Understanding U.S. healthcare

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Most people outside the U.S. don’t seem to understand what is going on with the U.S. healthcare system. Just about all advanced countries in the world today have some form of healthcare for everyone in that country. The U.S. traditionally has had a system where you voluntarily buy healthcare insurance or get it through your work. The lowest income levels in the U.S. do have healthcare provided from the government, however, those that are just above those low levels but may not necessarily have enough income to afford health insurance have been simply out of luck.

President Obama fixed that to some extent by creating a large pool of insurance customers to make it more affordable for those people that are without it. This system will take a few years to be fully implemented but has been debated non-stop. It comes down to a simple way of looking at the issue of healthcare. You either see healthcare as a right or a privilege. If you see it as a right, then the U.S. healthcare is better under Obama but still has much more to do. If you see it as a privilege then you think Obama is crazy and should leave Washington D.C. ASAP.

If you think about it, the U.S. has the best healthcare in the world for those lucky enough to be able to afford it. Many European countries, as well as Canada, probably don’t like to hear it, but it’s true. If done correctly, this level of quality does not have to go down simply because every American has healthcare. As long as doctors continue to get paid as well as they do and investments in institutions continue to be made, the healthcare system will remain the best in the world.

A country like the U.S. which is the leader in so many areas (although dropping slowly in some key areas,¬†unfortunately) and which all other countries look up to (although many won’t admit it) should be the first to cover every citizen with sufficient healthcare.¬†It boggles people’s minds outside the U.S. that so many people there see basic healthcare as a privilege but, gun ownership as a right. This is 100% backwards thinking suitable for a lawless and archaic time. The U.S. should flip these two things around to give everyone a chance to live healthy. I won’t go into the gun laws because that’s a separate can of worms all together.