Universal Healthcare

Janae Williams
English 1B
July 21, 2009
Value-Claim Essay
Universal Healthcare
During an interview on sixty minutes Linda Sharp said, “I don’t want to die. I shouldn’t have to die. This is a county hospital. This is for people that, like me, have lost their insurance, have not any other resources. I mean I was a responsible person. I bought my house. I put money away. I raised my two children. And now I have nothing. You know my house isn’t worth anything. I have no money. And I said ‘What do I do, but what do all these other people do after me?’ ‘And they said we don’t know,’” Linda Sharp told 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley.   Sharp, 63, has been fighting lymphoma since July. She’s not working because of her illness and has no insurance. Last year, she received charity care at the county hospital, University Medical Center. She was one of 2,000 patients who got the letter.   “Dear patient, we regret to inform you that the Nevada Cancer Institute will no longer provide contract oncology services at University Medical Center,” Sharp read.   This is the grim reality of what happens daily in America.
The United States health care system insures a smaller portion of its citizens and spends much more on health care than any other industrialized nation.   Health care affects each individual at some point in his life.   Rising insurance premiums and health care costs make accessing health care more difficult, if not impossible, for a large percentage of Americans.   Universal health care is a broad concept that has been implemented in several ways. The common denominator for all such programs is some form of government action aimed at extending access to health care as widely as possible and setting minimum standards.   Most implement universal health care through legislation, regulation and taxation. Regulation and legislation direct what care must be provided, to whom, and on what basis. Usually, some costs are given by the patient at the time of...