Pros And Cons Of Universal Health Care

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To be or Not To be: A comprehensive in depth review addressing the various sides of providing Americans with a Universal Healthcare system and weighing its Pros and Cons.

33 million people in the United States did not have healthcare in 2014, according to the US census bureau. America, one of the richest nations in the world does not provide healthcare for its citizens. Although, so many nations do. Healthcare is a basic right that should be provided for by the U.S citizens regardless of religion, age, race, gender, and economic status. After all, our framers believed that Americans had natural rights, which are a right to life, liberty, and property. Healthcare is critical to establishing a just and fair society, while boosting the
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For the basis of this argument, I will focus on key pros and cons.

By instituting a right to health care the U.S. could possibly lower cost, and make health care services more affordable for everyone. According to a 2012 study, using a single-payer system, in which all citizens are guaranteed a right to health care, total public and private health care spending could be lowered by $592 billion and up to 1.8 trillion over the next decade due to lowered administrative and prescription drug cost. The cost of healthcare in America has increased ( Health Affairs). A study done by Consumer reports in 2012 stated that paying for health care is the top financial problem for US households. In Light of health care’s expanding costs, many Americans are delaying or not receiving treatment, as well as having trouble paying for care. According to a study done by the American Journal of Public Health, Canada, a country that provides universal health care, spends half as much per capita on health care as the U.S. The American Medical Association has made a claim stating that, on average, private health insurance plans spends 11.7% of premiums on administrative cost vs. 6.3% spent by public health programs. On the contrary, providing universal
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