Universal Healthcare

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Accessibility to free, or universal, healthcare is a boon for people, the world, and the economy. Universal healthcare means that all people are provided medical care, such as doctor’s visits or prescriptions, free of charge, paid by everybody’s taxes. In the U.S., Insurance and medication prices have grown, and continue to grow, at exponential rates. We must combat this rise through the installation of Universal Health Care. To achieve this, we must have our voices heard through online petitions, branded medication boycotts, letters and petitions to your elected leaders, and more. Together, we can reap the benefits of Universal healthcare that all developed countries harvest.
There are multiple types of health care with their own pros and cons. There are four basic types of health care: the single-payer, the two-tier, insurance mandate, and market. The single-payer system is where the government pays for all health care costs like doctor visits, and prescribed medicine. This means that all people have access to free health care paid by taxes. But, one major problem with single-payer system is the long wait lines caused by people going to the hospital for simple things. Also, if you have a small or non-serious injury, then you are put in the back of the wait line, as people with more serious injuries are given priority. This system is sometimes called the National Health Insurance model (Reid). The second type of health care is insurance mandate, which the US is implementing now, popularly called Obamacare. It makes having insurance mandatory under a monetary penalty. If you don’t have insurance, you can apply for the government’s basic health insurance, which is Medicare/Medicaid in the US. This is somewhat effective, and a ...

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...ble solution-it only delays the problem. America must again become a leader: this time in healthcare. But, us, the people, must prompt this action. We can do things as small as buying generic medicines set of branded ones, two things as big as peaceful demonstrations. Whatever we do, we must do it now. I urge all of you to fight for universal healthcare. Every person has the right, and every person is important.

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