Essay on The United States Healthcare System

1201 Words Dec 15th, 2016 5 Pages
1) The individual mandate is originally a Conservative idea. The individual mandate, seemingly the biggest sticking point for conservatives, was the brainchild of Stuart Butler of the conservative Heritage Foundation in 1989. The idea was that an individual mandate would force everyone to take “personal responsibility” where healthcare was concerned. Nobody would get a “free ride” by simply going to the emergency room with no insurance and then skipping out on the bill leaving the insured to pick up the tab through rate increases.

2) Healthcare costs are rapidly spiraling out of control. The U.S. spends about twice what the next highest country, Switzerland, spends for its healthcare. In America, healthcare is currently at about 18% of GDP at a cost of around $2.5 trillion and is projected to be 25% of the economy by 2020. If $1 in every 5 and soon to be $1 in 4 is going to healthcare, there isn’t much left for the rest of the economy.

3) The U.S. healthcare system isn’t currently providing great healthcare. The U.S. ranks 32nd of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) countries in infant mortality (only Turkey and Mexico were worse). The U.S. ranks 27th in life expectancy (Japan was first and they are outliving Americans on average by 4.3 years). The only area where the U.S. scored first was in the percentage of both men and women who are obese. That isn’t really necessarily a healthcare outcome, but having so many people obese puts…

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