health care reform and universal health care?
Whats the difference between the two?
- NoahLv 68 years agoFavorite Answer
Health CARE isn't the issue as the CARE side of the equation is private enterprise in this country. That's not likely to ever change in our time. There can be some regulations, but those kind of regulations are usually at the state level.
Nobody has ever suggested Universal HEALTH CARE....the issue is HEALTH INSURANCE. Private companies have reached a point where premiums simply can't keep rising to insure profits...there's simply been too many advances in medical science and technology in the last thirty years to continue with the health insurance business plan established in the era following the 2nd World War. At that time as medical science could do so little the cost of a policy was low and 'group insurance' as originated by the Kaiser Ship Yards was even less.
Today the only way to provide affordable HEALTH INSURANCE to the greatest number of Americans is to institute some form of non-profit HEALTH INSURANCE. MEDICARE for all would be the best solution. We agree that Health CARE should remain private while HEALTH INSURANCE, if it is to be affordable for allt must evolve into a public benefit of citizenship.
Short of that change fewer people will have HEALTH INSURANCE and in the end the HEALTH CARE side of the equation will fail for lack of payment.
- Shawn RobinLv 78 years ago
Back in the 1940s a Caanadian wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The United Nations adopted it in 1948 as the foundation of all international human rights laws.
A law it inspired is the UN's International Covenant on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights.
That law makes healthcare a right in every nation that formally ratified the covenant.
Those nations define that law as requiring them to provide healthcare to their citizens.
And that's what universal healthcare is: Government-paid healthcare for all citizens.
The US has thus far refused to ratify that law to make healthcare a legal right for US citizens.
As such, the US is one of a tiny number of industrialized modern nations that doesn't have it:
And the results of US failure to ratify that law speak for themselves. For example:
'U.S. scores dead last again in healthcare study'
'Canadians healthier than Americans, study says'
US healthcare reform - making US citizens buy their own health insurance - isn't the same thing as universal healthcare.
Nor does it make healthcare a legal right for US citizens, either.