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The United States alone among advanced nations approaches the end of the twentieth century without health coverage for all its people.
Despite the healthiest economy in the last thirty years, more than one-sixth of the people under the age of 65 are uninsured. Five years after President Clinton's ambitious universal health care initiative failed, the ranks of the uninsured has grown by more than a million a year, reaching 44 to 45 million.
Most of these people are doing their best in low paying jobs. Their being penalized for not being on welfare, were they would get health care. Do we need this kind of incentive to go on welfare.
Though the number of uninsured is large, the cost of providing them comprehensive care is small, because the sickest already receive expensive hospital care when their lives are threatened. The additional cost of providing comprehensive care to all Americans would be less than 1/25 of current health expenditures.
There is nothing in the Constitution that guarantees free health care, next they'll want the government to provide cars.
Big companies are already subsidizing those without health care by being forced to pay extra on prescriptions and hospital cost. If this burden was shared, our corporations could be more competitive with the rest of the world.
This is just another way for the liberals to take from the rich and give to the lazy.
There are huge companies who make billions off the current system and are contributing millions to politicians to make sure we don't end up with Nation Health Care.
National health insurance is paid for with taxes that replace premiums. BUT, the taxes are lower than what most people already spend on health care for a bad system. For example, the Danish health system (currently the most popular in the world) costs only 6.7% of GDP compared to our 13.6% of GDP. At half the cost, the Danish cover everyone, and at twice the cost, we leave 43 million uninsured!
Over 25 cents of every health care dollar is wasted on paperwork, advertising, and multimillion-dollar CEO salaries and other things patients neither need nor want.
As for the much-criticized health care system in Canada, I will point out similarly that their health care costs made up only a tenth their GNP in 1991, whereas ours was almost half again that much. And yet, again, only one percent of their population went uninsured and uncovered at some point in the year, their life expectancy is greater than ours, and our infant mortality rate greater than theirs.
At age 80, when most people are highly dependent on the health-care system, Americans have the longest life expectancy (7.1 years for men, 9.0 for women) in the world. Life expectancy is determined by much more than the quality of a nation's health care. Social factors, like murder, AIDS and suicide, affect life expectancy, and this is where the U.S. runs into trouble.