What Role Does Early American History Have to Play in the Quest for Universal Health Coverage in the U.S. During the 20th Century?

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What role does early American history have to play in the quest for Universal Health Coverage in the U.S. during the 20th century? Fiona Nelson-Lafuse ENG122 Emily Fancy 18th February 2013 INTRODUCTION The topic question for this research paper is, “Most developed countries have universal health coverage. Why doesn’t the United States have universal health coverage? There have been repeated attempts by many different legislators over the past 150 years to introduce some form of universal health coverage to this country; and given the successive failures, it seems crucial to investigate early American history to uncover the origins of this steadfast resistance to universal health coverage; and gain an…show more content…
Ongoing political weakness of the working classes left the way open for money to become a powerful political weapon, allowing the wealthy to influence the political agenda to benefit themselves; whereas in countries where unions did become organized, and wealth became partially redistributed as a result, working people began to have more political impact, and therefore more power; including an early introduction of health insurance for its poorer citizens. Vladeck (2002, para.14) addresses the issue of monetary power and its impact on universal health care coverage in the United States further pointing out that while politicians in the United States were able to succeed without huge electoral support, they couldn’t succeed without money behind them. As industry began to grow in the United States and contracts came up for large infrastructure projects such as the railroad, building canals or bridges and mining, the concept of political donations in return for lucrative contracts began to get established. Vladeck (2002, para16) also points out that wealthy groups and individuals have always been

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