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Monday, September 07, 2009

Why is health care so controversial?

You've probably seen the pundits on t.v. talking about health care. You've probably heard government officials, your parents, maybe even your friends talk about this issue. So what is the controversy? Is good health care affordable today? Is affordable health care good? Should the government get in the business of running health care? If health care is broken how can the government say, "you can keep the plan you have"? From your perspective is there a solution for this? What can we do? What should we do?

15 Comments:

Blogger Breezy said...

I believe socialized health care is so controversial because the people who already have health care, are afraid they will lose their health care. Plus, no one wants to fund other people's health care more than we already have to.
If there really was an option to stay with your healthcare, it would be more expensive. If we look at the countries who have tried this system, anyone who needs serious medical treatment comes to the United States where the health care ISN'T socialized.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Carly Riemensnider said...

I believe that health care is so controversial because of our economy. Since the unemployment rate is so high, many people are losing their health care packages. Because of this, some of them cannot afford to go to the doctor, which really doesn't agree with America's main principles. If America really believed in equality across the board, everyone would be provided health care. However, this does not happen because of the expense. If American government really believes in equality for all Americans, the solutions are 1) to provide health care for everyone or 2) to provide health care for no one. The first option would be more beneficial for the citizens, but it would also be more costly to the government.


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9:52 AM  
Blogger Kelsey 1st hr said...

I think that there are many problems with healthcare today. First off, there is the fact that tons of people don't have health care because they can't afford it, or thier job doesn't offer it. Second, there are those who do have insurance through their jobs, but don't have very much coverage. Should people risk not having health insurance to save money if they don't need it, or play it safe and pay the extra to be covered?

6:43 PM  
Blogger Sydney Schulz said...

Health care is so controversial because we've seen that socialized health care does not work with other nations so why would it work with us? People would be running to the hospital for everything because they would be covered. I believe we should stay with our healthcare we have now and if there some possible way make it more affordable so a wider variety of people can afford it.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Tyler Radcliffe said...

I believe that health care is so controversial because it is very socialist and the U.S. are not communist people. We are very against it. Good health care today is getting more and more expensive as the years roll by but it is very good health care depending on what plans you use. The government can get into the business of running health care but they should not become health care and make everybody switch over to the government run health care that is not as good as private insurance.

1:43 PM  
Blogger justGeorge said...

Why are you asking so many questions? Do YOU have an opinion on this topic? What are the answers to your questions? What are the answers to my questions?

The End

8:04 PM  
Blogger David Smith said...

I think it is so controversial because we've seen that government controlled health care doesn't work for other countries plus there are so many people that don't go to the doctor now because they don't have health care, but when they do, they will go for every tiny problem that comes up.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Taylor Harmon hr2 said...

I think that health care is so controversial partly because our economy is so bad and because health care is so expensive. Doctors charge more and more because of malpractice and those charges get added to the patient to pay. With people losing their jobs and companies cutting back on health care as a benefit, people cannot afford to go to the doctor when they need to. I am not sure of the solution but I don't think that the government should get involved in health care I think they should allow people to solve the issues with insurance companies because if we don't like that insurance company we don't have to use that company and maybe that will make the insurance people make insurance more affordable.

8:43 PM  
Blogger JLockwood said...

Heath care is so controversial today because the goverment has everyone scared exspecially with our economy. People with heath care are worried they might loose and then their are the people who cant afford it and struggle everyday trying to decide on buying their pills or food. Heath care is so expensive today but its such a neccesity that government shoudnt allow it to be so much. Then there is the possiblity of universal heath care but that scares people cause it would raise taxes and everyone is to worried about money to think about how it could help others. Although in the end because tax payers are still paying for every person who goes to the hospital with out insurance. SO the big question is what are we suppposed to do? Well im not sure I just know either way will cost tax payers money so in the end I would go with the way thats going to help the most people.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

Health care is so controversial because everyone is in a different situation and all want the best for themselves. Some are all for Universal Health care because they cannot afford it themselves. Others, who are more fortunate, would rather not spend their money on something they may never see. Health care is not very affordable and there is not really a good solution that all of America would be satisfied with. The obvious approach is to try and lower the cost of health care, but that would be hard without injuring the economy.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Hannah K said...

When it all boils down to it, the national health care plan Obama has promoted is only controversial due to one factor. The middle-upper class citizen who already have their own health coverage don't want use their tax money to pay for the health care of someone below themselves. You can say what you want, but it's a fairly common belief that the only reason these people don't already have health coverage is because they don't have a job or they're lazy, and not willing to earn for themselves. While, I personally don't agree with that statement, a large portion of the population does. No one wants to have to support a person just becuase the government is enacting this health care plan. It's not fair for the hard-working citizens who've earned their own health benefits to have to now earn and pay for those who don't earn it for themselves.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Bailey said...

I believe that health care is affordable to day. I say this because medicare is perfectly affordable for many people. I also believe that if someone wants health care then they should get a job of some sort if they can not afford it. Yes, affordable health care is good. I know many people that use medicare and it works just fine for their needs. I think the only reason that the government should get involved with health care is if they improve medicare and make it avilable to more people. I do not think that health care should be forced upon people who do not want that specific type of health care.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Shelby Curtis said...

One of the reasons this is a controversy is that some people think that because universal health care is a trait of commuinism that we are going to become communists. Considering we fought a whole war against communism, I highly doubt that's what is going to happen. Some people can't afford health care and therefore don't have it at all. It's great that the government is providing it for them, but why make it illegal? If they want it great if not, why is that the governments problem? I don't think there is a solution to this right now. Until another president comes in and changes evrything again, we're going to have to deal with things we don't agree with because even though you don't like it, it really might be making someone else's life a lot better.

3:54 PM  
Blogger ChocoCello said...

When people of America look at HC, some thing good, some think bad. Most people who look at the good side of this are looking at the benificial extras that come with it. Whereas, people who look at the bad side of things look at the fact that the economy just recently recovered. That's where the contorversy comes in and people begin bashing heads on rather this plan is really what America needs or if it'll harm it even more.

7:58 AM  
Blogger KathrineKuhlmann said...

I think the health care is so controversial because of our current state of economy. With so many people low on money and the price of health care on the rise, it's causing more and more people to be unable to get to a doctor which is unfair to many Americans. To anyone in this country, health care should be within reach, but the way it is being handled with in the government is not the best idea. The face that the people with the money would have to pay and the ones without enough could be eligible for free healthcare is unfair to a majority of Americans. It's a sticky situation that the government's put themselves into.

11:18 PM  

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