Universal Health Care

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Universal Health Care

Kaplan University

CM 220 Section X

Too many people in United States are faced with the difficult decision to choose between

the necessities to live and getting the medication they need. In the United States today, according to the World Health Organization, over 46 million Americans are currently uninsured, and an additional 25 million Americans do not have adequate insurance to cover health care costs if they become sick (Brumbaker, Picano & et al, 2011). Also, according to the World Health Organization in May of 2007, when comparing the United States to five other of the most developed nations: Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, the United States ranked last or next to last in performance, quality of care, and access (Brumbaker, Picano & et al, 2011). This is unacceptable for the most developed nation in the world. The United States, as in many other aspects, needs to be the leader in health care as well. It is a common assumption that Americans get more health care services than people in other countries, but in fact we do not go to the doctor or the hospital as often. The higher prices we pay for health care and perhaps our greater use of expensive technology are the more likely explanations for high health spending in the U.S.. Unfortunately, we do not seem to get better quality for this higher spending (Mohan, 2012). As you can see, at the moment, the current health care system isn’t adequately delivering the quality of care that the American people deserve and demand. As a society and country we need to look at improving the health care system and giving it a major overhaul. The Affordable Care Act that was passed in 2010 was a good start but after going through Congress the final bill is a very watered down version of its original self. That is why more still needs to be done. Providing universal health care for all is essential to improving the quality of care for everyone. Quality...