health-care-reformOne the more mind-boggling things about this nation are the fact is while our healthcare system is in an ok place, it’s nowhere near where it should be. One party in this nation wants to expand or keep on the highly positive impacts of the Affordable Care Act, while another wants to completely admonish it. This resistance to what should be common sense is what holds us back from reaching our full potential as a nation. We are not talking about sending our money to something sketchy, but to something wholesome and pure. How there is a debate on whether or not we should all have healthcare is preposterous. Healthcare should be seen as a right for all Americans. We are far behind other nations in healthcare. While we may have a great deal of technology it appears capital is more important than people’s lives. Thirty-two of the thirty-three of the major developed nations have some for of universal health care while here in the United States we are debating whether or not to repeal a system which has uninsured Americans below 10%. While I will admit there are flaws with the Affordable Care Act, repealing it is not an option, and we deserve better, but due to opposition, this is still the best we can do.

According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, 75% of Americans are in favors of keeping the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in place. The only stipulation most Americans have is if they can make it better. This is the closest we have been to a universal system in the history of this nation, and we can not look back now after making progress. 67% of Americans top priorities are interested in lowering the amount individuals pay for health care. 61% of Americans wants lowered perscription drug prices.

All across Europe as well as Canada are perfect examples of how we could improve our healthcare system in this nation. However, our insurance is driven by overly capitalistic thoughts, healthcare is not an industry it’s a basic necessity.

Country  Type of System
Norway Single Payer
New Zealand Multi-Payer
Japan Single Payer
Germany Insurance Mandate
Belgium Insurance Mandate
United Kingdom Single Payer
Kuwait Single Payer
Sweden Single Payer
Bahrain Single Payer
Brunei Single Payer
Canada Single Payer
Netherlands Multi-Payer
Austria Insurance Mandate
United Arab Emirates Single Payer
Finland Single Payer
Slovenia Single Payer
Denmark Multi-Payer
Luxembourg Insurance Mandate
France Multi-Payer
Australia Multi-Payer
Ireland Multi-Payer
Italy Single Payer
Portugal Single Payer
Cyprus Single Payer
Greece Insurance Mandate
Spain Single Payer
South Korea Insurance Mandate
Iceland Single Payer
Hong Kong Multi-Payer
Singapore Multi-Payer
Switzerland Insurance Mandate
Israel Multi-Payer
United States Insurance Mandate

Most of you are looking wondering what some of these terms mean. There are three basic types of universal programs out there single payer, two-tier, and insurance mandate. In single payer its a system which is a plan which is where the government covers the vast majority of the costs, but there is an option for a small co-pay. Multi-payer is one where the government covers the basics for free and the remaining portions are up to the citizen to purchase on their own. Then there is government mandate which requires all citizens to purchase health insurance. It’s similar to the Affordable Care Act, and while the system works we can do better than this program.

We have to get it through to our politicians that the Affordable Care Acts is the bare minimum in terms of policies go. Now I know the Obama Administration hoped for more, but now have to demand more. Not only do we need to push to keep the affordable care act, but we need to push to continue to build on it.

We have a couple of perfect examples around us on how we could craft this system. Healthcare is one of the reasons we need to fight for a system for all Americans because if not millions of people become at risk of dying or on the verge of doing so. Why should we have a system where people debate going to the doctor because they are sick, making their illness worse because they feared the cost.

Now here’s the thing I don’t quite understand though is the vast majority of Americans support the Affordable Care Act or something better, yet many Republicans seem to want to go back to a system of nothing. How does this make sense? People in our country, the greatest nation in the world, would not go to the doctor because of the cost. Even worse, far too often were kids not getting the care they needed because of the cost. I know there are people in this nation who do not want an abundance of government, personally, I am not one of them, but this should be a basic mentality to have healthcare. It’s beneficial for all Americans. Healthcare in my view should be on of the 5-10 things which are a no brainer.

We can go about our lives thinking we are bullet proof, and accidents happen, people get sick. It’s all something we eventually will need. It’s an issue which a percentage of the population does not understand which is precisely why we need to continue to push this on our public servants. Perfect examples in the video above and below how some of our representatives do not necessarily fully grasp the issue at hand.


One thought on “Why Is Healthcare Even a Debate?

  1. Thank you Anne – This looks great and I will have a watch. I certainly take your point that it is hard to be assertive when the pace is fast, especially during chats … but I wonder if this leads us to keep quiet or agree with the consensus ? I think your point on learning to assess and critique information via this media as we would with any other is spot on


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