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What is Universal Health Care?

Getting the U.S. United on Health Care - A National Health Care Plan

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Universal Health Care Gains Popularity
Universal health care gained popularity with former President Bill Clinton. Although President Clinton's proposal is looked at as a large failure, it did start the universal health care ball rolling and got many in America thinking about a united health care plan. Ever since President Clinton's proposal, the debate on a united and universal health care system for the U.S.A. has continued to be weaved into election topics as a proposed cure to the United States health care crisis, which estimates have said leaves 41-50 million people in America without health insurance.

What is it?
Universal health care or also commonly known as a singe-payer system, united health care system, or national health care, would be similar to the current U.S. Medicaid health care program for low-income peoples but would apply to all citizens of the U.S. regardless of ability to pay.

Who else does this?
Many countries have a united or national health care system, and all industrialized countries except for the U.S., have some sort of single-payer universal health care system. Most notably Canada and the UK have coverage under this type of united health care.

Sounds great! How come we don't have a national health care system in the U.S.?
There is no right formula for a united universal or national health care system. All countries have different ways of accomplishing the task of insuring every citizen in their country. How to accomplish a national health care single-payer system in America and if it would be better and more cost-effective than our current system are the main debate areas for universal or national health care in the U.S. There are many advantages and disadvantages to a single-payer health care system in the U.S.

Advantages:
Every citizen would be covered under a national united health care system and administrative costs could be drastically reduced. According to the article Make Healthcare a Right. It's Cheaper! by By John R. Battista, M.D. and Justine A. McCabe, Ph.D., studies have shown that with a publicly administered system health care costs would have been reduced in Connecticut by two billion dollars in 1999 by the reduction of administrative costs along with other different medical buying techniques such as buying medications in bulk.

Disadvantages:
Income taxes would increase and private insurance companies may be put out of the health care administrative business. Not to mention many Americans are worried it is just another route to socialism so therefore taking away private health care is un-American.

Most would not argue that basic health care should be an available human right to all Americans and most would also agree that our current system is not working and we should all get united on health care in the U.S. The universal national health care debate will be with our society for an inevitable amount of time, or at least until healthcare is available to more Americans, so expect this to be a topic for politicians in many future elections.

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