Social Issues In The United States

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The United States are dealing with many issues that affect society in multiple ways, however a social problem is not just a problem that is considered harmful. A Social problem is a problem that is considered harmful and in need of change. According to John Macionis (2013), a social problem is a situation that is troublesome to more than one person, it undermines the well-being of society, and is usually controversial in nature. A social problem may not affect all groups equally, some society groups may not be effected at all. Three social issues effecting a larger groups in the United States are race relations, employment and healthcare inadequacies.
In the United States there is much controversy about race and racial inequality. Just defining
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(2015) According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in June of 2005 was 5.0%, and in June of 2015 it was 5.3.%. The statistics show a fluctuation within those ten years from as high as 10% in 2009 to as low as 4.4% in 2006. Unemployment amongst college graduates is an issue. Many graduates are under employed, in that they are working in different areas outside of their degree, working part-time or looking for work, or going back to school to expand on their degree. Those going back to school have increased debt due to student loans. For low skilled or young people just entering the work force it is very difficult to obtain employment, especially in the field of their choice. Recently there has been a nationwide push to increase the minimum wage however, with the increase in minimal age employers are less likely to hire a lesser skilled individual, they want to get more experience for the increased dollars. The minimal wage increase can potentially effect the unemployment rate for young adults just starting out. According to Heriot (2015), Title VII law states that an employer cannot discriminate and goes further into the regulations on what makes a person able to be fired, therefore, employers concerned about litigation will not hire someone just to give them a chance because there is more risk of litigation if they need to fire …show more content…
This attempt of socialized medicine in the United States is also known as Obamacare. A benefit of Obamacare was to ensure that insurance companies could not deny health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions. The major contention to the Affordable Care Act, was that everyone were mandated by law to carry health insurance, force to purchase the insurance or pay a fine. Many attributed this as socialized medicine, however, it ran short in that many people who did not have insurance could not afford to pay for it either. Miquel Faria (2012) identifies that the Affordable Care Act goes against individuals rights to freedom and decision. The Affordable Care Act is currently being addressed by the Supreme Court to review its constitutionality. Having healthcare available to all citizens is an issue that does need to be addressed, however, the rights of the individuals to choose is imperative. What needs to be addressed is the cost of medications and medical equipment; if government would place caps on the costs of some of these items then medical costs could be controlled greatly. Physicians need to be the ones to control the treatment of the patients, having insurance companies control treatment based upon financial means is not in the best interest of

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