Liberal Interest Group/ Health Care

Health care for everyone!

About "Healthcare for everyone"

47.9 million people in the United States did not have health insurance in 2012 according to the US Census Bureau.Healthcare is a fundamental right for all citizens, not for just those who can afford it. It has been argued that a right to health care would stop medical bankruptcies, improve public health, reduce overall health care spending, help small businesses, and that health care should be an essential government service. Opponents argue that a right to health care amounts to socialism and that it should be an individual's responsibility to secure health care.

Instituting a right to health care could lower the cost of health care in the United States.

According to a 2013 study, total public and private health care spending could be lowered by $592 billion in 2014 and up to $1.8 trillion over the next decade due to lowered administrative and prescription drug costs. According to the American Medical Association, on average, private health insurance plans spend 11.7% of premiums on administrative costs vs. 6.3% spent by public health programs. According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, Canada, a country that provides a universal right to health care, spends half as much per capita on health care as the United States.

Healthcare is fundamental right for all citizens, not just for those who can afford it.

A right to health care could improve public health.

According to a 2012 study in the Lancet that looked at data from over 100 countries, "evidence suggests that broader health coverage generally leads to better access to necessary care and improved population health, particularly for poor people.” In theUnited States, people are 33% less likely to have a regular doctor, 25% more likely to have unmet health needs, and over 50% more likely to not obtain needed medicines compared to their Canadian counterparts who have a universal right to healthcare. Americans with chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and their lack of insurance was associated with less access to care, early disability, and even death.

A right to health care could stop medical bankruptcies.

About 62% of all US bankruptcies were related to medical expenses in 2007,and 78% of these bankruptcies were filed by people who already had medical insurance.There were 30 million Americans who were contacted by a collection agency about a medical bill. If all US citizens were provided health care under a single-payer system medical bankruptcy would no longer exist, because the government, not private citizens, would pay all medical bills.