The Universal Healthcare plan fondly known as Obamacare has been touted and regarded as a game changer, historic, and revolutionary by many and rightly so. The act aims to change the American health care system and to bring positive change to the quality of lives of its citizens.
The expansion of SCHIP program, digitization of health records and expansion of COBRA insurance to unemployed workers would indeed do a lot of good to the citizenry.
Moreover the act prohibits private health insurance companies to deny insurance for pre-existing or to drop coverage when a patient gets sick, a move which strikes the right chord and will a long way in ensuring universal and uniform health care to all. The United States stands as the single industrialized nation whose citizens are not guaranteed the right to health care, resulting in 45 million uninsured individuals (Belcher 2010). The act would definitely mend this bias and ensure that each citizen is covered under insurance and hence is not denied health care. Some of the critics of the Universal Health care argue that its implementation would cost a lost and hence it should be shunned. But according to some stats, The United States spends more on health care as a percentage of GDP than any other developed nation (Philip 2009). This is because overall cost of universal healthcare is far less than a private system.
As the article clearly points out, steps like setting up of National Health Insurance Exchange would strengthen the health care system and would even bring down premiums substantially. This act has been hailed and praised by many and the overall public opinion is positive too. It clearly goes on to show the benefits of Universal Health care and shows that it is good for its citizens and US.
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