New Health Care System Proposal

My Proposal for a New Health Care System
HCA/210 - Introduction to Health Care
University of Phoenix/Axia College
June 25, 2009

My Proposal for a New Health Care System

      Only the issues of abortion and the death penalty have been as controversial in the political arena as the debate on the health care system. Every political party agrees the healthcare system is in dire need of reform. In a talk given to The Association for State Green Parties (1999) states that, “The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee access to health care as a right of citizenship”. (para. 1)   The liberal health care proposal begins with the belief that health care should be an equal right of all people. "Right" means that the government guarantees something to everyone. Rights come in two categories: individual freedoms and population-based prerogatives. Prerogatives require that the government either allocates money for a service or authorizes another entity to pay for the service. (Bodenheimer, 2005).
Considering the effectiveness and questionable financial viability of Medicare, it is clear that changes need to be instituted. Additionally, it is also apparent that there is an unaddressed demand by the American people for choice and diversity in their health care and that the limitations and inefficient program of the government model is an obstacle to better healthcare. So what should be done? This author believes that a single payer, universal health care structure administered by a state public health system would be much more egalitarian and much less invasive than our current system.
      Let us begin by stating and refuting the myths that have been circulating in the U.S. and have been propagated by our government for what seems an eternity. Battista, M.D. & McCabe, Ph.D. (1999) cite the myths as follows, “Myth one: The United States has the best health care system in the world.” The facts state quite the opposite, the U.S. is...