Volume 42, No. 1, January-March, 2007
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A Universal Healthcare System: Is it Right for the United States?
A Universal Healthcare System: Is It Right for the
Marleise Rashford, RN, BSN
A Universal Health Care System: Is it
Right for the United States? The over 45 million
Americans who are uninsured speak volumes
about the problems with our present healthcare
system. Many Americans do not have access to
basic health care and it is time to revisit the
importance of universal health care for all
To gain a greater understanding of
the facts, figures, and support for universal health
care in America.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION.
A literature review of
five research studies.
The implementation of universal
health care in America is a plausible feat, but the
support of several facets of society is necessary for
this to become a reality.
Universal health care, healthcare
reform, access to health care, health care for all
Marleise Rashford, RN, BSN, is Family Nurse
Practitioner Graduate Student, Florida Atlantic
University, Boca Raton, Florida.
Universal healthcare coverage is an important sub-
ject for all Americans. Millions of Americans are not
covered by health insurance plans, many cannot afford
to purchase health insurance, and many employers do
not offer such coverage due to high costs, especially
for small businesses. Part-time workers, seasonal
workers, and most if not all undocumented workers
do not have any insurance coverage (Altman, Rein-
lower end of the socioeconomic bracket who suffer
most from the inability to afford health insurance. As
the population ages and more people rely on social
security, it has become more difficult for this group to
afford medication and some healthcare services.
As a nation we need to be very concerned about the
health of those in the lower socioeconomic bracket.
They are the people who work in the service industry,
attending to our daily needs, working in our homes,
taking care of our children, sending their children to
school with our children, and mingling on a daily
basis with the rest of the population. They are an
important and necessary part of any society. It would
be prudent then to provide these individuals with
The middle class is not without its share of prob-
lems either. If one spouse should lose his or her job or
a major medical situation arises that requires one
spouse to remain at home, the entire family could face
a financial crisis. This situation would be even more
critical in a single-parent household. As an industrial-
ized society, it is shameful to see so many people
suffer on various levels due to inadequate access to
appropriate health care. The idea of implementing
universal healthcare coverage has been discussed and