Future of Healthcare
Healthcare is a human right. The Future First Party believes that this country will be greatly benefitted by a universal healthcare program. The program we will introduce will give all citizens the opportunity to receive medical treatment regardless of race, income, age, pre-existing condition, or gender. The purpose of a universal healthcare system is to provide individuals and families with quality healthcare and treatment without worry of payment.
How will universal healthcare benefit our country?
It will reduce individual bankruptcy…
With a universal healthcare system, there will be a decrease in individual bankruptcy, due to medical debt. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012, “the average annual cost of health care for the typical US family of four was over $20,000, and health care costs that year rose at double the rate of inflation.” High medical costs put people in debt or without treatment at all. In 2014, the Census Bureau stated “33 million people in the United States (10.4% of the US population) did not have health insurance in 2014,” According to The American Journal of Medicine, illness or medical bills contributed to 62.1% of bankruptcies in 2007, and from there gotten no better.
People will never be without medical care and treatment…
The number of people that struggle or even fail to afford any kind of health insurance is too high. A statistic done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that “28.4 million people under the age of 65 were uninsured at the time of the interview, that is 10.5%, 4.5% of the individuals were under 18 years of age.” The Future First Party will not allow even 1% of this country be without healthcare. This program will improve the health of the public and will decrease or even stop bankruptcy due to unpaid medical bills.
Universal healthcare can save lives…
Our universal healthcare system could potentially save lives. According to a 2009 study from Harvard researchers, “lack of health insurance is associated with as many as 44,789 deaths per year” (Alvin Powell). It is obvious that better healthcare will save lives. If an individual cannot afford health insurance, they then go without treatment of possible threatening illnesses. As the Harvard study concludes, this can result in death. Each individual will receive preventative care and medical treatments from their chosen primary care physicians as well as access to hospitals, dental surgery and additional medical services. Not only will these services be provided to all citizens of any age, children ages 0 to 18 must be vaccinated under any insurance policy, if one chooses not to utilize our government program. By doing this we can add to the list of disease and viruses to the eradicated list in this country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both smallpox and malaria are just two of the diseases eradicated in this country from the help of vaccines. It is the responsibility of the government to provide means of preventing disease. For over 50 years “immunization has saved more than a billion lives and prevented countless illnesses and disabilities in the United States. Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat. They continue to infect U.S. children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year.” Children with certain health problems may need to avoid vaccines, such as those with live viruses, or may need to get them later on in life. Children with cancer or those who have received any kind of organ transplant cannot receive live virus vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have seen a 99% decrease in disease such as diphtheria, measles, and mumps. The CDC has also seen a 100% decrease in diseases like polio and smallpox. All of this due to the development of vaccines. Children that are of age and are healthy enough for the vaccine will receive required vaccines. Future First Party wants ensure the safety of all children, so it is important that children that can be immunized are vaccinated.
How will we pay for universal healthcare?
The government will be fully funding the universal healthcare program. In the beginning of this program the government will put forth extra money, but in the long run of things, this program will save money. We will save money and reduce debt by having healthier citizens. According to an Institute of Medicine report, “the US economy loses $65-$130 billion annually as a result of diminished worker productivity, due to poor health and premature deaths, among the uninsured.” Having healthier citizens will cause them to miss less work, therefore they are contributing to the economy. Providing governmental universal healthcare, small businesses will not have to worry about providing healthcare coverage for themselves or their employees. Health insurance is expensive, if a business or company cannot afford to provide coverage to their employees they often don’t attract quality employees. Those that are attracted to the business either pays for their own insurance or most likely goes without any at all. When universal healthcare is enacted, everyone will be covered and less work will be missed, therefore resulting in a boost in the economy.