In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), widely known as “Obamacare,” was passed to ensure that all Americans can have
more access to affordable, high-quality healthcare through its health insuranceregulations. One of its aims is to reduce the number of Americans withouthealth insurance by 20 million. Although there has been slight improvements on
this end, America is still left with over 30 million citizens without access to good health insurance.
With the Republicans’ latest bill to replace the ACA unable to move forward earlier this year, the federal government must now come up with a new idea. One such controversial idea is the single-payer system that most neighboring countries like Canada already have in place. Despite having great advantages, years and years of political prejudice have shaped the minds of both government officials and the average American citizen against this type of healthcare system.
This bias against the single-payer system has been around since before World War II, but was solidified during
this time. As the single-payer system advocates for public medicine and was known to be adapted by Germany, politicians and the private sector of physicians at the time rallied against it, insisting it was un-American and disloyal to the troops fighting for their country. People have used similar propaganda against the system for years to come, shaping a general consensus against this system.
But, the single-payer system does have its advantages. This system allows public healthcare to strive. Its main
structure is providing essential healthcare for all citizens financed through taxes. With healthcare deducted from taxes, more Americans can utilize healthcare far better and easier. Through this healthcare system, all tax-abiding Americans can enjoy necessary health services without too much worry about the cost as the system centers more on the well-being of patients rather than the health industry’s investors.
All that’s left to do is convince the private sector and politicians to giving the single-payer system a chance. Yes, it
might need an initial federal spending increase while the system is being set up. But, the advantages in the long haul outweigh this reason. Without a central system to pay to, attaining universal health coverage for the American nation would definitely fail.
As for the worries of the private sector, the single-payer system does not grant full control of the health industry to the federal government. Doctors can still remain self-employed, and health enterprises will still have substantial control over most of the industry’s decisions. Plus, this does not weaken the need for good health insurance as the system provides only the most necessary services, like annual checkups and the like. Anything more specialized will remain under the jurisdiction of the private sector.
With an estimated 30% of the American society having a positive feedback on the single-payer system, lawmakers need to put some real consideration into this. Due to the world becoming more universal through the internet, more and more Americans are seeing how their counterparts have thriving healthcare systems for lower the cost. It’s not surprising that they would want the same for themselves. Having a single-payer healthcare system is not unfathomable for the future as more citizens of the
United States are seeing healthcare as their right.