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Public Option and Universal Healthcare

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Public Option and Universal Healthcare

  • Mar 15, 2010
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   This issue has been a hotbed topic ever since President Obama first started running for office and it’s quite a controversial one as well. It’s far from being a bipartisan effort. Conservatives in both houses are dead-set against it and even some Democrats, such as Michael McMahon, NY have voted against it saying it’s not in the best interest of the people in his district.  Conservatives say health care reform needs more planning and drafting.  We have millions of Americans who are uninsured and underinsured in this country.  What is the answer to this decades’ long dilemma?  Many say we have universal healthcare in this country already which is Medicaid and Medicare but these only service a percentage of the population.  There are income guidelines for Medicaid and if your income is too much-you don’t qualify for it. 


   Should universal healthcare be delegated to the state level only?  In New York State, the uninsured are encouraged to sign up for HMO’s such as, Health First, Family Health Plus, Health Plus, HIP Medicaid, GHI Medicaid, etc.  This allows members doctors of their own choosing rather than resorting to clinics and hospital emergency rooms for medical care. There are also income guidelines and members pay according to their income and family size.


   Many people argue that there is no way healthcare should be delegated to the national level because of politicians and lobbyists are in the pockets of insurance companies and pharmaceuticals.  Then why in countries such as Canada, Sweden and England-there is universal healthcare for its citizens.  The argument here is that the wealthy from these countries come here for our medical care. They get surgeries and medical procedures in which there is a long wait for.  Opponents of the public option argue that the medical care in countries that have universal healthcare is substandard and one person can literally die waiting for a major procedure, tests or/and surgery.   


   Is there any real solution to this problem of millions of Americans with little or no medical care available to them?  I have always argued that the first thing that public option should remedy is those who are uninsured and underinsured. These are ones who are most in need.  The healthcare system in our country is sorely in need of reform, when you have people who have to make the painful decision between purchasing much-needed medications or buying food, paying rent, etc.-it is indeed a travesty.    

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