Universal Healthcare

Universal Healthcare




Rising costs and soaring insurance premiums have left millions of Americans uninsured, underinsured, or struggling with medical debt. Supporters of healthcare reform believe the United States should join other industrialized nations in guaranteeing insurance coverage to every citizen. Though healthcare is usually a benefit provided through one's employer, the recent economic crisis has many proposing blanket healthcare coverage for everyone in the United States. People disagree, however, about how to provide access while controlling costs and promoting high-quality services. Some say that free-market solutions are the answer, while others favor a larger role for government, including a single-payer national insurance program. Universal Healthcare explores this critical issue that affects the health of every U.S. citizen.

Each book in the Point/Counterpoint series offers all the statutes, legal opinions, and studies a student needs to structure a cohesive argument on a given controversial topic. Issues are presented from multiple points of view; sidebars cite laws, opinions, and court cases to aid in critical analysis; appendices help students conduct legal research; and all sources are fully documented.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604135053
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Point/Counterpoint Series: Issues in Contemporary American Society
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction: Healthcare in the United States 11

Point: Healthcare Is a Basic Human Right 31

Counterpoint: Healthcare Is a Marketplace Commodity That People Can Buy and Sell 44

Point: The United States Should Adopt a National Single-Payer Healthcare System 55

Counterpoint: The United States Should Not Adopt a National Single-Payer Healthcare System 71

Point: Managed Care Systems Deliver Quality Healthcare 85

Counterpoint: Managed Care Systems Reduce Choices, Access, and Quality 97

Conclusion: Other Topics for Debate 109

Appendix: Beginning Legal Research 121

Elements of the Argument 124

Notes 126

Resources 136

Picture Credits 143

Index 144

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