Should the U.S. Government Do More to Provide Health Insurance for Americans?

Health insurance has been a frequently discussed topic during the lead up to the election, especially given COVID-19’s impact on our society. Conservatives and liberals offer competing visions for what health insurance in the U.S. should look like, and the debate will surely continue after the election.

Those who support the U.S. government doing more to provide health insurance for Americans argue that since health insurance is so closely tied to human life, it should be considered a right. Therefore, the federal government has a responsibility to ensure that all Americans have health insurance. This side may also argue that during the global pandemic, the health of many Americans has been put in danger. This requires further federal involvement to provide everyone with insurance.

Those who oppose the U.S. government doing more to provide health insurance for Americans argue that health insurance is not a right, but rather an entitlement that the government can give or take away as it pleases. They may argue that it is not only unconstitutional for the federal government to provide health insurance for Americans, but that it would be much more economically efficient if private companies competed with each other to provide the highest quality insurance for the lowest price.

So, what do you think? Should the U.S. Government do more to provide health insurance for Americans? Students can answer Yes, it should; No, it should not; or a nuanced answer in-between!

Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:

-Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner

-Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers

-Are expressed in cohesive sentences and are free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors

-They address counter-arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner

-They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly

Current Standings:
Yes: 67%
No: 33%
  • Amelia from Texas

    I believe that some form of health insurance should be given to everyone. People are dying because they cant afford to get the help that they need and the government could do something about it. The fact the diabetics have to ration insulin because they cant afford to buy and use it properly is devastating. The government doesn’t have to provide the best health insurance with a $100 deductible, but there should be some kind of coverage for all.

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    • sabria from Texas

      i agree with this statement there are taxes and expensive prices on pretty much everything in the us i think people should not have to worry about their health.It just adds to the system that makes the richer and the poor more poor

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  • Daniela from New York

    I strongly believe the government should do more to provide health insurance for Americans because Americans have the right to this plan and the governments job is to protect the people and make sure they are stable. Right now many people are dying because of COVID and if all Americans had health insurance, then more people can get checked for their health and prevent death rises in the country.

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  • Ainsley from Oklahoma

    Providing health insurance should be a priority for the government. Health insurance saves many lives, as it gives the money to people who need medical treatment to live. Especially with the coronavirus, insurance has never been so important. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in need of health insurance. Providing it to them all, can be expensive.

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  • Samantha from Virginia

    The U.S. Government should do more to give Americans Health Insurance. We as Ameircans have to not only worry about our health, but we have to also worry about the exorbitant prices of Health Insurance. I believe that the U.S. Government places huge prices on Health Insurance. We shouldn’t have to pay extra out of pocket just to live happy, healthy lives.
    This doesn’t only go for young Americans, but this goes for elderly Americans as well. The elderly Americans have to already worry about health conditions. They do not need any more worry than they already have. Americans have to worry about exceeding prices now more than ever.
    We as Americans shouldn’t have to worry about paying more out of pocket, rather than less out of pocket. It is just not right. I think the U.S. Government should do more to lessen the prices of Health Insurance so we don’t have to worry. Worry can lead to unhealthy conditions because if you worry, your heart tends to race. Americans now have to panic because they are paying exorbitant prices just to live happy, healthy lives.
    That’s where the U.S. Government can choose to step in and lower Health Insurance prices. Health Insurance costs so much, that we Americans cannot afford it. As a result, we get little to no Health Insurance. I believe that the U.S. Government should lower the prices of Health Insurance so we can afford it. That way, we can have better, healthy lives.
    In conclusion, I think that the U.S. Government should do more to give Health Insurance to Americans. The U.S. Government, I believe, places high prices on Health Insurance. We as Americans have to now worry about paying exorbitant prices for Health Insurance. It is just not right. That’s what I think the U.S. Government should do for Health Insurance and why. Do you think that the U.S. Government should do more to give Health Insurance to Americans? Why or why not?

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  • hayden from Oklahoma

    I believe that the government should do more to give health insurance for us citizens. It’s important to have that opportunity because it can save lives. Also, with COVID-19 healthy insurance should be prioritized to save people. Although this is great for us, it can be very expensive.

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  • Colin from Texas

    I think that healthcare is a basic human right because you need access to affordable healthcare to live. If the government were to provide an effective healthcare system to all americans then they would be providing a basic right similar to the freedom of speech and religion because this issue is so tightly interlinked with a person’s life, happiness, and freedom. This should be publicly funded similar to public schools and roads.

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    I think that healthcare is a basic human right because you need access to affordable healthcare to live. If the government were to provide an effectiv…

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  • Arya from Texas

    Many people have pre-existing conditions that put a burden on them and who let alone can’t pay for any medical bills. Health insurance should be much more affordable and not cause a burden for innocent people who have cancer or any pre-existing condition.

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  • Marisa from Texas

    I believe some form of health insurance should be given to everyone. There are many people dying because they cant afford health insurance.

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  • Inez from Texas

    It has been proven more now during the pandemic than ever that there needs to be more healthcare provided for American citizens. The lack of healthcare support has resulted in the deaths of many who are unable to pay for the medical help they need.

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  • Jibrl from Texas

    Health care is a human right. Being able to live another day should not be a privilege, something that can be taken away when you don’t have enough money or the resources to get the health you need. The fact people think that a healthy life should come with a string attached is messed up.

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  • Jake from Texas

    I believe people should be able to access affordable health care but not to the point it is costing the country billions to provide free healthcare. There are many americans who cannot afford health care and i think we should be able to provide to them in some way but I also believe things like free healthcare would only hurt our country

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  • Sequoiyah from Texas

    Healthcare should be more affordable and accessible to all because there are so many people who require care and treatment but just don’t have the money to make it happen. When the Costitution and DOI were written, it was not written with the mind set that things like cancer, covid-19, and other illnesses would come to plague us. And now that they have were unprepared, as are the people who grow in environments where it is harder to access things, and to make money. I suggest really looking into lowering the spending cost that the police force has, because after discovering how much they’re taken care of in comparison to other areas in America, they definitely have enough to spread around. Distributing that I think could really help the Healthcare system, even if it doesn’t become affordable to all, the equipment and the materials used could be made better with the money, which I think is a win within itself.

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  • Laura from Texas

    I believe that healthcare should be accessible to everyone. The world we live in today has become so incredibly obsessed with profit margins and money that they forget that there are people living in extreme situations of poverty and the idea of helping these people out is seen as letting them get away with being lazy. If you look at other countries across the world we see examples of universal healthcare that work. Some of them being countries like Switzerland, Taiwan, Great Britain. In particular, Taiwan chose to examine other countries including the United States to perfect their healthcare system for their population. The idea of Universal Healthcare is very much do-able it just depends on how willing our government is to push for it to be available to everyone, depending on how much they really CARE about each individual they claim to.

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  • Laya from Texas

    The Declaration of Independence states that every human being has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Healthcare is a right that falls under life – every citizen in the United States should have an equal right to live. At this moment, the States does not provide equal healthcare opportunities – we struggle with extremely high costs of life-saving medicine and professional treatment. Why should the rich have a better chance of surviving than the poor? If the government steps in to provide for better healthcare, they will not be forcing every American to comply. Again – they will NOT be forcing Americans to pick a government healthcare. This provision would help those who want free healthcare without ties to their jobs or social status. Free healthcare only ensures that every American has a right to life.

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  • Brody from Oklahoma

    I believe that people should get better health insurance because it is negatively affecting a lot of people. Our basic human rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are being ignored if you have to pay large amounts of money for health care. There have been interviews in other countries where they asked how much an ER visit would be in the US, and the people they interviewed were surprised at how much it cost. I definitely am not saying it should be entirely free, but right now any visit to the doctors is insanely expensive. I just think they should work to reduce the cost or help the people to have easily accessible medical care.

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  • Hershey from Texas

    We are all Americans. We comr from all walks of life. Therefore, each one of us have our own challeneges and that challenege could be a health one.OUr country must understand that a large handful of Americans fear and avoid going to the hosptal as they know they will not be able to pay off the visit. You may believe “then that person did not work hard enough”. You have understand that everyone has their own story and currently we are also fighting for a minimum wage. It is all a domino effect. Right now with the instability of health insurance people are struggling. Healthcare is a right. I ask you to be open minded and put yourself in shoes that humble you and realize there is an issue that may not be affecting you but is a major problem to many seeking help.

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  • Vincent from North Carolina

    The US government should be involved in the healthcare system because that is the only guaranteed way of proper health care being provided to people that are impoverished and have no way of obtaining health insurance otherwise. However, because of the capitalist system of the healthcare system as well as other aspects of the economy, providing health insurance to a lot of people can severely impact our budget and increase our national debt and deficit spending, which will have a huge impact on this current generation as well as future generations. The US government should indirectly play a role in providing healthcare to Americans through many ways:such as educating and requiring students at school to perform healthy exercises and other healthful actions (such as fining people for vaping and requiring them to perform community services that can further help the school community, and raising a school farm that can be a part of the initiative that feed impoverished children, helping them rely less on canned, packaged.and junk food, which can cause them to rely on public health insurance in the future). The government should also find innovative ways to improve the costs of medical equipments and other medical supplies, which can cheapen healthcare overall. The FDA should also lessen their regulations of the healthcare industry in certain areas and the Department of Health and Services should pass laws on the ability of the patient to sue (which is one of the major rising costs on healthcare) and the legal amount of money the healthcare settings can charge patients due to their background information and the amount of income they earn.

    The US government can limit and reduce the amount of dependents on public healthcare through the use of its farming subsidies and educational requirement structures. This can be done through purchasing surplus crop food from the farmers as well as their seeds and distributing them to community centers and schools itself, which can use the seeds to grow gardens that can help improve the quality of the impoverished lives better through cultivating crops or sell the crops to commuters in order to fund and expand the gardens, helping to increase the amount of food that is available to the needy and the poor. These centers can also distribute the healthy food to impoverished individuals, helping to lessen their dependence on processed food, which is less healthier and contains more calories but cheaper, due to the mass production and mass buying method of the distributor. This can help lessen their impact on the Medicaid budget, because they will be consuming healthier food, which will lessen their chances of acquiring conditions such as heart diseases, cancer, and obesity which is contributed to the food that is processed in factories. The government should also be using GMOs to insure a steady food supply that is healthy because while GMOs contain different genetic materials than a “normal” plant, their genes are altered to provide more nutrients and faster growing time, improving the quality and quantity of the crops itself, which will then benefit the consumers, helping to wean them off the cheap processed food.

    The US government should also fund contracts for technological companies in order to obtain better medical equipment that cost less than the previous ones. This will help reduce medical bills as these equipments are more available and are easier to use and will be cheaper to manufacture. This will require less training, which can help cut down the costs of healthcare itself as the staff’s salary won’t be as large. Having the FDA enact measures to de-regulate drugs and trials to some degree can reduce the cost of healthcare as bureaucratic processes will consume more money and slow down the time it takes to finish developing the products, making them more expensive to obtain.

    Having the DHHS and SSA enact measures that regulate the maximum cost of healthcare can allow the government to provide more people with Medicaid as the costs of it resulting from a capitalistic market system is one of the main reasons why the Affordable Care Acts is so unpopular.They should enact a measure stating that a person of certain income can only be charged a certain amount of money (such as a person with the income of $25,000 a year should only be charged 10-15 % of this income) while the person of a higher income can be charged a larger amount of money( such as a person who earns $250,000 a year can should be charged 20-25% of this income). This will help make costs more balanced and more egalitistic. The government can also allow hospitals to harvest and sell stem cells to companies in order to help reduce the cost of medical bills while contributing to scientific research that can further help lower the costs of medical treatments in the future. Hospitals should also be allowed to have it’s own farm, in order to reduce the meal costs of a patient’s stay in hospital or to sell them to help fund needy patients health costs.

    All these ideas can reduce the cost of medical bills, allowing the government to include more people needing healthcare insurance to be included in the program. Also, these solutions can help insurance companies to increase their appeals to other people, as they don’t have to spend much more money while attracting more customers, increasing their profits. Having companies winning government contracts can further help increase competition to have a much more improved and innovative technology that can cost far less and is cheaper to produce. The resulting mass demands will further increase jobs, allowing more competition to take place with more innovative technologies being developed.

    https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/eating-highly-processed-foods-linked-weight-gain#:~:text=When%20people%20ate%20a%20diet,identifying%20and%20eating%20healthy%20foods.
    https://mises.org/wire/how-government-regulations-made-healthcare-so-expensive#:~:text=Other%20factors%20that%20also%20contributed,in%20electronic%20and%20mechanical%20devices.

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  • Turner from Oklahoma

    I do believe that the government should do more to provide people with health care. I think it’s great that we get health insurance, but you only get one life. Many people can’t afford to pay for health care. Especially during this global pandemic, people are struggling to afford health care for many people with this virus. I believe that if the government did a little more to provide people with health care, it could go a long way. Many families would be very happy and relieved if the government did more to provide health care.

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  • Gavin from Oklahoma

    People need healthcare in this time, more people are dying in the US than in any other country and healthcare would lower that by a lot.

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  • Rayna from Texas

    Healthcare should not be treated as something only the privileged have, such as designer clothing or mansions, but as a necessity, such as food and shelter. Currently, due to the pandemic, countless people have lost their jobs, and consequently, lost their health insurance. However, one’s health shouldn’t be dependent on how much money they have or whether they currently have a job, health insurance should be provided to all, regardless of whether they can afford it.

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  • Aitana from Texas

    The US government should definitely provide more healthcare for Americans because many cannot afford even a check-up, and because countries that have healthcare provided to them have healthier populations. In a global pandemic, especially, people deserve to know that whatever happens to them, they will be well-taken care of in a hospital without the fear of paying thousands of dollars in bills. Countries like Germany, France, and Japan, pay taxes so that everyone in the country is able to go to the hospital if they need it. If America were to ditch its selfish, capitalist approach to healthcare, and adopt the method that many countries all over the world use, our population would be healthier and happier.

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  • Ian from New York

    Healthcare is a human right. It is necessary for the preservation of other rights. Without it, the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness cannot be sustained. But in the status quo, tens of thousands of Americans die each year due to lack of health insurance. Deciding whether one has the right to life or not, purely based on their income, is a crime against humanity.

    It’s absolutely critical that the United States do more to provide health insurance for Americans, just like the rest of the entire developed world. Although it’s horrific that the wealthiest nation on earth leaves its tired and its poor completely vulnerable, that doesn’t mean the situation can’t change.

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  • Shouri from Texas

    In the time of COVID-19, it matters now more than ever that all Americans have access to secure healthcare.

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  • Austin from Oklahoma

    So, philosophically I think it is a basic human right to have health care. Thus, the government should have some form of healthcare. By looking at this problem at its very basic structure we can see through the lens of utilitarianism that if more people are alive and healthy, then that is better. Plus, in my opinion, it is unethical to not have healthcare for disadvantaged people. This is of course on the surface level of how universal healthcare works, but it may be the most effective way of looking at it.

    Now, in real-life I agree that this system would be hard to implement. There are a few ways of going about government-funded healthcare though. The first and most obvious option is to raise taxes. This seems to be the worst option though because it defeats the purpose of having healthcare so that disadvantaged families could afford it. Another option is to keep the taxes the same, but reduce healthcare costs as a whole. This would entail having equipment retailers, hospitals, healthcare providers, and any other body that controls healthcare to lower their prices because healthcare is heavily overpriced. Idealistically this could work, but it is not the most realistic approach. This is because it would be difficult for the federal government to control those aforementioned entities since they do not hold jurisdiction over them. The last solution that they could use is to siphon the money that tax dollars are already going to into healthcare. I don’t know much about government spending, but to my knowledge, it would make the most sense to take away money from the military because of the sheer quantity and the relative importance of the money spent on it. This is the most plausible fix with it only having a few negative implications.

    So, although it would be difficult for the government to pull off healthcare for all, it is completely feasible. This would have many implications on our country, and I believe that most of them would be positive. The main issue that we have to take away is that we have to find a middle ground in our country. We cannot solve our issues unless we come together and compromise.

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  • William from Oklahoma

    The government should do more to help Americans afford healthcare. Health insurance is an important thing to have and without the government’s help there isn’t much that people who can’t afford it can do. The government should help to reduce the cost of healthcare and provide health insurance, but the government shouldn’t just give free healthcare to everyone.

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  • Artem from Illinois

    Undeniably, the American healthcare system needs reform. The quality of healthcare is for the most part high, but unfortunately, this quality is not accessible by every American. As a result, we keep hearing alarming statistics, like the US having one of the highest infant mortality rates in the developed world (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html), lower life expectancy than comparable countries (https://www.healthsystemtracker.org/chart-collection/u-s-life-expectancy-compare-countries/#item-le_life-expectancy-at-birth-in-years-2017_dec-2019-update), or 62% of American bankruptcies being caused by medical costs (https://www.thebalance.com/medical-bankruptcy-statistics-4154729). These numbers are unacceptable, and the only way to fix them is to rebuild the system from the ground up. Many would argue that healthcare in most first-world countries may be free at the point of use, but their taxes are much higher. While their taxes are indeed higher, they still pay less for health services. Norway, for instance, spends only 10% of their GDP on healthcare while providing coverage to every citizen. US, on the other hand, spends 17% of their GDP, while somehow maintaining a private insurance system! (https://www.statista.com/statistics/268826/health-expenditure-as-gdp-percentage-in-oecd-countries/). US healthcare expenditure is the highest in the world by all metrics: as an absolute number, as percentage of the GDP, and as spending per capita. Paradoxically, making healthcare free at the point of service might actually decrease American taxes, not increase them. This absurdity is caused by the fact that instead of fully reforming the system, many politicians opt in to reach a compromise by providing insurance to those who need it the most (with programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare), while keeping private insurance for everyone else. This, however, results in higher prices for everyone, and expanding the coverage without any systemic change will keep driving the costs up. At the same time, repealing these programs altogether will only exacerbate the aforementioned problems of infant mortality and bankruptcy by leaving America’s most vulnerable populations uncovered. As such, the only solution is to remove these programs and instead replace them with a single health insurance coverage for everyone. This will likely alleviate the strain on the federal budget that Medicaid and Medicare are causing, while at the same time making healthcare more affordable and accessible by all Americans. In order to further decrease the federal costs, two things need to be done. First, private insurance should not be banned; if one can afford it and is willing to purchase it, they should be able to do so. This way, a portion of the population will keep using private insurance, and thus the healthcare budget will not be spent on them. Secondly, those with higher incomes should pay a percentage of their healthcare costs by themselves. This system works great in Japan, and it is one of the reasons for their extremely high life expectancy. Depending on the income, the Japanese patient may be responsible for 10%, 20%, or 30% of the service costs, and the government pays the remainder. Japan spends much less on healthcare than the US as a percentage of GDP (11% versus 17% in America), as well as per capita (only $4500 compared to $10,000 in the US), all while maintaining high-quality services. Japanese people do not have to spend a lot on healthcare because medical fees are strictly regulated by the government, but at the same time, hospitals are not directly run by the state, and the patients are free to select facilities and physicians of their choice. Private insurance there coexists with government-provided insurance for those who wish to use it to cover their share of the cost. Japanese taxes, meanwhile, only accounted to about 30% of their GDP, much lower than most Western European countries and only slightly higher than the US’s 24% (https://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/how-do-us-taxes-compare-internationally). Japanese system obviously has some downsides, but no system is perfect. I believe it is much better than what we currently have in America, and if efforts are made to implement it and emulate Japan in this regard, we can greatly improve our healthcare.

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  • Britton from North Carolina

    HealthCare is a nationwide right to the citizens of our country and should be protected by the United States government. Many people have suffered while not being able to have the basic health care that should be provided and the health of Americans should be a major priority. The United States government should do more to provide Healthcare for Americans because it is a right given by the Affordable Care Act and over half our country is in dire need of this right.

    Poverty is a huge problem in our country and according to CNN over ⅔’s of the adults in poverty have disabilities. People who have disabilities are the ones who need health care the most because they will have more doctor’s visits and hospitalizations in their lifetime. It is also very challenging for people with disabilities to find a job where they can strive and make sure they aren’t putting themselves at risk. This creates a problem because for many people they get their healthcare from their place of work. Without help from the government they won’t be able to get the healthcare they need to live a “healthy” life. With the implications that President Trump is hoping to make this would take away the Affordable care act better known Obamacare which is where most of these people find their healthcare. This shows that a major portion of our society needs help from the government not because they don’t want to put in the work for it but because they physically cannot.

    The Affordable Care Act is an implemented law in our country and until it is voted out the country must uphold this law. Former President Barack Obama put this law into our national system during his terms of presidency and it states that based on a families income they will give subsidies to lower the cost of health care stated by HealthCare.gov. This shows that the families are still paying for it but it is at a lower cost that helps them manage their money easier. Many people do not want the government to help provide health care because they are worried about how this would affect their taxes but this shows that families are still paying for what’s being provided for them so if there were to be a tax increase it would only increase slightly. Many people rely on this law in order for their basic medical needs such as yearly doctor visits and taking this away would impact them tremendously.

    This is a major debate in our country and people need to “walk in the other person’s shoes” to see how this could negatively affect them and their health. More importantly it’s the government’s job to look out for the citizens of its country. The U.S. government should do more to help provide healthcare to its citizens because of laws in place and the fact that many people are in situations where they can’t work to get the health care they so desperately need.

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  • Lisette from Oregon

    Yes, The U.S. should do a little more to provide health insurance for Americans. Health care is a right and a matter of social justice, the government should be responsible for ensuring that each and every one of the United States has access to affordable coverage and quality care. They should at least provide better and more health insurance to people who really need it, for example, people who have consistently having to go to the hospital and are really sick. Increased government regulations could prevent health insurers. Rejecting someone for coverage because of pre-existing
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  • Lauren from North Carolina

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    Should the U.S. provide health insurance for Americans? I believe that the U.S. should provide for American families with affordable health insurance. Especially during such a devastating epidemic such as COVID-19 that has affected more than 9.08 million Americans in the United States as of October 29th, 2020. According to the website, washingtonexaminer.com, “The Singapore “Medisave” program, a system of personal medical savings accounts…Established to give families more control over their healthcare spending, the Medisave program allows every resident to set aside a share of their earnings tax-free for the purpose of covering a portion of their medical expenses. For over 35 years, these accounts have proven to not only reduce wasteful government spending but also improve the health of Singapore residents”. I also think it is a necessary measure to take to help people who struggle financially and may not be able to pay for healthcare. For COVID-19, programs such as Provider Relief Funds supports American families, workers, and the heroic healthcare providers in the battle against the outbreak.The website cnn.com states that, “ Coronavirus survivors will also have a lifelong pre-existing condition that, if the Affordable Care Act is overturned, insurance companies could use against them to deny coverage”.Many recipients of healthcare are impoverished and aren’t able to sum up the money to take care of themselves. By giving them the opportunity to receive healthcare, they can contribute to society. To this effect Obamacare achieved this, but businesses are cutting employee hours to avoid covering employees. Businesses have also been forced to close or go out of business due to the needed precautions and lack of employees.Thus further proving that without affordable healthcare, it can dramatically affect the economy. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, low income families have faced an income shock. Other examples of the virus’ influence being material hardships, food insecurity and difficulty paying bills. Although others are opposed to the idea of free healthcare because they believe it will cause the U.S. to go into debt, I believe that it will greatly benefit the economy.

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  • Maci from North Carolina

    Have you ever been hospitalized or had to go get a routine check up at the doctors office? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then another question is did you have health care that either covered the cost or covered part of the cost? If you answered yes to that question again then you are one of the lucky ones. Many Americans dont have the luxury of having health care and it is something that the country should provide for everyone because the country needs to put it’s citizens first and it is provided under the Affordable Care Act.

    The Affordable Care Act is more well known as Obamacare and allows people to have the necessities needed under health care such as free annual check up vists at your doctor. Many times health care is provided by your workplace but if you are stuck between jobs then you may not have the option of getting this through your work. According to CNN ⅔’s of people who are in poverty for the long-run have some sort of disability. With having a disability also this makes it very hard for them to find jobs and be able to have this health insurance that they especially need. With Trump and now Supreme Court Judge Amy Barrett both being against the Affordable Care Act and wanting it gone, it would leave the people who suffer from these disabilities very vulnerable. It is our country’s job to look out for its citizens and if we don’t do that, then what does it say about our country as a whole?

    It is well known that our country can’t operate under a one size fits all plan when dealing with the health care issue. According to the Washington Examiner Singapore is run under a “Medisave” program which is a personalized health care. They have had major success with this plan and if we get rid of the Affordable Care Act this is something that they should really investigate doing in our country. It has already been successful in one country so we won’t know if we don’t try in the USA. Many people don’t believe that it is possible for the country to offer healthcare to all one reason being that not everyone’s the same when it comes to this but this is the perfect solution because it’s personalized to the person and how they individually need the care.

    This is a recurring issue in our country and I say it’s time we finally find a solution to it so that thousands of people don’t have to suffer everyday because they don’t have health care. The country should offer health care to its citizens for many reasons, one being that other countries have been able to find solutions to this problem so we already have a guide on maybe how to do it and every person is protected by the Affordable Care Act and the government should recognize that law when taking this all into consideration. This is a pressing issue in our country that our government should take action on before it’s too late.

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  • Cole from North Carolina

    Health insurance is not guaranteed to all Americans by the government. There needs to be a new plan put into place so that healthcare is improved as a whole in the United States. Healthcare should only be provided to citizens who have worked for it and deserve it. Yes, the U.S. government should do more to provide health insurance for Americans by creating a newly proposed healthcare system, but shouldn’t be forced to provide healthcare to all citizens.

    The government needs to create a new healthcare system that is new and improved. Healthcare is something that a person should be able to rely on throughout their life. As said by Anthony Gonzalez in an article from the Washington Examiner, “One built around families, not the government, and that puts patients in charge of deciding how their own healthcare dollars are spent”. This new way of healthcare would largely benefit citizens all over the United States. Letting patients manage their own money in the healthcare industry would help to make most people happy. Citizens should also be able to choose where they want their account money to go. According to Anthony Gonzalez in an article from the Washington Examiner, “By expanding upon the Health and Human Services HRA rule, Americans would be permitted to use their accounts towards the purchase of any type of insurance from their employer, their spouse’s employer, or the health insurance marketplace”. Americans would be able to choose what kinds of things they want happening in their healthcare plan, without being shut down or unable to do what they want. This new healthcare plan could reduce prices, improve the overall health care that is given to Americans, and can help families make better healthcare decisions.

    The government should not be forced to provide healthcare for all Americans. Americans without healthcare shouldn’t be able to just sit around and be given healthcare, they should have to earn and work for it, like almost all Americans. Stated as a con to healthcare by Britannica, “The purpose of the US Constitution, as stated in the Preamble, is to “promote the general welfare, not to provide it”. To be able to live a normal life in the United States, Americans have to most of the time have healthcare. These people have earned it, unlike some who think that promoting general welfare means providing it. A person doesn’t deserve to be provided healthcare if they have done nothing to be able to obtain it. Higher taxes could be a problem if healthcare is provided for everyone. To make up for free healthcare, other Americans would have to pay higher taxes in order to be able to provide to everyone. According to Paul R. Gregory, a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, in a Britannica article, “financing a universal right to health care in the United States would cause payroll taxes to double”. Americans who pay taxes would not be very happy about this situation in the doubling of taxes. Some Americans could go into debt as a result of increased taxes, which would not be good for the United States’ economy.

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  • Leslie from Oregon

    In my opinion Health care is a right, and as a matter of social justice, it should be the responsibility of the government to ensure that every individual has a right. Health care is a right and as a matter of social justice, the government should be responsible for making sure that every American has access to affordable coverage and quality care.

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  • Reid from Oklahoma

    However assisted healthcare would be expensive, it is necessary. Healthcare would make access to medical assistance much easier which could lives. Healthcare is especially beneficial at the moment because of the deadly pandemic.

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  • Eleanor from Oklahoma

    The government should increase health-care insurance for Americans because too many people get sick and aren’t able to afford health-care, thus infecting others. This is extremely detrimental at the moment, due to the spread of Covid-19. I think we should take a bit of money from the military budget, at least for now, since no one is going to attack another country while there is a plague going around. If we don’t have healthy people, there is no way we could have a healthy military.

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  • Sophia from Kansas

    Yes, I do believe that the government should do more to provide health insurance for Americans. Now that we have Covid and there are other illnesses out there that are getting worse anyone could get them, and there are people out there who don’t have health insurance who are sick and some are even dying. I’m a very generous person, and when I see someone sick or someone on the streets I try my best to help them and I feel like the government should do something and help them get the medical attention they need.

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  • Kamisha from Kansas

    Yes i feel like the US should provide more heath care epically since covid-19. There are a lot more people getting sick and winter is coming up also so it will be many more sick people around. Health Care is not cheap, the goverment should try to make it easy for all of us in case some thing happens.

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  • alex from Kansas

    I feel like yes especially now, at least do a thing like rainy days funds or something or in this case When a pandemic such as the corona virus happens be open to ideas such as doing what Canada does and give everyone free health insurance where when they need medical attention they dont gotta worry about being denied and possibly dying, I feel like the government should help in times like this where people that have small families or dont have the money to support them or themselves dont have to worry about there loved ones getting sick and not able to get the help they need. in conclusion the government should help the people that helped them in anyway they can

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  • Cassandra from Kansas

    because there are poor people, maybe not a lot, that need medical health and can’t afford their medical needs. i think they should at least help the children in need, since they cannot work for themselves

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  • Hannah from Kansas

    Most people cant actually afford good health insurance, especially those with severe health needs, and at least where I live, most places don’t actually take state insurance. and those that do, it doesn’t help as much as we need it to, or we have to fight with them to get what we need.

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  • Donovan from Kansas

    the problem with “free” healthcare is higher taxes

    Solution: tax evasion

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  • Deanna from New York

    The U.S. Government should do more to provide Health Insurance for Americans because quality care services is important for promoting and maintaining health. There are a lot of Social Determinants in Healthcare, and the least the government can do is to minimize the cost that people will have to pay. If the U.S. government can spend at least $900 billion dollars for the military in which people can get hurt and lose their lives, why can’t they do the same when it comes to health insurance. There are a lot of veterans who can’t afford proper medications for their certain illness that they got when they were in the military. In other European countries, everyone has a free health insurance even if you are just a foreigner. How come a nation that is powerful can’t able to help most of it’s citizens. Instead of using the money in defense, why can’t the U.S. government use it for the well being of the Americans. Therefore, the U.S. Government should do more to provide health insurance for Americans since without these people, the government wouldn’t have any money in the first place.

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  • Adam from North Carolina

    Health insurance has been a frequently discussed topic during the lead up to the election, especially given COVID-19’s impact on our society. Although I might be minor and I don’t have to deal with healthcare yet I believe healthcare is one of the most important things we have in our societies today. healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, or cure of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in people. Health care is delivered by health professionals and allied health fields. Without health care many Americans can not get the treatment they need for illnessess. This is why I believe that the United States government should do more to make healthcare accesible to all American citizens. In an article by ProCon it states that it is in our founding documents to have support for health care to all citizens. The Declaration of Independence states that all men have unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, which necessarily entails having the health care needed to preserve life and pursue happiness. The purpose of the US Constitution, as stated in the Preamble, is to promote the general welfare of the people. This can be taken that the document writers intended healthcare to be provided by the government. According to another article by NCBI on the matter there is no question whether the United States can or cannot make affordable health insurance available to all its residents. It can. Most Americans, approximately 86%, have health insurance provided by their employer or self-insurance through the private market. The challenge involves covering the 39 million Americans who find it difficult to obtain affordable health insurance. The American College of Physician and the American Society of Internal Medicine has developed an innovative proposal to expand coverage in stages over 7 years. While it represents only one organization’s views, the concepts underlying the plan deserve consideration as a possible congressional strategy to achieve universal coverage. This shows that it is possible to do it and the government should take the strategy into consideration. In conclusion I believe that all citizens should have the opportunity for healthcare and it should not depend on their financial status.

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  • Cate from North Carolina

    Right now, the debate on healthcare in America is a thriving topic. Healthcare is one of the many prominent issues that can swing a voter on the candidate that they will support in the election. The question is, how much provided healthcare is a “right,” and how much is a privilege that someone should have to pay for? Well, I believe that every person deserves the right to have access to some kind of healthcare with help from the government because our government’s responsibility is to protect our nation, and by that the people within the nation, and ensure their safety.

    Do you think that people deserve to just sit around and wait for their impending death even if there is a way that they could fight back? I don’t. But that is the sad reality of America, people can’t afford to treat their disease, so they just have to wait for the inevitable. That’s not fair – we say that everyone is equal, and that everyone deserves the same opportunities and to be treated the same – so why doesn’t this extend to the American people’s health? It should. And this means having government officials who will ensure the safety and health of the American people, and try and help provide healthcare for those who can’t afford it. Just recently, a new Supreme Court Judge, Amy Coney Barrett, was sworn in and appointed a seat. Her appointment is very controversial for many reasons – her past rulings, how close the election is, and her stance on certain issues – for example, healthcare. She, as well as president Trump have expressed disapproval of the Affordable Health Care Act, and there is a hearing for whether or not it should be maintained on November 10. In a CNN article, writer and worker on disability policy Rebecca Cokley talks about why the ACA is essential to the wellbeing of Americans. She mentions the effects that the act’s repeal would have on families with disabled peoples, saying “Further, removing the ACA’s provision for young adults, who are able to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, would put an enormous burden on the ability of disabled young people to stay in school and receive specialized services and supports.” Cokley mentions a very essential point of the Affordable Care Act – it allows people to stay on their parents’ healthcare until the age of 26. Think about it like this: say you are from an average family, and you don’t have an excessive amount of money to be comfortable with medical expenses in America. If this act is repealed, that would require you to pay for your own health insurance once you hit eighteen. Most people aren’t going to be able to find a stable job right at eighteen that would provide them with a proper amount of health insurance, so if they were to get in an accident and sent to the hospital, how would they pay for it? I plan on going to four year college, and then to med school. If I follow that course, I would have to have a job throughout all of my college career while maintaining classes and expenses just to ensure that I have enough money for insurance, or for just plain regular hospital visits. On the website healthcare.gov, the information given about the ACA and what it does says “The law provides consumers with subsidies (“premium tax credits”) that lower costs for households with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.” This act is made to help the average American household or person, and help make healthcare more manageable. There are so many people who are forced to either not pursue treatment for their diseases, or avoid getting regular checkups because they are afraid that they won’t be able to afford it. People who are diagnosed with different cancers are forced to sit back and wait until their death because they’re not able to afford radiation therapy. How is that fair? The cost of basic health care is something that isn’t even manageable for many Americans.

    Our government’s responsibility is to ensure the health and safety of our nation. What is a nation without its people? There would be no one to govern, and no one to keep the economy stable. The nation’s people shouldn’t have to be afraid to go bankrupt if they get sent to the emergency room just because some of the people in charge of making decisions for our country decided that it isn’t something that they believe in. The people who are deciding whether or not these acts should be kept or repealed, or how much the American person deserves are the wealthy – they’re the people who already have privatized insurance because they can afford it, or their government job ensures it. They’re not the people who need these acts, they have all of their healthcare covered. For the average person, this is not the case. I’ve seen this first hand, last year my dad was getting his blood drawn and he fainted, so they sent him to the emergency room to make sure he was okay. His trip to the emergency room due to fainting cost our family somewhere around one thousand dollars, and that was with insurance. He didn’t even have anything wrong with him, he just hadn’t eaten lunch that day which caused him to be light – headed. People shouldn’t have to pay thousands of dollars for something caused as an action as simple as skipping lunch. The American families and American households deserve to have the same access to healthcare as anyone else – no one person’s life is more valuable than another, so why shouldn’t they all be able to afford the same amount of healthcare? A Washington Examiner opinion article written by Rep. Anthony Gonzalez offers a solution: “…a personalized healthcare system. One built around families, not the government, and that puts patients in charge of deciding how their own healthcare dollars are spent.” Rep. Gonzalez offers the idea of a healthcare system where it’s up to the person where they get their healthcare, and where insurance providers are competing for the family’s money, while offering them what they need – insurance personalized to the people. Now, this idea seems reasonable – you only pay for what you need. While this is true, re-determining the healthcare system of America seems a little challenging, and might be hard to pull off. But, this idea can be incorporated into existing healthcare and insurance policies. Families, such as my own, put down monthly money into our insurance, and sometimes never even end up using it. We just lose that money, and then if something does happen, insurance only covers parts of it. The American healthcare system is so fundamentally messed up, that being able to afford to be healthy and to live is considered a privilege. The people should be able to have options, and to receive the care that they need, when they need it. Nobody deserves to die or suffer simply because of something like money.

    The citizens of America deserve to be provided with the healthcare that they need to survive. Nobody should have to subject themselves to a death sentence because they are not able to afford the best healthcare available. People deserve to be able to go to the doctors every year and do their regular checkups to make sure that they’re in good health, and that they don’t have some terrible disease or problem that you wouldn’t be able to notice on your own. Being healthy and staying alive is a human right, and if you truly believe that every person is equal, and everyone deserves to live, then you should fight for the rights of every person to have the access to the healthcare that they need, and that they deserve.

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  • Aryan from Texas

    Every American has a right to their “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and one of the ways to achieve those fundamental rights are for every American to have access to healthcare that doesn’t break the bank. According to CNBC, “an estimated 22 percent of the population has missed a consultation because they could not afford it.” In two graph published by the Commonwealth Fund, the average spending per Medicare beneficiary in 2018 was $9,847 while the average spending for premium cost for employer-sponsored health insurance plans in 2018 was $16,242. Medicare’s cost was half of the employer-sponsored health insurance while providing similar coverage. Private insurance are for-profit groups which means that they have to turn a profit while government agencies are non-profit groups getting the lowest possible money to meet the price needed to operate the business. Having a government-sponsored healthcare also comes with the added benefit of the government having more leverage to the pharmaceutical companies allowing drug and operation prices to reduce as the government will negotiate with the power of having the largest customer base for the pharmaceutical companies. A nationalized healthcare could be like Social Security in which you are automatically in it and your taxes and all would be like your premium you pay with your insurance. You can have a private provider on top of your government one but the government will pick up the bill if your provider doesn’t.

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  • Daniel from Texas

    I believe that there should be a government funded public healthcare service to insure a fair society in regards to healthcare. A public option would force insurance companies to lower their prices and outrageous medical bills would be eliminated. A government funded option would bring competition to Big Pharma and since it is government funded it would result in decreased cost for medicine and end the sinister practice of profiting of health.

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  • Nirvika from Texas

    HealthCare is a human right. Not only this but we should ban private medicine. In America we place emphasis on ¨The American Dream¨ yet we do not provide the means to achieve such dreams. Good health is the basis of human life, not money. Not only this but it is also unfair that people must work to have healthcare. Regarding private medicine, take insulin for example, the cost of insulin has skyrocketed in the past years because companies have realized that they can profit from peoples illness. With public medicine the government can guarantee medicine at a reasonable cost and regulate prices. Private Medicine is profiting from the sick.

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  • Naina from Texas

    A government can only do so much for its people, but I believe that one of the duties of the government is to provide health insurance; however, I also believe that there should be an option for those who wish to make a different choice based on their needs. According to the US government census, 8.5% of people did not have health insurance in 2018. This may sound like a small number, but 2.75 million people who don’t have health insurance is still greater than the people who didn’t have health insurance in 2017. This trend means that more people in the future will not have health insurance, and I believe the government should provide for these people as many are struggling to treat their health, from every-day doctor’s appointments to severe injuries. Because it is also very difficult to provide for so many people, much less leave them satisfied, no one should be required to use the government’s health care plan, for they should be able to choose the company which best fits their needs. The US government also reports that in 2018, private health covers 67.3% of the population, while public health insurance covers 34.4%. Currently, there are many, many companies assisting in overall and specialized healthcare, and I understand that they would like to keep what works for them. My opinion is considering the people who need a secure health insurance plan- for the people who are have a stable health insurance in which they are satisfied in, the government shouldn’t make it mandatory for all to follow the nation’s policies and ideas. But for those who do need some support, the government should do everything they can to help the people in our country; besides, even if you don’t need it yourself, at least help those who do.

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  • Tanmay from Texas

    I think Health care is a crutial thing for americans and people in general

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  • Nitin from Texas

    The United States Federal Government should do more to prioritize the health of its citizens. According to the World Bank, the United States spends $10,246.14 per person per year on healthcare, the highest in the world. We do all this while receiving a subpar quality of treatment. I believe that the United States should create a public insurance system while curtailing the ability of private insurers to charge exorbitant rates. Furthermore, the Government should work to reduce the price of prescription drugs through patent-breaking and importation. According to the House ways and Means Committee, the U.S. pays $1,220 per per capita annually, while “the average list price per dose was $152.92.” This is compared to Denmark’s spending of $318 per person per year. The United States should not allow drug companies to increase prices for drugs to an unbearable level. It is because I believe that the United States should fix its healthcare problem, that I agree with a universal, public insurance system that covers everyone and is paid for via taxes. The government can negotiate prices and ensure that everyone receives the healthcare they deserve. A common rebuttal is that abolishing private insurance will harm Americas right to choose their doctors. The problem with this argument is that it misses the point that the plan abolishes private insurance, not private doctors. I do not necessarily support abolishing private insurance, supporting a supplemental private insurance program, but the plan would ensure that you could go to any doctor you wished to, not having to worry about out of network expenses. Doctors may see a marginal reduction in income, but this could be offset by providing help for doctors owning private practices, including forgiving their student loans. Ultimately, the United States should ensure that it protects its citizens healthcare over the interest of companies growing rich off the broken healthcare system in the U.S.

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  • Brandon from Texas

    Healthcare should be for all Americans, not just the middle class or upper class but also the lower. Every person should be able to qualify for healthare at this moment because of the spread of coronavirus and the fear of the flu this upcoming winter. Eliminating healthcare would result in millions of jobs being lost and people fearing for their lives. If we keep expanding the Affordable Care Act so it benefits not just one set of people, but all we would have increase in protecting American lives.

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  • Kelsey from Texas

    Yes, of course health insurance should be provided for all Americans. If all people are equal under the eyes of the Constitution, then all people should have equal access to health care. Without this, people can (and are) suffering under a system that refuses to give them the light of day because they aren’t wealthy enough to afford such attention.

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  • Cooper from Texas

    Yes i would absolutely agree that the american health care system needs to do more. for example maybe putting in regulations to make sure they aren’t just patoning the product and selling it for multiple times the price not allowing others to get the affordable healthcare they need. not to mention that if someone you love and support in your family gets diseases such as cancer, suddenly your whole entire life savings go away and frankly that just seems absurd.

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  • patricia from Oregon

    I agree since we have a right to live we should be able to have a more decent quality of healthcare for everyone in the U.S. Our healthcare focus mainly on salary and the position the humane is put in whether your a citizen or an immigrant, offers are not of equality to someone who has more wealth and access to others which makes a border of uneven money distribution.

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  • Keidynce from Colorado

    I would say that it really depends on who it’s for. I feel like people who are struggling with the idea of money should have a little bit of leeway, But for those who are wealthy and have an easier time making money, then they should get a smaller percentage than the people who are less fortunate.

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  • Joe from Kentucky

    Imagine if one of your parents was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Wouldn’t you want them to receive the best medical care in the world? Of course, everyone would want to see their beloved family in the hands of the best doctors in the world, but this is not a reality for all Americans. As of 2020, there are 27 million Americans without health insurance. With astronomical prices for prescription drugs and medical procedures, not everyone can afford the medical treatment to ensure a healthy, prosperous life. Upon hearing diagnosis of an illness, millions of Americans are faced with impossible decisions to make. Americans ask themselves if they should use their paycheck to buy groceries for their family or to buy their prescriptions. These are choices no American should make. Therefore, the United States federal government must increase and expand health insurance options to guarantee that all Americans—regardless of income or pre-existing conditions—have access to the best medical care.
    The issue of healthcare has plagued federal politics for decades. For example, President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to include universal healthcare in the Social Security Bill of 1935. Then, in the 1990s, First Lady Hillary Clinton famously failed to reform the healthcare system as well. Of course, President Obama made the most progress in expanding health insurance when he signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. Nevertheless, there has been an avid, bitter fight in politics as each presidential administration aimed to fix the healthcare system. Many Conservatives argue that the federal government should not become involved in healthcare, and many Liberals argue that the issue of healthcare will only be solved if the federal government regulates healthcare and eliminates all private insurance. As a result, there has been little to no action made concerning the healthcare of millions of Americans. Critics of government-funded health insurance argue that the government should not spend money on healthcare because it is expensive and will lead to a dramatic increase in taxes. However, when human lives are at stake, money should be no object. Of course, it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that all tax-payer money is apportioned appropriately, but there are 27 million Americans who can not afford basic healthcare. Consequently, it should be the government’s responsibility to expand Medicaid in particular. The government should prioritize healthcare expansion to those who are disabled or cannot afford treatment.
    However, the left-wing segment of the Democratic Party proposes a uniform, socialized form of health insurance similar to the programs that operate in Canada, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Many argue that the presence of private health insurance companies allows for excellent care for only the wealthiest individuals, while those who cannot afford private insurance receive little to no care. While this dynamic does exist in the United States, socialized medicine will not foster the equality of healthcare coverage for all Americans as is intended. In fact, socialized medicine will cultivate many negative, unintended consequences that would harm the healthcare system. For example, Canada operates on a socialized healthcare system, and this creates long waitlists for people to receive medical procedures and doctor’s visits. As a result, the millionaires and billionaires fly to the U.S. in order to receive their medical care faster simply because they can afford to do so. It is possible that this same issue can begin in the U.S. as well, and that is the exact inequality that proponents of socialized medicine want to solve. Therefore, socialized medicine could create more problems than it fixes.
    That being said, there is still a dire need for affordable healthcare in the United States, and the federal government should do more to expand healthcare coverage across the population and regulate the all-too-powerful drug companies that charge an obscene amount of money for life-saving medications. Healthcare is a human right, not a privilege.

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  • Emma from Oklahoma

    Many Americans do not have health insurance just because they can not afford it. We should definitely do more to get better health care for Americans and make it easier for more Americans to afford healthcare. We also need insurance to cover much more. Many people die because they cannot afford things they need such as insulin.

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  • Braden from Kentucky

    As our founding fathers stated before us, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” All Americans are entitled to live, and our government has the duty to protect that right. Millions of Americans lack the necessary healthcare benefits, and while some believe the government has no right to meddle in the healthcare sector and that it should remain privatized, healthcare for all is a good thing. No matter how you look at it, the millions of lives that are protected by Medicare are much more important than the “economic efficiency” of letting private healthcare corporations dictate our life. No American should have to live their life in sickness. No American should have to suffer due to a surgery they couldn’t afford. No American should live their lives in debt due to greedy healthcare corporations. Life is a basic human right that all American citizens are entitled to, and no politician or private corporation can take that away.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/a-health-care-system-that-puts-families-first

    https://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/

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  • Ellie from Kentucky

    The U.S. government should do more to allow everyone access to affordable healthcare. Especially during this pandemic, there isn’t much you can do about avoiding COVID when you have to go to work, and if your work does not provide you with health insurance then you have to pay all those overpriced bills just to get a simple check up. All full-time jobs should be required by the government to provide health insurance to their employees.

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  • James from Kentucky

    In nearly all rankings on healthcare access, healthcare affordability, and overall health, the United States usually ranks far below many of the other developed nations. In many of these countries, most if not all citizens have access to affordable and effective healthcare. Meanwhile, the United States has an ultra-expensive healthcare system that disenfranchises the poor and those with pre-existing conditions. Thus, the United States government needs to offer better alternatives from those who need healthcare. For many Americans, insurance is either too expensive or ineffective at giving them healthcare. For one, many American’s cannot afford it, and those that do will often have to jump through numerous hurdles in order to receive the care they need. For example, many insurance providers have the ability to deny coverage to certain patients because something about the treatment was out of their system. That means that insurance providers can refuse to pay for services just because they don’t recognize hospitals, physicians, or treatment techniques. If someone needs a specific treatment that can only be done at a specific hospital or by a certain doctor, and that service or person is out of their system, the person can be forced to pay for the procedure fully, which can cost them tens of thousands of dollars. Insurance can even deny treatment for operating on certain organs or for routine treatments. So even if someone has health insurance, it is very likely that they will still have to pay for some of the costs. However, because a public option would prioritize people over profits, it is much less likely that they would use the same tactics as insurance companies in trying to get out of paying.
    Some may also argue that healthcare is a privilege and not a right. One point that backs up this position is the idea that health concerns are caused by lifestyle choices. This idea is simply not true as research shows that genetics, which are completely uncontrollable, have a massive impact on one’s health. Even things that seem to be completely based off of lifestyle have some genetic involvement. Recent studies have found that genetics account for 40-70% of obesity. Furthermore, even health conditions that arise from lifestyle are unavoidable. Many people live and/or work in areas that are absolutely hazardous to their health. For example, Many Americans who work in mines know that their work will cause adverse health effects later, yet still continue to work so that they can make a living and support their families. Because our health is largely out of our hands, it is essential that all people have access to affordable and accessible healthcare.
    Some may also argue that the right to healthcare is not the same as other rights. While the founding fathers probably did not consider healthcare to be a right, modern society considers it so. Rights are not supposed to be stagnant and unchanging, but rather they should grow and evolve with society. Since the founding fathers, our country has added numerous rights, such as the right to vote, the right to be free, the right to be treated equally, and many more. The right to access affordable treatment in order to be healthy should be another right. Most of the developed world has already recognized this right, and it is time for us to do the same.

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  • Johana from Oregon

    Since health insurance is so closely tied to human life, it should be considered a right.
    I’m completely agree that Americans should have health insurance since health is the most important thing for a person and it is what we must take care of mainly for ourselves.

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  • Sydney from Kentucky

    The US Government should do more to provide health insurance to Americans. As is observable in the world today, everyone needs health insurance. Accidents, injuries, and illness strike people everyday. It is imperative that they have health insurance so that they receive the best care possible and get better as soon as possible. For that reason, the government should do more to ensure that everyone has insurance and that they are able to afford their insurance. It is important to ensure that everyone is receiving help when they need it, especially in today’s world, and that starts with making sure that everyone has health insurance.

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  • Rachel from Kentucky

    The United States Government should do more to provide health insurance for Americans. It is important all Americans have health insurance so they can afford to pay for medical bills. Health insurance is very expensive and many Americans are unable to afford it. They need health insurance so that they can pay for the medical attention they need. It is especially important that health insurance is available to all right now since we are in the midst of a pandemic. The government is responsible for keeping its citizens safe and healthy. With this pandemic, many have lost their jobs and are no longer able to afford health care. They need the assistance of the government in these trying times. Those with medical needs have been put in danger since they can’t afford to pay for their medication or other needs. The government needs to make healthcare more available to its citizens for their safety and their health.

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  • Emily from Kentucky

    The U.S. government should do more to provide health insurance to Americans because healthcare is a very important aspect that has an impact on the lives of all human beings. Other countries have universal health care whereas within the U.S. there is not universal healthcare. There is healthcare, yet it needs to be made affordable and available to all. Many Americans do not have health insurance today and this is a major issue, especially with the pandemic occurring. Healthcare is expensive and it is hard for many people to afford. This should not be the case, it should be accessible to all when appropriate. Health insurance is a right for all people, not an entitlement. Everyone must be taken care of and have the insurance and stability that they need to live within the United States and safely prosper. The U.S. government should do more to provide healthcare for Americans.

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  • Zach from Kentucky

    I believe that the US government should do more to provide health insurance to Americans, but should first allow the president to completely abolish, delete, and exterminate Obamacare. The US government should provide health insurance to us because it is a right to live a clean and healthy life. Health Insurance should be given to all citizens no matter how wealthy, or how poor. Having this available to us in our day-to-day lives would be so beneficial for our economy, our communities and cities, and most importantly our families.

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  • Emily from Kentucky

    The US government should do more to provide health insurance for Americans. There are so many people in the US that do not have any insurance to get help with their health. Health insurance should be given to everyone equally and not just the people who can’t afford it or have low income. If the government does more for the citizens and more people can afford it, the profit would stay the same or increase on healthcare because more citizens would start to buy items needed for their health. Also the US would become healthier as a whole because no one is walking around spreading illnesses or diseases because they would be able to get treated.

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  • Abby from Kentucky

    Yes, the government should do more to provide health insurance to Americans. They should lower costs on health care. Especially at the time we are in right now, it is important that people have healthcare in case this pandemic affects them. People’s health is in a lot of danger right now as we struggle through the coronavirus. It is important that everyone has healthcare and this could happen by lowering the cost of healthcare or even having free healthcare. Health is such an important topic going on in our world right now and it is important that all people have health insurance to help manage their health needs.

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  • Isabella from Kentucky

    During the trying times we are currently in, the government needs to step in more directly when it comes to healthcare. All Americans should have the right to receive the care they need with little to no cost. Not everyone can afford treatments for things like cancer, heart disease, and all other medical complications. Healthcare should be a given right as it can be the defining factor between one living or dying. Especially in the time of COVID when many families are struggling, the government needs to offer more aid.

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  • Grace from Kentucky

    Healthcare should be provided for these reasons. Health care is an essential and should be given to every human being. During a global pandemic healthcare is very important many people in lower income neighborhoods are struggling the most with their health right now because they don’t have any means to be treated. If we were to provide healthcare then we would be able to help those in need.

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  • Elizabeth from New York

    Health care is a right, not a privilege. In this country, health care should be free because it allows everyone in the country to be able to take care of themselves and be healthy without having to make sure they have enough money to pay rent before going to the doctor. The common response to the debate about free health care is that it’s way too much money, which is not true if done correctly. Let’s take the UK as an example, this country has free health care and has one of the best economies in the world. Our current country’s health is struggling due to the pandemic and the people who cannot afford health care have no choice but to stay home and deal with the pain, while those who are eligible can do as they please. It is unfair that the government picks and chooses who can and can’t have free healthcare because they see it as a privilege.

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  • Sofiia from Oklahoma

    The Federal government should provide healthcare to every citizen. Citizens would be provided the simplest healthcare, and we could build up healthcare to accompany our needs. Healthcare is crucial to the people and the government. The economy depends heavily on the healthcare industry to bring in a lot of money for our nation. Everyone needs healthcare. Everyone gets weak and maimed. It should not be a right that we ought to fight for.

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  • Divya from Oklahoma

    I do think the US should provide free healthcare. I consider having healthcare a human right. Many people are suffering and dying because they cannot afford the resources they need. About 10% of the US do not have health insurance, so it is harder for them to seek proper care. Although the tax might go up, the money needed for paying insurance will not be paid, which would not make a significant difference and could end up saving more money. Hospitals will be funded by the government and could make more revenue compensating for more patients that could not have been treated if they relied on themselves. According to Norman Daniels, Ph.D., Professor of Ethics and Population Health at Harvard University, “healthcare preserves for people the ability to participate in the political, social, and economic life of society. It sustains them as fully participating citizens.” Free healthcare benefits the economy. Workers will live healthier lives and miss work less, keeping the economy stable. It will improve public health overall, and there should be less frequent medical bankruptcies (hospitals would be funded by the government). Healthcare is essential to life, and every citizen should have the proper resources to maintain the delicate threads of health.

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  • Clara from Maryland

    Yes, the U.S. Government should do more to provide health insurance for Americans. The government in past Supreme Court decisions has admitted that the government does have a legitimate interest in the health of the general population. “Doing more” does not necessarily mean providing the health insurance itself, but implies numerous ways of ensuring that Americans have a fair and safe means of getting the insurance they need.
    Such as in the case June Medical Services L. L. C. et al. v. Russo, The Supreme Court stated, of the precedent case Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, “Casey discussed benefits in considering the threshold requirement that the State have a ‘legitimate purpose’ and that the law be ‘reasonably related to that goal.’” The circumstances of this particular justification aside, the Court has ruled in multiple cases that the states have a legitimate interest in the health of their people. It could thus be defended that any actions of the U.S. Government toward promoting the health of the population by helping them get health insurance is legitimate. People have the rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as per the Declaration of Independence, and the government needs to uphold these values. Now is the time for it to do so.
    In the current pandemic, many people have lost their work-provided health insurance. This leaves millions of Americans without health insurance, and creates special circumstances in which the government needs to step in. Without health insurance, people have to pay out of pocket and possibly go in debt, which creates more of an economic deficit and places the economy under strain. Also, people would be less inclined to go to the hospital for genuine health concerns. This is where it becomes a “legitimate interest” for the U.S. Government to help Americans seek health insurance. According to KFF.org, 27.9 million non-elderly Americans were without health insurance in 2018, and the number is inferably worse this year. 1 in 5 of these people went without treatment because of medical costs. Again, it also can be inferred that this is worse. If it would be better to leave the economic responsibility to the private companies to provide better care for less money, why hasn’t this happened already? We see now and always that this does not work, and in fact the results of letting private companies handle this is only a larger amount of uninsured people. The government can introduce bills to make insurance cheaper as has been done to insulin price-gouging and other prices.
    The government is relied on by the people to ensure that their health is protected, and now more than ever we need all branches to do their part to keep America healthy. People have the right to life, and introducing legislation, orders, and court decisions to uphold this right is only fair.

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  • Kwabena from Connecticut

    Medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in America, 45,000 people in America DIE every year because they do not have access to basic healthcare. People refuse transportation in ambulance when going through medical problems such a heart attack because they are more worried about the bill than their health. America ranks last out of the major developed countries on healthcare because they do not have a single-payer Medicare for All system. The fact that America is so far behind the developed world on this issue with the resources that we have is due to price-gouging middle man of the private health insurance companies. Get rid of them, have a single-payer system, and people will be healthier, there is a reduction of cost in the billions, and people will be happier, healthier, and more able to function in our society than having to worry about that medical bill that should already be paid for by their taxes

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  • Delaney from Missouri

    I fell that the us should do more to provide health care to people who can’t a ford it so it causes less problems for their health in the future. Also the US is very wealthy so why can’t we use the resources we have to help peoples health so more Americans can stay healthy. If we have all these amazing resources what are we doing wasting them and we can help people it is not hard.

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  • Sebastian from Missouri

    The US should provide healthcare for its citizens because everybody has value in one way or another. if people on the lower end of the spectrum get sick and die from a treatable disease, that means that the people that do the hard labor like picking apples wont be around anymore, making it harder for there to be cheap apples, making it harder for middle class people to buy apples, which would hurt the apple industry irreparably, for an example.

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  • Andrew from California

    Healthcare is an inelastic good. That means demand will not change because consumers are willing to pay any price for life-saving treatment as healthcare is a human necessity. Because of this, under the control of private industry, the cost of health insurance will continue to rise until it crashes. To prevent this, the US federal government must create a national health insurance agency. Public agencies are not guided by profit, allowing them to provide healthcare to citizens at an affordable price. America is the only developed country without universal healthcare. This is causing a large portion of our population to be uninsured, which drags down economic activity and results in more medical-related deaths. Some claim that a national health insurance agency would be a fiscal burden. However, the main reasons we are spending too much on healthcare is due to administrative costs that come from the many private insurance corporations imposing fees and hidden costs. By weakening the influence of private insurance through a national healthcare agency, we would reduce healthcare costs in the long term.

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  • Kayana from Texas

    The U.S. should do more to ensure health care for all, healthcare in my opinion is a universal right, some may never make as much as others and access to affordable healthcare is increasingly important. Without healthcare many people will struggle and suffer, healthcare allows many to take care of health related issues they wouldn’t otherwise receive without healthcare. I believe taking away healthcare is taking away a basic human right, why should people suffer and have it taken away from them. Happiness would be ensured if people were allowed the right to walk into a facility and know the will be treated and not charged. A right to healthcare could save lives, medical services would be made affordable to everyone and not just the rich, public health May be improved and it would promote a fair society that is fair to everyone and not just those with money. Healthcare shouldn’t be a topic up for debate it should be over and settled and to try to take it away is ludicrous. By taking away healthcare we are denying the right to health, this right must be protected. It’s a shame what this world has come to.

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  • Nadia from Wisconsin

    Its a humanitarian response to provide affordable health care

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  • William from Missouri

    Yes the us government should do more to provide and support healthcare for Americans. Scandinavian country’s like Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, have been running a free healthcare system for years and have some of the best healthcare in all of the world. those countries have also not experienced problems with economy like politicians have said free healthcare would cause. and the Nordic country’s mentioned are today among some of the richest countries in the world for GDP per capita. So free healthcare systems do not damage the economy and helps everybody

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  • alison from Missouri

    I think that there should be healthcare, because health is a part of living, and if the government wants to do the right thing, and protect the life of Americans, they should provide healthcare.

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  • Reagan from Colorado

    Yes, I think the US should be doing more in order to provide healthcare to Americans. This doesn’t necessarily have to mean socialized medicine. The US needs to ensure that every American has the right to healthcare. Rich people shouldn’t have better access to healthcare than poorer or middle class families. As of right now, money is a major stressor for poorer families in need of healthcare.

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  • Jack from Colorado

    I believe that the American Government should do more to provide health care to its citizens. It is their obligation to help and care for its citizens and they should do anything in their power to help those on their soil. Health care in America is atrocious and excludes people who need it most. People in need of financial aid are shunned by their own country, left out to dry. They literally cannot afford to get injured. In a perfect world, health care would be free and readily available to everyone.

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  • Ainsley from Colorado

    “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights,that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This part of the Declaration of Independence is the foundation of our United States Constitution and our current country. The colonies left the British Parliament, because they wanted to create an independent country who deeply cared about their citizens. I believe that healthcare and health insurance is included in these inalienable rights. As a human, your basic health is tremendously important, and I believe the government should provide some form of healthcare or health insurance. Prior to COVID-19 citizens had the opportunity to have private insurance (often taken from a job ), medicaid, medicare, or Obama Care. Despite having many options that allowed a variety of people at different income levels to have a form of health insurance, many citizens still didn’t have health insurance. The coronavirus made this scenario even worse. Many lost their jobs and their private insurance, they were hit with big bills that their family may have not been able to pay if anyone came down with the virus, or had another medical issue. With this being said, I believe that every American citizen deserves to be healthy, and that the government should insure that they should be covered. Healthcare is a big business and a huge part of the American economy, so getting a rid of our current options (private insurance, medicare, Obama Care, etc.) would be a tremendous change, but I do believe that everyone deserves to have some form of health insurance, and the U.S. Government should do more to provide this basic right.

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  • Bryant from Colorado

    The US is currently falling when it comes to healthcare outcomes while Americans paying more for private healthcare insurance and at the same time are being taxed for government medicare and Medicaid. The federal government needs to step in to stimulate the healthcare system.

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  • David from Texas

    The government can definitely help in terms of ensuring that there is a healthy competition amongst private insurance companies, but making government responsible for ensuring each and every citizen is just way too expensive and takes away responsibility from the individual to stay on top of their health.

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  • matt from Texas

    I don’t think it would be a good idea to increase taxes to help provide healthcare, we’ll go into more debt and economically it’s not a good idea. Especially in times of a pandemic.

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  • Blakely from Oklahoma

    I believe that government should not just give health care to everyone. If everyone was provided with health care, who is paying for it? The amount of money it would take to provide every single person is insane, the government would have to raise tax on innocent people significantly. There could be someone who is homeless does drugs suffers from addiction, purposely hurts themselves , dosen’t even try and the hard working people who are working their tail off every day are being forced to pay for the lazy folk who does nothing. In what way is this fair. Why strive to make money if when you make more, more is taken away from you… This is why healthcare should not be loosely given out. It is unjust and unfair.

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  • Boston from Oklahoma

    I don’t think the government should provide health insurance. We would lose a lot of money for any pandemic like the Coronavirus because so many people would get infected and the government would have to pay for it. Also, many people would take advantage of it to hurt themselves on purpose to get extra money.

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  • Grace from Tennessee

    The Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights are known as the “Charters of Freedom.” It is evident throughout the history of the United States of America that freedom reigns and it was designed to do this by our founders. Many have traveled, and many still travel, to this country to partake in the freedoms we enjoy. As American citizens, we have certain rights that are protected by the federal government. Amendment IX of the Bill of Rights says that, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” This means that there are many more rights that are not listed, but that will be protected. Amendment X says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Of course, it is clearly outlined that the States and citizens should have the powers not delegated to the federal government. Freedom for citizens is a priority and the government should protect that right as well as the others listed. This right would include choosing which insurance company to use (if any insurance company at all). On December 10, 2019 Volume 165, Number 197 of the proceedings and debates of the 116th Congress, First Session, Attorney General of the United States, Mr. William Barr, said that “the Declaration of Independence gave birth to a new nation rooted in the principles of limited government, individual
    freedom, and the rule of law through self-government, and it set into
    motion the greatest experiments in human freedom and prosperity the
    world has ever known. That is largely because our Constitution protected those principles through separation of powers, federalism, and the Bill of Rights.” In this same setting, Mr. Mike Johnson, a Representative of Louisiana and Chair to the Republican Study Committee said this: “the government was never intended to be our savior. Our Founding Fathers built this Republic on strong convictions that every American is entitled to individual freedom and they should never be controlled or owned or dictated to by the government.”

    The Declaration of Independence states,
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government . . .”

    The Declaration of Independence states that our rights, specifically the right to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” are secured by the governments (including federal and local). Although, if these governments become destructive and prohibits our freedom, they must be changed or replaced. States and citizens are responsible for all other matters. There is a counter-argument that health insurance is closely tied to human life, and should be provided for to citizens by the federal government. On its surface, this sounds like a wonderful idea. Of course, there is an issue with this ideology: it isn’t feasible and it would infringe upon other rights. If the federal government were to require everyone to have health insurance, it would not protect our equal right to liberty and freedom. It would create increased government control over an individual’s decisions or options. In addition to this, the federal government would become a competitor (or even a monopoly) in our free market society (regarding providing health insurance), it would contradict the history and foundation of our nation that indicates a limited federal government.

    Our liberty is a right equal to life. Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”

    There is a balance of power and we must not give up one right in favor of another because we will lose them both. The Government should strictly limit its involvement in matters not outlined in the Charters of Freedom.

    Works Cited:

    THE BLESSINGS OF FREE ENTERPRISE AND CAPITALISM; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 197, December 10, 2019, https://www.congress.gov/116/crec/2019/12/10/modified/CREC-2019-12-10-pt1-PgH10007.htm

    Foundation for Economic Education https://fee.org/articles/17-benjamin-franklin-quotes-on-tyranny-liberty-and-rights/

    National Archives https://www.archives.gov

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  • Arielle from California

    Yes and no, the government should do its part to reform the currently outdated form of health insurance for Americans who otherwise, would not be able to afford it. As President Obama stated, “pouring money into a broken system only perpetuates its inefficiencies. [However] Doing nothing would only put our entire health care system at risk.” This alone establishes both the negative and positive benefits of providing health insurance for all. A possible reform of making healthcare accessible to all through government run programs is estimated to increase government spending by almost $1 trillion dollars. This has the capability of driving private own healthcare providers out of the market and establishing a government monopoly in which they control all the prices. This decreases the individuality of healthcare within America and decreases the competition between private providers which drive down costs. In this sense, healthcare would become more expensive than before, limiting innovation within specific providers. However, this does not account for the millions of people that cannot afford healthcare. Due to the rising costs of medical treatment, some providers have been forced to increase their prices for insurance and drop customers, leaving them uninsured. For this reason, I believe the government should provide free healthcare to those that cannot afford healthcare at all by subsidizing providers who perform expensive procedures on lower income patients.

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  • Lily from Oklahoma

    No, they shouldn’t be doing more for the healthcare. Health care is not a right, but more of an entitlement and something we as Americans are used to and expect. If healthcare is something that you aspire to have, then it should be up to you to control your situation medically, if it is something you can control, if it is something like cancer, then that should be more dependent on the healthcare.

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  • Allison from Oklahoma

    I think the government is completely fine with its current health insurance. But, I think the ACA should be revised, but not removed completely. The ACA helps out families with disabled people. However, it could be improved. The new ACA should be a bit more personalized to each family’s needs. However, having one universal health insurance would get rid of a little more of America’s capitalist economy. The government may also keep whittling away more and more of capitalism in our economy until there is none at all.

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  • Makenzie from Oklahoma

    I don’t have a strong opinion for either side, but if the government handles our healthcare insurance, what happens to the healthcare insurance companies? Those companies create more economic efficiency. Calling healthcare insurance a right and saying it is closely tied to human life would mean we should also be getting free water and food, since those are a necessity to live.

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  • Sydney from North Carolina

    The U.S. government should not do more to provide health insurance for Americans. Providing more health insurance and universal healthcare for all Amercians would cause a great deal of harm to the economy and having more health insurance is a privilege rather than a right. It should be our duty as Americans to be able to provide health insurance for ourselves.
    While being able to provide more health insurance to citizens sounds like a good idea, there are many different aspects that individuals should take into consideration. Nothing in the world is ever one hundred percent free. Someone had to pay for a good or product regardless if it was you. With that being said, this idea and/or fact majorly involves better health insurance for Americans. If the government did in fact do more to provide health insurance for Americans, taxes for the common man would spike. It would not be the federal government’s duty to provide the money needed for more health insurance. It would be put into the hands of individuals such as you and me. Taxes would astronomically increase and it would cause much harm and as the “San Diego Union Tribune” states, “One-half of the U.S. population currently with private health care would be dumped off plans and funneled into one-size-fits-all government bureaucracy.” The goal should be full economic employment. With this, individuals would have better coverage through their employer and more money in their pockets. These individuals would then not have to rely on the government to receive health insurance. This helps to establish the principle that we should be able to provide ourselves with health insurance because it is a privilege rather than a right.
    We as American citizens have many different rights many of which include: freedom of speech, right to bear arms, right to privacy, etc. These are many rights that are explicitly listed within the Constitution. If the U.S. government were to do more to provide health insurance because it is classified as a “right” to some individuals then the government would also be required to provide many other things as well. As “Observer Today” states, “If there were a right to health care, then there would also be a right to food and housing.” With this idea in mind, how would the government have the money to be able to provide such services? As stated earlier, the government would have to turn to the citizens of the United States in order to have such money to provide for these services.
    In conclusion, the U.S. government should not do more to provide health insurance for Americans. The cost of it would fall on citizens which would inevitably hurt taxpayers and the economy as a whole. Yes, individuals should be able to have health coverage and insurance but it is not necessarily a right.

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  • Connor from North Carolina

    The government should not have to provide health insurance for many reasons. Healthcare should be provided for free for the reason that it is a basic human right, having free government-provided health care plan isn’t exactly free, and the quality of the free health care provided is not good.

    I believe that healthcare could be considered a basic human right, but the argument of the opposing opinion brings up issues. Since health insurance is so closely tied to human life, it should be considered a right. That’s what people who believe government-provided healthcare is a good idea believe. The problem with that argument is that there are many things closely tied to human life, such as water, or housing, but the government doesn’t pay for my house and my water, my family does. So why should the government pay for everyone’s healthcare?

    Free healthcare is never free. Everyone ends up paying more taxes to be able to pay for everyone’s free healthcare. As Paul R. Gregory states, ”In the United Kingdom and other European countries [with universal healthcare], payroll taxes average 37% – much higher than the 15.3% payroll taxes paid by the average US worker.” That goes to show that everyone pays for the free healthcare provided by the government, even if you are privately insured. This is what a lot of people don’t realize, free healthcare is too good to be true. You still pay for it in the end and the quality of care is nowhere near that private health care.

    Another problem with having some sort of government provided universal healthcare is that people will abuse it because it’s free. People will go into the doctor’s office for simple common colds and go to the emergency room for problems that hardly warrant the title “emergency” simply because it’s free. The more people you have going to the doctors office or to the emergency room, the longer it takes to wait for you to be treated. As the Government Accountability Office says, “the average wait time to see a specialist in Canada [a country with universal healthcare] was 60 days, versus 24 days in the United States.” Also, having a universal healthcare system will lower doctor’s earnings significantly, which obviously push more people away from becoming a doctor, thus reducing the amount of doctors, thus causing wait times to be even more worse.

    There are many reasons why the government should not provide any sort of free healthcare plan, and many reason I could not list on this essay, but the main reasons are that healthcare shouldn’t be provided for free for the reason that it is a basic human right, having a free government-provided health care plan isn’t free, and the quality of the free health insurance provided is not good.

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  • Mary Catherine from North Carolina

    Health insurance is something that can be easily accessed in America today; although, it’s not as affordable as it is attainable. It shouldn’t be up to the government to do more to provide health care because it’s not the government’s role to mandate the health care of the citizens and it is inefficient.

    The government shouldn’t feel entitled to take steps to improve the current status of health care in America because it simply isn’t their role to do so. Since health care is a private matter, the decision lies in the hands of the single individual; not the government. If for whatever reason you don’t want it, you shouldn’t be forced to have it for the exact reason that it is a personal decision for a private matter. During President Obama’s election, it was required that everyone had to have health insurance; if not, people were fined or deprived of their existing insurance plan. According to NBC news article by Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye in 2013, “50 to 75% of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a ‘cancellation’ letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law…Those getting the cancellation letters are often shocked and unhappy.” Since the government was exceeding their position and role, families and individuals, who can’t afford insurance, were suffering due to the fact they were still having to pay a fee. This shouldn’t have been a problem because Americans should have the right to decide for themselves if they do or don’t want healthcare without having to consider a penalty. Because of this, the government doesn’t need to take more steps to provide health insurance to Americans.

    Along with the fact that it’s not within the government’s responsibility, it is also inefficient. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 3.3 million people in the United States. That is too many people for a national government to effectively and efficiently attend to everyone’s needs promptly and in a timely manner; this causes people to get impatient and, if worst comes to worse, turn against each other. It is an inefficient process for the national government to perform duties of a state government, especially since it isn’t in their job description.

    Overall, the government shouldn’t insert themselves into the health care of Americans. It’s not in their job description and it causes unnecessary problems that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. Since health insurance can be easily accessed, the government shouldn’t have to do any more than what they already do.

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  • Will from North Carolina

    Health insurance is an important aspect of security and certainty with individuals’ lives. The reassurance that you will not be put in jail just for simply surviving a surgery because you cannot afford to pay for it is a very important ideology. The issue with health insurance is that like most things, it is very expensive as well as the fact that like all things, it is a business. The services that are provided are by private corporations that are not federally owned. The idea that health insurance is so closely tied with human life that it should be considered a right, contradicts the idea that everything has a price tag which in turn reflects the idea that we cannot afford to give everyone free healthcare. Due to this the US government should not do more to provide health insurance to Americans as it is not economically efficient, government leadership may lead to poor choices as well as the fact that it will increase taxing within the country.
    Government leadership may lead to poor choices as the task to handle with so many people will be so extreme. In correlation to this taxing will go up within the country as providing lower health care premiums will be expensive so the money necessary to do this will come out of the citizens pocket. With this money the government could be corrupt and use it in ways that are not valued to the country. From balancedpolitics.org, the statement that Individual success within government is very important shows how corruption within the federal government could intervene with the citizens’ taxes. These poor choices could undermine the entire operation and not only screw up the whole system but put millions without healthcare.
    If the government was to intervene for more universal health care it would put the country in more debt. In an estimation by Britannica.com 18% of the US annual of the GDP spending will rise to 30% which is already exponential in the idea that medicare and medicaid is going up in prices. If the government wants to intervene furthermore in healthcare it will put the country in even more debt than it already is. Considering the fact that the USA is already 20 trillion dollars in debt, this will be detrimental to the country’s health.

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  • Samantha from North Carolina

    Having health insurance is not a right that individuals have in the US. No where in the Declaration does it say that health insurance is a right and should be provided to everyone. Providing healthcare to everyone in the US is costly and could affect our economy negatively and put the US further into debt or would raise taxes to help get us out of debt which still makes an individual pay for these services. Providing healthcare to everyone is also a step towards socialism in the way that the government controls the bills of healthcare. Health insurance is a privilege that should only be provided for citizens that are willing or able to pay for the services provided.

    If the government were to provide health insurance to everyone, our economy would suffer and the US would fall further into debt. To fix this problem, the government may raise taxes which also doesn’t fix the problem because if they aren’t able to pay for health insurance, what makes them think they can afford a higher tax. According to Brittanca in an article titled, “Should Americans have the right to healthcare?”, they state that in 2028, it is projected that 30% of federal spending will go towards health care. That’s a great deal of the budget just for health care. That money should be used for education and building new roads and infrastructures. The article also included that “government funded healthcare to all could increase federal spending by $32.6 trillion over the first 10 years of implementation.” This would cause US debt to rise 74% percent from 2015. These issues could be avoided if health care was seen as a privilege and not a right to citizens.

    Government funded health care could lead to socialism because the government could give or take away health care when they want. If we followed the single-payer healthcare system where the government funds all health insurance, they control the bills and the distribution of healthcare. Ronald Reagan stated that, “one of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine,” and “behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom.” This means that once the government has control over the health care, they will continue to invade our liberties until they control everything, hence leading to socialism. When every individual pays for health insurance individually, the government doesn’t have a way to obtain control over health care and avoids the US turning into a sociaist country.

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  • Julia from Oklahoma

    No, I do not think the United States government should do more to provide health insurance. I believe it would make society too dependent on the federal government. This service could easily be taken advantage of. It would raise taxes, taking away hard-earned money from Americans who are willing to work and giving it to those who are not.
    I can understand the supporting sides points, but I predict it would bring the United States closer to socialism, which is a very hard road to exit once you merge onto it.
    Lyn Nofziger, and American journalist, once said, “The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country.” Someone has to pay the health insurance bills! Someone has to do the work. Nothing is free.

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  • Savannah from North Carolina

    The conservative and liberal parties often debate if the United States should do more to provide health insurance for Americans. The argued topic will never settle in an agreement between parties because the opposing sides have different views and opinions. However, the U.S. government should not do more to provide health insurance for Americans because it would be a violation of their right to freedom and would go against the original documents of the United States.
    If the U.S. government were to do more to provide health insurance for Americans, it would be a violation of American’s right to freedom. Americans should have the right to decide which plan of insurance they best see fit to themselves and their family. According to Paul Hsieh, a blogger for Forbes website, “Some patients might prefer a pretty lavish plan that covers a lot of services. Others might prefer a leaner plan that protects against catastrophic accidents and illnesses only — but costs correspondingly less.” Every American deserves the chance to think for themselves, without the government choosing their options, and decide what is needed for themselves. By allowing Americans to make their own decisions about health insurance, their right to freedom is maintained.
    In the original founding documents of the United States, it does not state that Americans have the right to healthcare or insurance. In addition, it is not the government’s responsibility to supply health care. According to the Britannica website, a previous Congressman Ron Paul believes that, “You have a right to your life and you have a right to your liberty and you have a right to keep what you earn in a free country… You do not have the right to services or things.” The original rights and freedoms decided centuries ago have proven to be adequate in history. Furthermore, there is no reason to tamper with documents created well before our time.
    Although healthcare and insurance should not be a right given to us by the government, many believe all humans deserve health insurance. However, the right to health care was not stated by our founding fathers and was not confirmed as an essential aspect to any former documents. Health insurance should be a choice given to Americans, not directly handed out by the government. Every situation is different between families, needing a variety of health care options to choose from.
    Healthcare and health insurance is not a right, but a choice. This choice should be allowed to offer a variety of options for each individual and their family. The government should not impede on a decision that only pertains to those faced with it. Although healthcare is important, each individual should have the right to decide how important it is and which path they choose to follow.

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  • Jaden from North Carolina

    For years in America, health insurance has been a debate and issue. Both parties have different views and it is debated about daily. During this upcoming election it has been a recurring issue. Health insurance should not be provided by the government because for years people have been paying and giving money to private insurance companies and it will affect the economy.

    Health insurance should not be provided by the government because people for years have been paying and supporting private insurance companies and if they were to stop they would shut down and people would be out of loss for a job. Taking away from small businesses is hurting the economy and people’s families. Those who have health insurance find a way to make it affordable for them and their family because it is important. While knowing not everyone can afford it, the insurance companies should make sure it is for some families that need it but can’t afford. There should be financial aid for insurance. Healthgram says ‘companies we serve spend 22% less on healthcare than the national average.’ Meaning it can be cheaper at some practices.

    Healthcare insurance being provided by the government would heavily affect the economy. Ryan Nunn says in Brookings, ‘The health-care sector is in many ways the most consequential part of the United States economy’, and then later says ‘11% of American workers are in health-care’. If health insurance was provided by the government the economy would change. With that being said, an example of how it would change is doctors. When in a serious and unexpected injury, like a car accident, your insurance is going to cover either some or all of the expenses. If insurance isn’t paid for by the people beforehand and just given to us, would we have to pay out of pocket when injured? How will insurance companies be supported with no money going into them? Would the government have to pay our expenses that insurance would already cover? If any of that is true the economy will hurt from it. If health insurance was just given out, doctors would make less and that would affect our economy as well.

    Our privately owned businesses and economy would not benefit from more health insurance. As an American I believe in hard work and doing. I don’t believe in standing around and having things handed to you. Insurance is not a right we have as American citizens, it is a privilege.

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  • Tony from Texas

    I think the government should not focus on giving healthcare for Americans, but rather focus on making prescription drugs cheaper and enforcing rules on pharmaceutical companies to keep them from hiking up prices on necessary drugs, like other countries like the United Kingdom.

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  • Jarrett from Kentucky

    No, the U.S. should not do more to provide insurance for Americans. Healthcare, in essence, is not a right, it is a service and or privilege. Common plans that involve government intervention in healthcare tend to involve proposals where Medicare is more affordable or in some cases free. This sounds like a great idea until you realize firstly that by making everyone have the same quality of healthcare over a long period of time you will actually have worse health care provisions and professionals because the value of doctors would decrease due to everyone getting access to the same healthcare services therefore not utilizing doctors in higher or specialized positions and that secondly this will have to be paid for somehow nothing is ever free and unfortunately these plans would likely be paid for by the taxpayers or federal funds plunging the U.S. further into deficit. We should stick with a system that encourages healthcare in a service-oriented manner. People with more money should have access to better healthcare if they so choose.

    https://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/options-to-finance-medicare-for-all?inline=file#:~:text=As%20workers%20shift%20into%20the,payroll%20tax%2C%20whichever%20is%20higher.

    https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/how-will-medicare-for-all-proposals-affect-medicaid/

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3633404/
    http://ispub.com/IJAPA/6/2/11138

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  • Jonah from Kentucky

    The U.S. government should not do more for Americans to provide healthcare. The United States is already facing an imminent scarcity of doctors that is only increasing. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S. will face a shortage of 139,000 physicians by 2033. If the federal government fails to pay doctors enough to make the extra four, expensive years of medical school worth it, then the lack of doctors will only continue to increase.

    Furthermore, only a handful of doctors would participate in the public healthcare option, so what happens when the only doctor in a rural town refuses to opt-in? According to the Healthcare Leadership Council, the number of doctors not accepting medicare/medicaid patients has doubled since 2009 and that number continues to rise. How far will the residents who participate in the plan have to go to see a doctor? Furthermore, if only a handful of doctors in a large city choose to opt-in, then the American people who participate in the program will lose their choice of doctor.

    The public healthcare option would also out-compete the private healthcare system and lead to major deficiencies in hospital resources and revenue. According to The Detroit News, in 2019, hospitals only received 87 cents in reimbursement for every dollar that they spent caring for Medicare patients. Therefore, hospitals would have to raise the costs of private healthcare to make up for the deficits from caring for patients with public healthcare. This would ultimately lead to the downfall of the private healthcare system. Eventually, the public option would be the only choice for all Americans.

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  • Mike from Kentucky

    The US Government should not do more to provide health insurance to Americans. While some may argue that Government participation in healthcare is necessary during this time of a pandemic, it is more important that the American economy continues to have a healthy amount of money flowing through. With a weak economy, America will lose its position as a dominant world power and become more susceptible to oppression from other nations. By increasing government participation with healthcare, the economy will suffer since taxes will increase to fund the government in their involvement. Healthcare should be a private matter to consumers in order to allow them to choose the best healthcare plan for themselves while staying inside their desired spending for healthcare. Federal regulation on healthcare is unconstitutional because it is not a power given to the federal government in the Constitution. According to the 10th amendment of the US Constitution, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution […] are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”. In addition, the Constitution does not explicitly define healthcare as a guaranteed right. The federal government should not become more involved with healthcare because it is a privilege rather than a right.

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  • Carson from Kentucky

    The government should not do more to provide healthcare for their citizens. THere are many reasons why the government should not do this, one is that government run healthcare leads to worse care for people. If the government ran the healthcare system, there would be no competition between healthcare companies to provide better services. For example, according to the Toronto Sun, the median wait time to see a health specialist is 19.8 weeks. While the average wait time in the US is only 20 days. In Canada there is no competition between healthcare providers because it is run by the government. The competition in the US allows wait times to be nearly 7 times less. Canada isn’t an anomaly, the UK’s version of healthcare for all is also struggling with wait times, according to Forbes. In February of 2019 hospitals in England saw only 84.2% of people in the ER within 4 hours, their goal was 95% in 4 hours. In the US, the average ER wait time is only 40 minutes. Survival rates in the UK’s healthcare for all are also lower. Only 81% of people diagnosed with breast cancer survive 5 years after their diagnosis, while that number is 89% in the US. 83% of people diagnosed with prostate cancer survive 5 years after their diagnosis in the UK while the number jumps to 97% in the US. These better survival rates come because of the better care that comes along with the current healthcare system in the US. The US also is the world leader in developing new drugs, and no other country comes close. If we move toward a more government involved healthcare system, the incentive for the US to research new drugs will be diminished and medical development will see a steep decline. If the Government does too much to interfere with the healthcare system we have in place, it will become significantly worse in quality.

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  • Kaitlyn from Kentucky

    The U.S. Government should do little to no more to provide health insurance for Americans. If the Government needs to do more, it should have a public opinion plan that people can opt into. Even then, that should be a worst-case scenario. The way to decrease healthcare prices is to have private companies compete. The U.S. government is already too involved in the lives of the American people, and it should not keep getting more and more involved. Therefore, healthcare should be run by private companies and not universal healthcare paid for by taxpayers. Private healthcare ensures that the citizens are getting the best healthcare that they can possibly get, and with government-run healthcare, it is likely that healthcare will not be as good. Taxpayers should be able to use their money in the way that they see fit, not be forced to pay for something that they do not want. The issue also comes in with the issue of abortion and euthanasia. The definition of “healthcare” in and of itself is debated between people. Many taxpayers do not want to pay for others to have abortions or issues that deal with euthanasia. They typically believe that these are not considered “healthcare”. Private companies running healthcare does not deal with this issue because the taxpayers are not forced to pay for things that they do not believe is considered “healthcare”.

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  • Carson from North Carolina

    Healthcare in the United States operates through a multi-payer program. This multi-payer program can be very confusing and expensive. However, the government should not replace the free market approach that is being used now. If the government starts to try to change the current healthcare system, it will likely lead to negative economic and medical consequences.

    The multi-payer system is a capitalistic approach to healthcare. This means that private health insurance companies are constantly competing against one another. This competition breeds new and better ways to treat patients, but equally important is the economic influence healthcare has in the United States. If the U.S. changed to a single-payer healthcare system, where the government eliminates competition and controls market forces, the economy would suffer a devastating blow. Without a competitive marketplace and government price controls, healthcare workers would be looking at wage reductions. According to a study done by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2020, private insurance on average reimburses healthcare organizations double what Medicare pays. If a single-payer healthcare plan is implemented and Medicare reimbursement levels stay constant, healthcare organizations will have no choice but to reduce salaries across the board for healthcare workers.

