The Need for Universal Healthcare Persuasive Essay by Nicky

A letter to a senior policy administrator on the need for universal healthcare in the United States.
# 151450 | 2,924 words | 8 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2012 in Political Science (U.S.) , Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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The paper argues that the failure of the United States to establish a national healthcare system is a serious public health crisis for Americans that is observable in the many uninsured citizens of this nation, the prohibitively high cost of healthcare and a general decline in standards, facilities and qualified professionals in the field. The paper contends that it is incumbent upon policymakers to achieve a form of federal legislation guided toward increasing the presence, adequacy and accessibility of meaningful public healthcare assistance. The paper proposes solutions for a change of healthcare policy and considers its practical effects on the many different parties involved.

From the Paper:

"A Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive Health-Care Poll indicates that on a whole, the American public "believes that reducing the percentage of uninsured Americans is the most important healthcare issue for the government to address." (Cummings, 2006, p. 1) This points to the biggest problem that the healthcare industry must fight, which is the economic prejudice that seems to control pricing and access to decent medical attention. Unfair insurance practices like the high cost of premiums, the high cost of buying a share in an employer's company coverage program and the routine unwillingness of insurance companies to cover the costs for many necessary medical treatments have all led to a situation where more than 40 million American people are uninsured.
"The problem of a lack of insurance for many is related to the problem of the cost of healthcare. For insurance, medical procedures and prescription drugs, healthcare has been increasing in its cost for the consumer at a faster rate than any other industry. One of the main reasons is the above-mentioned issue of insurance costs, which because of an unwillingness of the government to enforce regulation on monopolistic corporate practices, is a cause for the negative spiral of a rising expensiveness."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cummings, J. (2006). About Half of U.S. Adults Lack Confidence in both Democrats and Republicans to Do a Better Job of Addressing Healthcare System Concerns. The Wall Street Journal. Online at Health-CarePoll2006vol5_iss19.pdf>.
  • Kessler, D.P. (2004). Health, Wealthy, and Wise. The Washington Journal. Online at
  • NCHC. (2004). Healthcare Insurance Cost. The National Coalition on Health Care. Online at <>.
  • NCHS. (2005). Access to Health Care Part 3: Older Adults. Centers for Disease Control. Online at <>
  • Quadagno, J. (2005). One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance. Oxford University Press.

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