Why are so many Americans opposed to universal health care? I read this in a recent article.?

Americans do not like the idea of paying higher taxes especially supporting those who are lower income and are unemployed. Also, they don't like the idea of government run institutions because they feel the goverment always screw things up. Also, if we switched to a universal health care system, the quality of... show more Americans do not like the idea of paying higher taxes especially supporting those who are lower income and are unemployed. Also, they don't like the idea of government run institutions because they feel the goverment always screw things up. Also, if we switched to a universal health care system, the quality of medical care will dwindle. And another con, long wait times.

I don't find most of the above true. My fiance is a UK citizend and I have lived in the UK and experienced the NHS firsthand. Yes, I had to wait longest was 2 hours in an emergency room. Anytime my fiance had to see a specialist, his GP would refer him but if GP felt that it was urgent he would send my fiance to the top of the list and he'd get an appointment within a week. All inclusive taxes in the UK (includes national health insurance) is just 23% of your salary. I never questioned the quality of care here in the UK. The service I recevied was excellent and the MD's were just as competent as American doctors. Hospital facilities were the same as in America. It is the 60th anniversary of the NHS and still going strong. The goverment is pumping more money into the NHS to improve facilities and programs. In the UK, you also have the option to pay for private health insurance and still have NHS as a back up incase things go awry.

At least with universal health care everyone is covered whether they are unemployed, or have a pre-existing condition such as myself. If I lose my job in America, I will not be able to obtain health insurance, because health insurance companies reject individuals with pre-existing conditions. I wouldn't make the low income bracket to qualify for goverment subsidized health insurance. And I'm too young for Medicare. So where does this leave me? Either bankrupt or dead. All in all screwed.

Universal Health care makes sense to me, I guess I am biased because of my circumstances. When it doesn't affect you, I guess this is the reason why people are apathetic. But hey, you can lose your job and get cancer all of sudden. I wonder how those people who think universal health care is a waste would change their mind then? When it happens to them.

What are your views on universal health care for the US? Do you think the US will ever have some form of universal health care in this lifetime?
Update: *Typo above. "I find most of the above true" should be changed to "I find most of the above untrue"
Update 2: I would also like to add that Americans pay for twice as much for the same medications in Europe and Asia.
Update 3: To Woteva, you're a uk citizen and hate paying higher taxes, but if you had to shell out to pay private insurance it's even more money. At least you have the NHS to fall back on in case you lose your job ( it happens you know). You can also focus on building your job skill and utilizing your talent to your... show more To Woteva, you're a uk citizen and hate paying higher taxes, but if you had to shell out to pay private insurance it's even more money. At least you have the NHS to fall back on in case you lose your job ( it happens you know). You can also focus on building your job skill and utilizing your talent to your fullest potential. You are not locked in a dead in job because you need health insurance, which is the case for a lot of Americans.
Update 4: To Paul, inferior health care? Did you not read my post at all. In the UK, their service is on par with the US. Canada also has universal health care and has a lower rate of infant mortality death rates, lower rate of diabets, hypertension, etc. In America, the emergency rooms are flooded already, because people... show more To Paul, inferior health care? Did you not read my post at all. In the UK, their service is on par with the US. Canada also has universal health care and has a lower rate of infant mortality death rates, lower rate of diabets, hypertension, etc. In America, the emergency rooms are flooded already, because people who don't have health insurance are currently using the ER to get treated for non life threatening conditions. The wait time is even longer, I've had to wait 7 hours in the ER in America once for a broken leg. And guess what your tax money is paying for the deficit that hospitals have in millions of unpaid bills because people can't afford health insurance.

I don't understand why Americans have this blind patriotism? To be patriotic means to be blind to large loopholes in our system? Even Harry Truman wanted universal health care back then and he served 4 terms in office. Does this mean Truman was a communist?
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