In a universal universal health care system everyone

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Unformatted text preview: reater productivity creates more opportunity/jobs in society Moderate Lower taxes help people support their families Pragmatism: everyone could use more money; government wastes so many tax dollars (Universal) Health Care (Universal) Ideology Position on the Issue Primary Reasons for Position Liberal 47 million Americans don’t have health care coverage, and in the wealthiest nation in the world, that is unacceptable. In a universal universal health care system, everyone would be covered and the profits of the drug manufacturers could be contained to more reasonable levels Govt activism/bigger govt: government should provide basic necessities to the public (som/equality), and universal health care is one such necessity. America has the highest quality health care coverage in the world because doctors and drug manufacturers are free to make profits (money). Universal health care systems in other countries provide poor quality and some health services are not provided for cost-saving purposes (i.e., rationing) Smaller govt/ capitalism: The incentive to earn profits (money) is what drives the private sector (i.e., businesses rather than government) to produce products and services at higher quality and for lower prices. Health care costs are soaring higher and something should be done to correct that Pragmatism: do what is necessary to control costs yet maintain high quality service Conservative Moderate Appeal to fairness: Is it fair for some people to have access to health care services while others do not? In a purely capitalist system of health care, religious organizations, charities, doctors, and drug manufacturers would help pay for the uninsured America During War America Competing national visions – George Washington hoped that there would be one national interest, that there would be unified support at home for US foreign policy Unity only lasted for the first 6 years of George Washington’s administration – Competing ideologies (liberal v. conservative) produce two different visions for America’s role in the world This is why there is almost always opposition at home and open dissent (protest) when America is at war WWII (1941­1945) was America’s only long­term war where there was no dissent » The Spanish­American War (1898) also had unified support here at home but the war only lasted 3 months » There was unity in the early years of the Cold War (1946­late 1960s) but that unity broke down during...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2012 for the course POLS 1337 taught by Professor Barnes during the Spring '08 term at University of Houston.

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