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Would Universal Healthcare Really Work in the U.S.?

Pretty much every rich, developed nation on the planet has universal healthcare, EXCEPT for the U.S. Should we join them, or does our current healthcare system have advantages that we don’t want to lose?

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**How does healthcare work in the U.S.?
In the U.S., how you want to pay for healthcare is entirely up to you, as long as you have the money. Most people choose to buy health insurance. If you’re low income or over 65, you can get it from the government, but pretty much everyone else has to buy it from companies. You pay a set amount of money every month, and in return, the insurance company pays for most of your medical bills if you get sick or hurt. You can also choose to NOT buy insurance. If you’re young and healthy and never have to go to a doctor or a hospital, you’re gonna save money. But you’re at risk for paying a LOT of money if you DO have a medical emergency, like a car wreck or falling off your bike and breaking your arm. So, it’s a gamble.

**So how does universal healthcare work?**
There are a BUNCH of different ways to get universal healthcare, and every country does it a little bit differently. There’s SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, where the government owns the hospitals, and the doctors and nurses are government employees. There is SINGLE-PAYER, where doctors and hospitals are private businesses, but there is almost no private insurance. Instead, the government provides health insurance for everyone. It can also work with PRIVATE INSURANCE, where people buy it from companies, but it’s HEAVILY regulated by the government, which REQUIRES everyone to have health insurance.

**What are the pros with universal healthcare?**
With universal healthcare, everyone is covered, your insurance isn’t tied to your job, and it would cost less

**What are the cons?**
Taxes would likely go up to pay for it, the quality of care might change, and the individual would have less choice.

SOURCES:
Single payer healthcare: Pluses, minuses, and what it means for you (Harvard Health Publishing)

Single payer healthcare: Pluses, minuses, and what it means for you

The Virtues and Vices of Single-Payer Health Care (New England Journal of Medicine)
https://mfprac.com/web2019/07literature/literature/Health_Costs/SinglePayer_Oberlander.pdf

International Health Care System Profiles (The Commonwealth Fund)
https://international.commonwealthfund.org/

The Case Against Single-Payer Health Care (reason.com)

The Case Against Single-Payer Health Care

Why Single-Payer Would Make Health Care Worse for Americans (The Heritage Foundation)
https://www.heritage.org/health-care-reform/commentary/why-single-payer-would-make-health-care-worse-americans

Medical Bankruptcy: Still Common Despite the Affordable Care Act (American Journal of Public Health)
https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2018.304901?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=a5697b7e-8ffc-4373-b9d2-3eb745d9debb&=&

How do US taxes compare internationally? (Tax Policy Center)
https://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/how-do-us-taxes-compare-internationally

Health at a Glance: OECD Indicators (OECD)
https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/health_glance-2017-en.pdf?expires=1579647384&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=D94A583B4861DE116B6864868F3B14E6

Health System Tracker (Peterson-Kaiser Family Foundation)

How do healthcare prices and use in the U.S. compare to other countries?

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True cost of US healthcare shocks the British public

In the UK, an ambulance callout costs you £0 in medical bills. The birth of your child costs you £0 in medical bills. In the USA, it’s a different story.

We asked members of the public to guess how much they’d have to pay for simple medical services in America, and what they think about the NHS.

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The Complete Moderate’s Guide to Healthcare

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How does the quality of the U.S. healthcare system compare to other countries?


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Trump Smears UK Healthcare, Then Gets Mauled By Brits

After attempting to smear the UK’s universal healthcare system (the NHS), President Trump gets properly educated by brits on both the left and right.

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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/04/nhs-budget-cuts-march-protest-jeremy-hunt-london-funding
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/62-percent-u-s-want-federal-government-ensure-health-care-poll-says
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/23/public-support-for-single-payer-health-coverage-grows-driven-by-democrats/

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California to provide healthcare to young illegal immigrants

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a measure that would give illegal immigrants healthcare and cost California tax payers $98 million.

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Healthcare is not a right, it’s just a good idea.

Yes, I’m aware that we’re still in the primaries, so each candidtate is trying to appeal to their party’s base as much as possible, but I think this rhetoric is doing more harm than good, especially when there are clearer, less morally-charged ways of explaining your position on healthcare.

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Could Your Healthcare Will Vanish if GOP Succeeds?

Republicans are working to dismantle Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act is in court again as the GOP is working to take away your healthcare on constitutional grounds. Some have pointed out that the argument is a weak one but Donald Trump has been packing the court with right wing judges.

Will Obamacare survive the latest attack by the GOP and Republicans or will the insurance companies win?

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Texas Getting Universal Healthcare?

Is Texas getting single-payer healthcare for every Texan? John Iadarola and Clayton Tucker break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/

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Should Healthcare Be Free in America?

Free healthcare may sound good, but it’s completely unaffordable. It also means quality and accessibility will plummet. Will Witt spoke to people on the streets to ask them what they think about the issue. Check it out!

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Why the cost of healthcare varies so much | ABC News

Depending on where you live, your treatment could be free or cost hundreds of dollars.

Different countries choose to approach health care in different ways. But one thing a lot of them have in common is that they provide universal coverage. That means all their citizens have access to healthcare.

Should countries be spending more to help the poor access healthcare? The US spends the most on healthcare as a share of the economy and per capita, but it’s ranked low on both life expectancy and infant mortality rates. The private sector is what drives up costs in the US, because the country doesn’t have universal health coverage.

Countries like Cuba and the UK spend less on healthcare as part of the economy, and they also have relatively better outcomes. But the UK also controls access to drugs in the country, which means certain treatments aren’t available because they haven’t been deemed cost-effective.

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OECD data:
https://data.oecd.org/healthres/health-spending.htm#indicator-chart
https://stats.oecd.org/index.aspx?DataSetCode=HEALTH_STAT

The World Bank data:
https://data.worldbank.org/

The Commonwealth Fund data:
https://international.commonwealthfund.org/
https://interactives.commonwealthfund.org/2017/july/mirror-mirror/assets/Schneider_mirror_mirror_2017.pdf

Health insurance coverage in the US (US Census Bureau):
https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2018/demo/p60-264.pdf

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