Universal HealthcareAccess to free healthcare after aid is strongly denied within the United States and many people wish to know why. The country has had a long history of opposing many forms of aid aside from Medicare and Medicaid. These two mainstream healthcare programs are largely the base for other healthcare acts such as the Affordable Care Act. So why does the US not have a unified healthcare system? Although the official reasoning behind not implementing universal healthcare is that it is too costly, many Americans have a deep-rooted fear of socialism that they connect to healthcare provided by the government.
The opposition to a strong unified healthcare system begins with the government outright denying any possible room for healthcare reform to take place. When ?Truman’s effort ? knocked down as “socialized” medicine, with the American Medical Association accusing the Truman administration of being “followers of the Moscow party line” ? was the start of a long line of modern efforts to come up with a health program that serves all citizens, regardless of individual wealth or health.?(-). The current system that is in place began during the late 1940s, post world war II, and the early cold war era when President Harry S. Truman pushed for healthcare reform. With Americans beginning to see the USSR as a large threat to their capitalist lifestyles, the fear, and hate toward communism were on the rise. Writers from the University of Arizona Medical School stated in an article in the National Library Of Medicine that a large majority of citizens have a lack of trust in the government(-). This lack of trust is usually from the Republican party which does not wish for more government involvement and funding in areas of aid programs such as free healthcare. As one of the Republican’s pillar ideologies, self-reliance has a large driving factor behind the party which has the support of nearly 40% of all US citizens.
There are many consequences that would follow the tearing down of the current healthcare status such as the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. When ?The Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that 54 million people have conditions serious enough that insurers would outright deny them coverage if the A.C.A. were not in effect?? this inferred that without the ACA nearly 16% of the US population would be in disarray facing large economic losses such as losing their jobs, falling near or under the poverty line and losing much of their welfare. With so many possibilities when many
Americans don’t have that government backing in order to simply stay healthy, the need to implement a unified healthcare system ever-increasingly grows by the year. One of the many current problems in today’s healthcare industry is pricing and supply from large companies (s) and corporations owned by the wealthy. The case regarding Pharma Bro, or Martin Shkreli, shows a very obvious problem when defending the opposition, ?Shkreli earned widespread condemnation in 2015 when he raised the price of Daraprim — an anti-malaria medication often prescribed for HIV patients — by 4,000% and initiated a scheme to block the entry of generic drug competition so that he could reap the profits from Daraprim sales for as long as possible??. Large and or small companies and corporations have too much say within the industry regarding the health and welfare of the citizens. Even with laws and regulations placed by the federal government, there will always be loopholes regardless of their severity. These kinds of scam operations performed by privately owned businesses are run by the very same people who cry and shout that socialism will bring a communist economy into the United States.
While many people push for universal healthcare, the opposing side generally states that the idea would not work and only harm the country.