Should the United States Have Universal Health Care?

610 WordsFeb 3, 20182 Pages
Universal Health Care being enforced in the United States has been a debate topic for decades. Though there are issues regarding universal health care, there are more benefits involving all American citizens. The United States should have Universal Health Care. The denizens of countries who have universal health care have higher life expectancies compared to the United States, even though we Americans pay more for medical related expenses; the cost for universal health care has been greatly exaggerated; and Americans are dying prematurely due to lack of insurance. Beneficially, the economy will boost because universal health care will increase the amount of small businesses. First of all, a study has shown that Americans have a lower life expectancy rate than those living in countries that have universal health care, even though the United States pay more for health care (Mahon, Weymouth, “U.S. Spends Far”). According to a study by the Commonwealth Fund, in 2009, the U.S. spent about 8,000 dollars per capita on health care (Mahon, Weymouth, “U.S. Spends Far”). Other countries, like Japan and New Zealand, spent one-third as much, or like Norway and Switzerland, spent two-thirds as much. A separate study by Global Research has shown that in 2007, among seventeen countries examined, U.S. ranked dead last in life expectancy for males (seventy-five years) and second to last for females (eighty years) (Randall, “U.S. Life Expectancy”). The same study shows that women in Japan, a
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