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Universal Healthcare?

What do you see as the pros and cons of the US implementing it. Please try to look from both sides and give BOTH pros and cons.

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njmommy2boys

Asked by njmommy2boys at 8:19 PM on Mar. 7, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I oppose government being involved in my healthcare. I want to be able to make my own choices and choose my own treatments, and I want them readily available to me. The free market provides this, as we pay for our insurance. I see no good in "Universal Healthcare."

    What I would love to see, as a compromise, is a government subsidized program which allows citizens to choose a reasonably priced insurer (based on an income scale.) Then the person could choose the insurance that best fits them, and go with it. This would solve the problem of un-covered citizens, provide more jobs in the insurance field, and give the health system a furthur healthy boom in business. Also, with readily available insurance, hopefully the er's would clear out of people with a hangnail.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 8:50 PM on Mar. 7, 2009

  • Pro: everybody would, at least theoretically be covered.

    Con: it would be a government program, and anything managed by the gov't is prone to loopholes and mismanagement.

    The gov't would tell you which doctor you could go to and when, what medicines s/he could prescribe for you and the doctor would have no incentive to treat you better for fear of you changing providers, because s/he gets paid the same if he sees 15 or 25 patients a day. And you couldn't change doctors anyway.

    If the gov't decided that you were too old or too otherwise fragile to waste taxpayer's resources on, you would simply be denied more aggressive treatment.

    Waiting times would be somewhere beyond horrible and certain diseases needing swift intervention, such as some fast-growing cancers, etc. would fall through the cracks and patients would die.

    Socialized medicine does not and never has worked in any country before.
    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 8:59 PM on Mar. 7, 2009

  • Cant really say there are many "pros" to it. If you really look into the socialized health care programs in other countries you will see people dying of treatable cancers and other diseases because either that treatment isnt covered OR they werent able to get to a dr in time. Any time you get the government involved in something its doesnt get better, it gets worse. Look at public education. As a whole it sucks, and kids are slipping through the cracks every where. There are ways to bring down health care costs and insurance costs other than socializing it.
    abbynzachsmommy

    Answer by abbynzachsmommy at 9:13 PM on Mar. 7, 2009


  • Pro's: Everyone covered,


    Health care costs cause a bankruptcy ever 30 seconds in America, about 1.5 million will lose their homes this year alone doe to health care costs


    Health care costs have risen at 4 times a faster rate than income


    We are the only industrialized nation without it...and our health has declined steeply compared to the rest of the industrialized nations.


    Universal health care makes it a priority for preventative medicine, as doctors are rewarded for the good health of their patients


    It puts doctors on a salary, NOT a per patient pay, which encourages docs to take so many patients that they dont even KNOW who YOU are


    Drug Companies lose their grip.....You will NO longer see a sales rep every time you go to the doctors office offering the doctors free samples of the latest "it" drug


     

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:22 PM on Mar. 7, 2009

  • sweet-a-kins you are an idiot. Do a little research.


    Health care costs cause a bankruptcy ever 30 seconds in America, about 1.5 million will lose their homes this year alone doe to health care costs


    According to http://www.uscourts.gov/Press_Releases/2008/BankruptcyFilingsAug2008.cfm there were 976,776 TOTAL non business bankruptcies filed for year 2008.  A bankruptcy every 30 seconds equals 1,051,800 per year TOTAL.  The numbers don't add up.  Check factcheck.org. 


    Everyone covered.  The government will decide who with what condition is worthy.


     




     

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:59 PM on Mar. 7, 2009

  • Pros - Yes everyone gets healthcare. Even those idiots who go to the ER for a splinter, which raise out taxes even more. Entitlement would rise along with costs.

    Cons - Ever been in the military? your healthcare is dictated to you. no say, choice, options, etc. On top of that, you get what you get for doctors.

    thundernlight

    Answer by thundernlight at 10:00 PM on Mar. 7, 2009

  • more to sweet-a-kins


    It puts doctors on a salary, NOT a per patient pay, which encourages docs to take so many patients that they dont even KNOW who YOU are.  Who wants to spend YEARS in school and tons of money to be told how much you can charge?


    Drug companies lose their grip.  The office I go to gives the samples to their patients that can't afford medicine or don't have insurance.

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:05 PM on Mar. 7, 2009

  • FURTHERMORE, has anybody stopped to think what happens when an industry is nationalized? It is TAKEN AWAY from the people that own it! So sorry, it is ours now.... A large part of the health care industry is owned by stockholders. Stocks aren't just owned by the rich. Stocks are held in pensions and 401k's too. How many people will lose even more of their savings or retirement.

    The governement can't run medicare for crying out loud....or social security. What makes people think this will work?


    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:05 PM on Mar. 7, 2009

  • sweet-a-kins you are an idiot. Do a little research....YOUR AN IDIOT


    Medical Bills Leading Cause of Bankruptcy, Harvard Study Finds








    February 3, 2005
    Illness and medical bills caused half of the 1,458,000 personal bankruptcies in 2001, according to a study published by the journal Health Affairs.

    Bankruptcy Bill
    • Senate Passes MBNA's Bankruptcy Bill
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    • Medical Bills Leading Cause of Bankruptcy, Harvard Study Finds


    The study estimates that medical bankruptcies affect about 2 million Americans annually -- counting debtors and their dependents, including about 700,000 children.

    Surprisingly, most of those bankrupted by illness had health insurance. More than three-quarters were insured at the start of the bankrupting illness. However, 38 percent had lost coverage at least
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:06 PM on Mar. 7, 2009

  • Most of the medical bankruptcy filers were middle class; 56 percent owned a home and the same number had attended college. In many cases, illness forced breadwinners to take time off from work -- losing income and job-based health insurance precisely when families needed it most.

    Families in bankruptcy suffered many privations -- 30 percent had a utility cut off and 61 percent went without needed medical care.

    The research, carried out jointly by researchers at Harvard Law School and Harvard Medical School, is the first in-depth study of medical causes of bankruptcy. With the cooperation of bankruptcy judges in five Federal districts (in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas) they administered questionnaires to bankruptcy filers and reviewed their court records.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:06 PM on Mar. 7, 2009

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