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Taylan Doherty
4/13 Discussion
Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:57pm
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My final topic choice for our issue paper is different than my first choice. My first topic was shot down because it affects the individual not the whole of society. While being prominent it was not suitable for this assignment. M newly approved topic however does affect everyone in this country, even though most of the information is based on other countries who have adopted this certain system; the closest being Canada. Many people have lobbied for the U.S. to adopt the same system, but to no avail. This system that is ever so popular is universal healthcare, for everyone. Healthcare that comes from taxes, but is available to all, is a system that has many pros and many cons; thus being perfect for this issue paper based on an argument.
The two sides to the universal healthcare argument are simple, for and against. The main points would have to be factual but many things can be said for the morals of it as well. On the side supporting universal healthcare it can be said that the number of uninsured Americans is ever growing and has reached an all-time high. There is also the argument that healthcare through certain businesses has become so expensive that people are opting out of the “healthier” decision. Universal healthcare might also help more people visit a physician early on, not fearing for the immense costs, thus catching many illnesses early on. As far as doctors go, a country wide database with all patients is a big plus wehn it comes to helping others.
The negative side however, also has many good points. For instance the healthcare must come from somewhere, and our taxes will be greatly affected by this. The change might cause uproar between classes of society. Another negative is that the healthcare industry may become just as corrupt as many branches of the government have become. Many people approaching the medical field might reconsider because certain professional options such as private practice and reduced cost professions may be altered. Even the costs of malpractice lawsuits will be affected because the government wil be more liable for certain issues.
The biggest problem I can foresee is going to be finding primary sources. However, the library’s database should help with that problem. Worst case scenario I will have to get help from a librarian who can point me in the correct direction.

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