National and universal health care is not only a worldwide matter, but also an even bigger topic in the United States. Why? Because America does not yet support and fund a national single payer health care system for its citizens. Many brilliant presidents, persons without insurance, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, have addressed this issue. Being one of the few industrialized nations that doesn’t have national health care puts the United States farther behind many satisfied countries justly and socially.
The history of health care and its disputes goes all the way back to the 1900’s. A few brilliant political leaders have tried providing our country with the decency of having national health care but weren’t able to succeed. Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Clinton and Obama have all tried to pass health care reforms, and yes, two of those presidents were Republican. Although each figure’s plan varied from another one, they still portrayed the same basic ideas and goals. They progressed towards developing a health care plan that would cover everyone, but most importantly, the lower income families.
A large benefit of having a universal health care system is that one can receive universal coverage at a lower cost than is given by larger funding methods. Canada has universal coverage, excellent health outcomes, minimal paperwork, and a great public satisfaction, although coverage or reimbursement decisions do tend to become political.
For decades there have always been opposing views towards having universal health care. It has been argued that universal health care will be too expensive and bankrupt America. This topic is relevant to every single citizen of the United States that has ever been to a hospital, clinic, or physician and received medical attention. According to Emmanuel Ezekiel, in 2010, the entire gross domestic product of France, which happens to be the world’s fifth largest economy, was $2.58 trillion dollars. America spends $2.6 trillion dollars per year on health care, the equivalent to what the fifth largest country in the world spends total per year (39). And I'm not sure how this went unnoticed by those opposing universal health care, but the United States is already bankrupt, so therefore getting a universal health care system could not possibly make our financial system broke since it already is. The insurance companies spend about 20 cents of every dollar on overhead, which is basically executive profit. They don't want to compete against a more efficient competitor, which would be government run health care because that would put all of them out of business and out of money. According to Sigerist, it would be cheaper and easier on everyone because if our health care system was government run, it would be paid for through taxes, which the tax payers are already doing, but in a time near recession, the government would have to organize other ways of paying for it anyways (32).