go without healthcare. The United States being a wealthy country, health care shouldtherefore be universal.
Adoptionof is however likely to affect the quality ofhealth care. Since it is a system run by the government, bureaucracycan result in long wait times for patients and hence poor care.However, Universal Healthcare would increase the accessibility tohealth care. All people will have equal access to health care thuspromoting equality and fairness. This means that, health careservices will be accessible even by those who can’t afford as thesystem has no discrimination against any legal member of the society.
Accordingto Friedman’s (as cited inSherrow, 2009),the projected cost for health with the is $2.3trillion. This would save about $600 billion in total health carecost per year. This shows that it will benefit the country as awhole.
Neverthelesssome Americans are opposed to . This includesthe Republicans who at first argued for a national health care systembased on an individual mandate rather than on an employer mandate asfirst proposed by Democrats. While opposing the universal Healthcare, Republicans argue that, any American should not be forced tohave health insurance. They are also of the opinion that UniversalHealth care program increases the spending on government programswhich should be reduced.
Somepoliticians have however expressed support for the system majority ofDemocrats being the key supporters. For them, it has been animportant policy issue for decades. They argue that, access to healthcare is a basic right that should be afforded to all Americans.Obama, the current president of the United States, Hillary Clinton,Democrats’ presidential candidate, are some of the key figures whosupport the system (Shi & Singh, 2014). However in the case ofRepublicans, support for seems to be increasingwith the knowledge that Donald Trump likes it.
Accordingto Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released in December 2015, 58% ofAmericans supports the Universal Healthcare. Kaiser Health TrackingPoll (as cited in McCanne, 2015), the 58% are nearly 6 in 10Americans who expressed that they favor the idea including 34%expressed that they strongly favor it. However 34 % opposed it,including 25 % who said they strongly oppose it. This means that itsupported by the majority.
Consideringthe effects on the economy, both positive and negative effects can beidentified. Implementing it will mean an increase in taxes as thesystem needs to be paid for. It is argued that, the currentgovernment health care programs put a huge strain on public budget(Sherrow,2009).Therefore, the is likely to amount to increasegovernment spending. On the other hand, there are positive effects oneconomy. Such include decrease in bankruptcy or poverty due tomedical costs. The system will also promote healthier lives allowingpeople to work more and hence contribute much more to the nation’seconomy. Ultimately living standards of many people will be raisedleading to more economic productivity.
Onthe side of health care providers is likely tocause a reduction of their income. In the absence of the UniversalHealth Care, doctors can charge clients at any rate especially theuninsured, and can also negotiate the rates with insurance carriers,hence allowing them profits (Shi & Singh, 2014). However, with the the government will be deciding healthcareallocation and its coasts hence reducing how much doctors get paid,and secondly, if the system is adopted, all people will be covered,and the rates will be pre negotiated hence limiting the amount ofmoney that doctors can make.
Althoughthe program comes with benefits, it surroundedby political influence on whether or not to support it. Neverthelessis likely to benefit majority of the citizens as they will be able toaccess healthcare.
McCanne,D. (2015). KaiserHealth Tracking Poll: December 2015.Retrieved from: http://pnhp.org/blog/2015/12/17/kaiser-poll-58-of-americans-support-medicare-for-all/Sherrow,V. (2009). Universalhealthcare.New York: Chelsea House.
Shi,L., & Singh, D. A. (2014). Deliveringhealth care in America: A systems approach. Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett.