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