Universal Health Care
Health care is a major topic in America because it touches every person -- children,
adults, and the elderly.
At any given stage of our lives, we need some sort of care, be it
preventative care, treatment for an injury, or management of an illness.
The health care system
is a complex issue because it involves hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, employers, and
federal and state governments.
Unfortunately, as excellent as the U.S. health care and medical
technology is, there are still some shortcomings and deficiencies.
The cost of health care has
risen so much in the past decade that more and more people are unable to afford to keep
Businesses and employers are slowly stopping or decreasing providing
health care insurance benefits that they provide to their employees.
For every one hundred
insured people, there are approximately thirteen uninsured people.
Of those one hundred insured
people, about thirty are under-insured, which means that they pay more out-of-pocket instead of
having the insurance company cover the expenses, primarily because of high insurance
In 2006, the United States spent over two billion dollars on medical care, which
includes the costs of doctors, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, biotechnology, and
America spends, per year, an average of six thousand dollars in medical care
These numbers are very high when compared with other industrialized nations, such
as Switzerland and Norway, the next two biggest per-capita spenders, at a little over three
thousand dollars per person.
Though it seems like we are paying a lot now,
actuaries predict that U.S. health spending will double by 2015 — to more than $12,300 per
person” (Clemmitt). With the presidential election coming up in November of 2008, many
questions have been posed about what America should do about the health care system and it is