America: The Only Rich Country That Doesn’t Have Universal Healthcare

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What does the United States have in common with the countries Peru, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Uzbekistan? The answer is that none of these countries have universal healthcare.

The federal government actually pays a lot for health care. If you are a senior, a low income family, or ex-military, then you are entitled to free healthcare that is provided by the government. However, that demographic is less than 38% of the population. The real question remains: why doesn’t America have all-inclusive healthcare for everyone?

Some people say that there are reasons about why the government doesn’t pay for the country’s health coverage. One of the reasons why is that some people don’t even want it. Americans want the government to play a limited role in our society, therefore crossing out universal healthcare because it’s government funded.

People in the U.S. that live off a median income are having a hard time. As mentioned, there is free healthcare for ex-military, the elderly, and low income families. But citizens with a median income are not poor enough to qualify for universal healthcare, but don’t make enough money to pay for a good healthcare. So they are stuck in between, having to pay more than they can afford for it, or being able to pay for a lower quality of healthcare.

You might have heard of the program Obamacare. Obamacare is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care program. It was created by President Barack Obama during his efforts to reform healthcare. It is a law enacted to make sure that all Americans have access to affordable care. Obamacare works by mandating that everyone gets a health insurance or pay a tax. More professionally known as The Affordable Care Act, it provides subsidies for middle-income families. Obamacare is still in effect, but the current administration’s and Republicans want to abolish it. Undoing the Affordable Care Act would undo a lot of taxes at the top, and a lot of subsides at the bottom. In other words, it would be a big tax cut for the rich if they would get rid of Obamacare

James Elmore, an 8th grader here at Dana says, “I actually believe we shouldn’t [have universal healthcare} as I believe in Canada they have ‘free’ healthcare but all free healthcare does is it makes us pay more money to taxes so I think we shouldn’t have free healthcare.”

Although the U.S. doesn’t seem likely to even propose the idea of universal healthcare anytime soon, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t stop fighting for what we all deserve as a society.

 

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  1. Leticia on October 11th, 2018 7:08 pm

    Excellent article!!!

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