Should Healthcare Be Free?

A stethoscope and pen on top of a paper

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A stethoscope and pen on top of a paper

At some point in life, everyone has gotten sick. Some luckier individuals haven’t experienced anything worse than the flu, but others have struggled with horrifying diseases. No one wants to get sick, and no one means to get sick. So is it really fair that people have to pay for their continued health? No, it isn’t.

Due to America’s backward system, some people can’t pay for medicine and other treatment. Some of these people die. There’s no good reason to let this go on. Universal healthcare would make life better for lots of people. At the same time, there is no evidence leading to the conclusion that it would make anything worse for the government, financially or otherwise.

The Declaration of Independence states that people have a right to happiness, liberty, and life. If being alive is a fundamental right, then why is the chance to survive being refused to the poor? The U.S. constitution says to promote the general welfare. Healthcare undeniably falls into the category of welfare, yet people disregard this. The citizens of the United States are forced to pay for insurance, giving money to an organization so that they have a chance of affording their ridiculous hospital bills should something happen to them. If a person does a simple online search, they can see that there are individuals begging for money to afford treatment for themself or a loved one. This is horrifying and isn’t talked about nearly enough.

In addition to all that, having free and accessible healthcare would help the economy grow. Strong, healthy people are far more productive and can do more work than those who are weakened by disease. If production rates increased, the economy would prosper. The entire country could potentially benefit from this, not just those who would depend on the free treatment.

In the past two decades, improvements have been seen in the system. These improvements include the rates of uninsured people reaching a historic low point and insurance being made more accessible and cheap for those in need. Although the ACA (Affordable Care Act) has been put in place, it is not a complete solution. Even so, eight percent of the people of the United States cannot get reasonably priced medical attention. That means that approximately one in thirteen people is at risk of going untreated due to the government’s neglect on the topic of universal healthcare. It would be beneficial to everyone to change the system. Healthcare should be free, and arguing otherwise makes little sense.