Healthcare System: Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act

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Introduction Health care is a basic human right, and from an ethical viewpoint, the system in the United States is the most unjust and unequal in the Western world and paradoxically the most expensive as well. Even worse, the injustice of the system is borne most heavily by the poor, working class, and members of minority groups who lack health care coverage at work and cannot afford private insurance. North of the border, Canada has a far better model for health care and one that most U.S. reformers have demanded since the 1940s. Medicare has been a very popular public service in Canada since it was first passed in 1966, and provides universal health care paid for out of general tax revenue. Few people in Canada would ever want a U.S.-type of system, which is well known to be inequitable to low-income groups. Insurance industry lobbyists with ties to U.S. corporations always strive to create a seemingly contentious debate over healthcare in Canada, by persistently attempting to make inroads in the publicly-funded system. At present, it is still against the law in Canada to offer private health insurance for any type of medical care provided by the public system (Wilson, 2012, p. 118). Canada's single-payer system not only guarantees universal access to all regardless of income, its costs per capita are lower than those in the U.S., which has never had universal access in its history. Indeed, up to 100,000 people in the U.S. die every year because they have no private
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