    A one size fits all healthcare program would reduce the quality of healthcare across the board, but more importantly it would deincentivize medical innovation in medical devices, medications, and procedures. According to a study published by professor Nicholas Grossman of the University of Illinois, U.S based pharmaceutical companies in 2015 spent 4 and a half times more than the rest of the world’s private pharmaceutical companies. The reason that U.S based pharmaceutical companies invest so heavily into the development of new medical innovations is the protective nature of the U.S intellectual property laws and patents. Additionally, the U.S free market offers greater profit incentive to the companies who introduce successful medical innovations to improve medical treatments. If the U.S implemented a single-payer healthcare system, the companies, who are innovating new medical treatments, would have no incentive to do so. Research and development is very expensive. The nature of the U.S’s capitalistic healthcare design allows pharmaceutical companies to make profit, and in turn fund more research and development projects, to in turn make more profit. Without these companies constantly trying to move the frontier of medicine forward, medical treatment would suffer.

    The free market approach to healthcare has caused the United States to be the leader in medical innovation. Furthermore if this open market was replaced with a government controlled system, the economy would suffer, especially the healthcare professionals. Competition creates desirable jobs for healthcare professionals and fosters innovation. For these reasons, the government should not attempt to provide healthcare for Americans.

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  • Teresa from Kentucky

    Health insurance is not a right. It is not listed as a right in the constitution. Therefore, it is not necessary for the government to provide health insurance. If the government provides health insurance for everybody, then insurance companies would lose money because there is no competition and no one would be able to pay private companies for health insurance. By making citizens pay for health insurance through different companies, it will create competition lowering the cost of insurance for all Americans. This would help Americans because they would not have to pay as much for insurance as they used to. So, because health insurance is not a right, the US government should not increase its efforts to provide insurance, but help make competition between insurance companies to help the American people pay for their own health insurance.

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  • Bella from Kentucky

    The US government should not provide free health insurance for Americans. This is because health insurance is not a right. They can make healthcare more affordable, but it should not be free as nothing in the US is actually free. Taxes will have to be paid in order to provide for those in the medical field caring for these people. The people that do get free healthcare through the government (not businesses) still don’t actually have free healthcare. It is free for them, but it is not free for those who can afford the insurance. If you work for a business and have a well paying job, then they usually provide healthcare and insurance. Even if you haven’t gone to college, you can still get a job and healthcare and insurance. It may not be the best health insurance, but it is still health insurance nonetheless. Businesses compete for who has the best healthcare for the most affordable. Those who need help with healthcare and insurance, and cannot afford it, can get help through the government. However, there are people who do not want to have governmental insurance, but want independent private healthcare. All in all, the government should not be responsible for you and your life and health. People should have to pay for their own health insurance, or get some help if they cannot. Nothing is ever free, and nothing will ever be free, so this topic of free health insurance for all Americans isn’t even feasible because those who can afford it will have to pay for those who cannot.

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  • Joseph from Kentucky

    The US government should not do more to provide health insurance to Americans. The government can not effectively care for all of its citizens without impeding on social liberties. Yes there is a need for reform to the healthcare system in american. There needs to be some form of regulation on drug pricing so that drug companies can’t just charge whatever they want for a drug. This regulation could take a couple different forms but it needs to be one of the first steps taken. Also doctors need to lay out all of the possible options for their patients. Sometimes doctors will just give their patients the most expensive treatment available that way they can make more money. But doctors should be transparent with their patients and let them know what options they have and the prices of their options. But private healthcare allows US citizens to pick and choose what healthcare plan supports them best at the best prices.

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    No, the government should not do more to provide health insurance for Americans. If the government were to do more to provide health insurance, like Medicaid, this would just raise taxes. Those who have just enough to provide for themselves will now have to pay more taxes for those who can’t afford it, which could push them under that poverty line as well. The majority of Americans should not be responsible for paying for the healthcare of those who can’t.

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    The United States government should stay out of healthcare. Insurance is something that is earned when you work and have the money to pay for it like anything else in the country. Giving insurance to everyone will take a major toll on our economy, and the citizens in the country. Nothing in this country or any other country is free, the government may say that they’re giving everyone insurance even if you are an illegal immigrant, or can’t afford it, but someone will always be paying for it in the long run. Something like Obamacare also takes major tolls in the hospitals across the nation. The people on this program are receiving better care and longer lasting care than people who spend their lives working to pay for insurance. Insurance is a privilege, not something that should be given for free.

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  • Matt from Kentucky

    The US government should not do more to provide health insurance for Americans. Americans should receive more plans and options to choose from. These options need to come from their jobs. This would limit the government involvement and encourage health insurance agencies to compete to appeal to their consumers. Allowing health insurance to be privatized would help the companies develop lower costs for better care and give Americans plenty of options to meet their needs. Our government is already in a hole when it comes to debt and one reason is that they spend too much money on health care coverage for people. The government has to raise taxes every time the Affordable Care Act is strengthened and expanded. This largely affects the middle class of Americans and the longer we go down the road the more people in the middle class get hurt. This would cause a need for those middle class families being hurt to need healthcare coverage help as well making the problem only worse.

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  • Mackenzie from Indiana

    The U.S. government should not do more to provide health insurance to Americans. Raising taxes of all U.S. citizens in order to fund healthcare for someone who is not producing any effort to attain healthcare cannot be justified. Those with jobs should be provided health insurance benefits and companies should be attempting to offer the best possible care for the lowest possible price. However, American lives are American lives all the same, and all of these lives deserve to be treated equally in times of dire need no matter their economic status. For this reason, the government should be required to provide better health insurance opportunities to all of its citizens, especially those unemployed but actively seeking work.

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  • Sydney from Kentucky

    The government should not be overly involved in the healthcare industry. Because healthcare is open to anyone and everyone, there are plenty of ways to make it more affordable like paying debts out over a longer period of time than just paying it up front. However, it can be agreed upon on both sides that privatized drug and pharmaceutical companies should lower costs of essential drugs for people with preexisting conditions. For example, the price of insulin is extremely inflated for people with diabetes compared to other drug prices. This lowering of the prices of drugs does not mean that the healthcare system would change though. While the system should not be free or aided in any means, because hard working doctors and stuff worked to get where they are and deserve a sustainable wage because of it, a different option could be creating different plans to back pay debts to make prices less harsh on the consumer.

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  • McKenzie from Kentucky

    No, The US government should not be involved regarding healthcare. The people should have choices and options regarding their healthcare and private care. Each person makes their own choices throughout their lives that lead them to the place they are in today. It is not other citizens fault that some people are not able to afford healthcare. It is not a right for the government to provide low to free healthcare for those who are unable to afford it. The US Government should oversee the people of the United States, and they should not ¨run¨ people´s lives.

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  • Stephen from North Carolina

    The government absolutely should not be doing more to provide healthcare. In healthcare, as in most fields, “Government is not the solution to the problem… government is the problem” to quote Ronald Reagan. People often point to socialized medicine as a means of providing quality, affordable healthcare to everyone. Countries often pointed to as examples of this include Canada, the UK, and Sweden but these countries point to exactly the opposite conclusion, that socialized medicine can not adequately provide healthcare services. One of the largest issues that comes with universal healthcare is over providing to the healthy and under providing to the sick. Most people are very healthy and don’t actually need that much healthcare, 50% of taxpayer money would be spent on 5% of the population if government healthcare were allocated to the people who really needed it and I doubt that your average taxpayer would be a big fan of a system that they barely benefit from and so the money has to be allocated to people who don’t need it in order to keep people docile. This leads to one of the biggest criticisms people have of socialized medicine, the wait times. In public medicare systems the wait times are prohibitively long. According to a Forbes article by John C. Goodman the average emergency room wait time in Canada is four hours and in Britain one in every ten patients leave before seeing a doctor. Aside from emergency room wait times, Canadians have some of the longest wait times in the world for life-saving procedures. Canadians wait an average of 21 weeks between referral by a general practitioner and treatment by a specialist, as well as waiting 4 weeks for CT scans and ultrasounds and 11 weeks for MRI scans. A 2003 survey of hospital administrators from Canada and America showed that 21% of Canadian administrators said it would take over three weeks to perform a biopsy as opposed to 1% of American administrators and half of Canadian administrators versus none of the Americans said it would take over six months for a 65 year old to undergo a hip replacement. The general sentiment among countries with socialized medicine is that if you need something quick you go private. According to Swedish newspaper The Local one in ten Swedes have private healthcare, with privately insured citizen Anna Norlander saying “It’s quicker to get a colleague back to work if you have an operation in two weeks’ time rather than having to wait for a year.” Aside from the wait times socialized systems also don’t provide as many services and this can prove to be fatal. The proportion of middle-aged Canadian women who have never had a mammogram is twice that of the US, three times as many Canadian women have never had a pap smear, fewer than 20% of Canadian men have ever been tested for prostate cancer as opposed to 50% of American men, and only 10% of adult Canadians have ever had a colonoscopy as opposed to 30% of US adults. As an effect of this mortality rates are 25% higher for breast cancer, 18% higher for prostate cancer, and 13% higher for colorectal cancer. At the end of the day it comes down to this, are you willing to put your life in the hands of the entity that can’t keep the roads intact? Because I sure know I’m not.

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  • Katherine from Kansas

    I cannot agree with the aspect of free health-care (atleast to those who can afford it) as medicine is expensive depending on the ailment According to DrugCostFacts.org “…drug manufacturers annually provide billions of dollars in rebates and discounts on their innovative therapies…in addition to offering direct financial assistance to patients..” It is not as if there are not ways to pay off Medical Bills or To get Assistance but to change it to “Free” would surely run into more debt along the way.

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  • Matthew from Colorado

    Of the many things the government is way too involved in, healthcare is high on the list. Though there are many reasons why the government needs to stay out of healthcare, the main reason is because it takes away the benefits of the free market economy. Government regulation and involvement has only driven prices up, and made it difficult for Americans to get the care they need at an affordable rate. For example, Obamacare had the opposite of its intended affect. It almost totally disabled the mind of the market. The result has been soaring deductibles and premiums, insurers going belly up, and average citizens being forced to pay for insurance they can’t afford to use. Many want government-provided, tax-funded healthcare as they believe it would be more affordable for the less fortunate, but the reality is that the opposite is true. The government needs to stay out of healthcare so that the free market can run its course and help America not go bankrupt over hospital bills.

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  • Allison from Colorado

    I believe that the current system should be reformed and made more effective for those Americans who need help from said system, but at the moment, I do not believe it to be wise for the United States to provide more healthcare as the system is not built well enough for it to be handled.

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  • Brady from Colorado

    Although I would love to see the price of public healthcare be decreased and wish that everyone was able to afford it, I don’t believe that the federal government should get involved for two reasons. When government and healthcare are brought up two solutions are commonly presented through the idea that a) the federal government becomes the sole provider of healthcare in the United States and makes it free for everyone or b) they right legislature to lower healthcare costs. However, I disagree with both these options. Although free healthcare for all would be great, I hate the idea of having the government be the one to provide it because they could control what a person can and can’t get treatment for. For example, say an 80 year old man needs a heart transplant and a 20 year old man needs the same procedure. The 20 year old man would be given top priority as the 80 year old man would be seen as close to death and therefor a waste of time and money. Eventually the 80 year old man dies because he doesn’t receive his heart in time. With a private healthcare company they will give that 80 year old man his heart and another chance at life because he is able to pay top dollar for it and save his own life. This is why I prefer private healthcare. For Congress to right a piece of legislature to force businesses to lower prices would seem almost unconstitutional. I think that forcing a private business, that nobody has to buy from, to lower its prices is stretching the Commerce Clause too far.

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  • Paige from Colorado

    I don’t think the government should have more influence over Heath care. I think Medicare for all is a bad idea too. It’s just a way for the government to control and socialize medicine.

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  • Evelyn from Colorado

    The United States’ government serves the purpose to protect our life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is not there to provide health insurance. If the government provided everyone with insurance, it comes at the cost of all the taxpayers. “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States,” and while healthcare can be classified as ‘general welfare of the United States,’ it’s a power the government does not need to possess. By turning over health insurance to the hands of the government – even in part, the free enterprise state of the economy is lessened. Health insurance sellers currently have the ability to compete freely with each other for the best deals at the lowest cost. The people don’t need the government to allocate funds to this end because the means of getting quality insurance are already available to the entire public. Dependence on the government for matters like this hands unnecessary uses for tax money that could go towards helping the homeless find employment, or helping those who are temporarily out of employment due to COVID-19.

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