In 2010, the American Care Act was signed and opened the health insurance market to many individuals who were not previously eligible for insurance policies (Health & Human Services, 2019). Prior to the ACA, US citizens may have been eligible for insurance if they worked full time and their employer carried the benefit, they were over 65 and could enroll in Medicare, lived under the poverty line and could enroll in Medicaid, or paid insurance companies directly for coverage if you met the criteria and did not have any pre-existing conditions. Throughout Europe and parts of Asia, developed nations have models of universal healthcare in which every citizen is given a healthcare policy no matter their employment status. This dates back to post World War II when the US helped rebuild the many nations involved by implementing the Marshall Plan; among other things, this Plan outlined a way for all citizens of their respective countries to receive the proper medical attention they needed. Stateside, businesses worked with the Chamber of Commerce and major healthcare groups like The American Medical Association to keep insurance plans in the hands of private companies and out of the scope of the government.

Still today the matter of private versus government-issued healthcare is a polarizing issue. Where many feel that healthcare is a fundamental right and that a government allowing the health of its populace to flounder is irresponsible of the nation, many others feel that bringing the government into the healthcare conversation will only worsen the amount and type of care our citizenry receives. The propaganda of “socialized medicine” and the thought of “big brother” telling the American people what care they can or cannot receive is not too far off from the privatized model, where a small group of multi-billion-dollar insurance companies ultimately decide what level of care you receive, forcing patients and doctors to fight for testing and procedures that the companies refuse to pay. More information on either side of the argument would only benefit the American people, but, unfortunately, people will only believe what they wish to be true and the fight for a universal healthcare model will continue to rage on.

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