Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Case For and Against National Health Care

The national health care debate is currently at its climax right now. People have been attending meeting after meeting and arguments have persisted over this very controversial issue. So, what is it that makes this issue so personal?

For one, people are nervous about change. They wonder what will happen once a national health care system is in order. Will it provide people with the same high level of care they received beforehand? Will it be as comprehensive of a policy that can be obtained through a private insurance company?

The Case For National Health Care

It would provide everyone with some level of health care. They would be assigned a doctor and they would be able to receive physicals, purchase prescriptions, etc. They would have access to care that otherwise they would not have.

It would help people who have a very low income but yet work hard receive the help they need. For instance, maybe right now they are struggling to afford prescription drugs or have not been able to go to the dentist in a long time.

It would provide relief to families struggling to make ends meet. People would also be protected in the event of an accident.

People who do not have children will not be deprived of care. This is necessary in the event they do work as hard as people who have families work but still make a low income.

The Case Against National Health Care

Oftentimes nationalizing health care raises new problems. For instance, it in the long run could make it more difficult for people to find the care they need-even if they now have health insurance.

Making a federal issue out of health care takes the power away from state and local governments. They will receive mandates handed down from Washington.

Oftentimes various rules and regulations are placed on people who receive national health care. For instance, they may no longer have as much freedom to choose which doctor they will use.

In the worst case scenario people will be told that if they do not go to the doctor that is listed on their health plan then they would go to jail. So what happens if the person is out of the state or country?? What if they are traveling?

Another major factor that works against nationalizing health care is privacy. Once again you probably will have to account to the government who will observe your every move-as if they have not invaded our privacy enough. (I.E. you might have to report when you are traveling in the event you may need absentee health services.)

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