Have you ever thought how hard it must be for families and relatives of severely sick people that die from a deadly disease? Maybe they wonder everyday if there could have been one simple solution that could have kept them alive for a lot longer? Every year thousands of Americans are diagnosed with a deadly disease. The government should provide equal health insurance for poor and rich people. If Americans could afford better health insurance it would prevent many deadly diseases from arising because doctors could diagnose them and possibly find a cure sooner rather than too late.
A huge problem that is happening today is more and more people everyday are dying from diseases and are still in poverty because of the cost of health care. They use what they have left from bills and food for health coverage and with that causing them to stay in poverty because they can not afford many necessities like schooling and transportation. If we had equal health insurance for both rich and poor the death toll would decrease drastically. Lower income individuals should not be kept from getting the medical treatment needed to prevent the sickness from spreading or even worse death. The study, conducted at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance, found that “Uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts, up from a 25 percent excess death rate found in 1993.” Meaning that people that are not insured have greater risk of dying from an illness. “The uninsured have a higher risk of death when compared to the privately insured, even after taking into account socioeconomic, health behaviors, and baseline health,” said lead author Andrew Wilper, M.D., who currently teaches at the University of Washington School of Medicine.(David Cecere).
If the government provided affordable health care for both poor and rich there wouldn’t be as much sickness and death. Certain types of cancer spread at certain speeds and are treated in different manners. If poor people had access to the same health care as the rich people did, it would be easier to find the cure to these types of diseases. “We doctors have many new ways to prevent deaths from hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease — but only if patients can get into our offices and afford their medications.”(Andrew Wilper M.D). Now days good health insurance is increasing in price, which induces the lower class people to find out ways to get the same health coverage and that sometimes it is through crime or stolen identity. With the drop of the price of health insurance it would give the people something to look forward to instead of stealing identity and crime against other people through stealing medicine and medical supplies.
Health debt that was collected in 2013 was higher than student loans which would in term make it harder for the lower class to get in school to better themselves and also be able to afford health insurance so it turn they would have a hard time paying off all of their debt. With all of that debt how would you be able to ever get out of debt you may ask? If health care was lowered they would be able to afford every other thing which would lead them to a successful life. With them being successful more money would go to the government.(Holly Fletcher).
We all want the best for us and our loved ones and we want the best care we get sick but the more money Americans spend on healthcare, the more we harm our country by spending so much on it. According to the OECD Health Statistics (2013) The United States is public health insurance expenses match a lot over other countries; It is our private health insurance that surpass the expenses of all.(Vox). Forcing people to pay for insurance is not the solution. According to The Washington Post Magazine, there are few genuine solutions to our health-care problems only changes that are less bad than the alternatives. Writing in the liberal Washington Monthly magazine, Paul Hewitt and Phillip Longman suggested that Congress should adopt the Medicare fee and reimbursement system for the entire country.(Robert J. Samuelson). They believe that if this were to be done the employer-paid premiums would drop drastically allowing the money save from that to be used to pay for the new and improved more affordable services that would help those in need. “We need to slow medical spending and relax the pressures on wages and other government programs. The recognition of the huge gap between Medicare and private reimbursement rates creates the opportunity to do that”.(Robert J. Samuelson).
If we continue to work together as a country to solve this severe healthcare issue, We can achieve great progress in our nation that will lead to better possibilities and new improvement in the medical field. Everyday Nurses and Doctors are saving the lives of many humans, we all need these heroes to ensure the future of our people. That is why it is important that the government makes it a priority that all Americans should equally share a improve health system that is affordable and accessible to all.
Andrew Wilper, M.D., University of Washington School Of Medicine , 2008 http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=about.viewcontributors&bioid= Andrew Wilper, MD, is an internist with Cambridge Health Alliance and a fellow in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at Oregon Health and Science University.
David Cecere and Cambridge Health Alliance “New study finds 45,000 deaths annually linked to lack of health coverage” The Harvard Gazette, Health and Medicine, September 17, 2009 https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2009/09/new-study-finds-45000-deaths-annually-linked-to-lack-of-health-coverage/
Holly Fletcher “Health care gap widens between rich and poor”, Tennessean Network, August 13,2016https://www.tennessean.com/story/money/industries/health-care/2016/08/13/health-care-gap-widens-between-rich-and-poor/88470962/ Holly Fletcher covers health care for the Tennessean’s business desk, working to explain how the changing health care landscape will impact the people who need health care (everyone) and the businesses that provide care. Before joining the Tennessean, she covered mergers & acquisitions in the power, utility and clean energy sector for five years for Power Finance & Risk in New York City. She was named a ‘Top 10 NYC Energy Leaders Under 40’ in 2014. Holly is a native of Springfield, Tenn., who has a degree in international affairs from Northeastern University in Boston and a Master’s of science degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism in NYC.
Paul S. Hewitt and Phillip Longman “The Case for Single-Price Health Care”, Washington Monthly Magazine, June 2018 https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/april-may-june-2018/the-case-for-single-price-health-care/ Paul Hewitt is an economic adviser to the Council for Affordable Health Coverage. His views do not necessarily reflect those of CAHC or its members. Phillip Longman is senior editor at the Washington Monthly and policy director at the Open Markets Institute.
Robert J. Samuelson “There’s a genuine solution to our health-care problem”, Opinions Washington Post, April 29, 2018 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/theres-a-genuine-solution-to-our-health-care-problem/2018/04/29/2d82bdf2-4a3e-11e8-9072-f6d4bc32f223_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a10652b0f2b8 Columnist focusing on economics Education: Harvard College, BA in political science Robert J. Samuelson writes a twice-weekly economics column. Both appear online, and one usually runs in The Washington Post in print on Mondays. He was a columnist for Newsweek magazine from 1984 to 2011. He began his journalism career as a reporter on The Post business desk, from 1969 to 1973. From 1973 to 1976, he was a freelance writer. He was an economics reporter and columnist for National Journal magazine from 1976 to 1984 — when he joined Newsweek. He grew up in White Plains, N.Y., and attended Harvard College. He lives in Bethesda with his wife, Judith Herr. They have three grown children.Honors & Awards: Finalist, Pulitzer Prize for commentary, 1998
Vox News video, November 30, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNla9nyRMmQV Vox is an American news and opinion website owned by Vox Media. The website was founded in April 2014 by Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias and Melissa Bell, and is noted for its concept of explanatory journalism.