or not the United States should give everyone the right to health care is a
very common argument in politics. There are many pros and cons, just like with any
debate. However, I think the pros outweigh the cons. I am for universal health
care because it will save more lives. Also, if the U.S. has health care for
everyone, it would be good for economic productivity. Overall, providing
everyone with health care would benefit our country.
In countries with the right to
health care, on average they are living two to three years longer than U.S.
citizens. Health care would not only help lessen the amount of cases of small
illnesses but much more serious ones as well. Since the United States does not give everyone
health care, people often decide not to go to the doctor because of expenses.
When people decide not to go it can lead to even more illness and unfortunately
death. In 2009, Harvard conducted a study which discovered that there is a 40%
increased chance of death if you are uninsured. For this reason, I believe we
should provide health care to all citizens.
Even though a major downside to
universal health care is the amount of debt it would put on our government, it
would turn out positive in the end. If people are able to afford to go to a
doctor, there will be less illnesses spreading. This means less people would
miss work for illness, which would allow them to contribute even more to the
economy. In a recent Institute of Medicine report, the United States can lose
up to 130 billion dollars a year because of the amount of people sick, which would
occur less if everyone had the right to health care. Universal health care can
also encourage people to start their own businesses. Many people are afraid of
losing their health care provided by their job, so they do not follow their
dreams and become an entrepreneur. If we were to provide health care to
everyone, self-employment would increase up to 3.5%, according to a study.
These major economical benefits explain why giving everyone the right to health
care would overall benefit our country.
In my opinion, I think the U.S.
should provide universal health care. Providing health care would not only help
our economy but also keep more people feeling well. Universal health care is an
overall great idea and our government should start to provide it. For these
reasons stated above, I think the United States should give everyone the right
to health care.