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Issue- Available Affordable Heath Care Their Fame- Our country has the best health care system in the world. Health care systems run by the government are inefficient, of lower quality, and result in allocation of service by the government. Our Frame- It is our moral responsibility to assure basic health care to all. We must strive to improve our heath care system to deliver the same average quality and economic efficiency as heath care systems in other developed countries. Our current heath car
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  Issue-  Available Affordable Heath Care Their Fame- Our country has the best health care system in the world. Health caresystems run by the government are inefficient, of lower quality, and result in allocationof service by the government. Our Frame - It is our moral responsibility to assure basic health care to all. We muststrive to improve our heath care system to deliver the same average quality andeconomic efficiency as heath care systems in other developed countries. Our currentheath care system is the highest cost system worldwide yet is at best average in overallquality of service. This puts us at a competitive disadvantage. On a comparative basis,our system costs most and does least. One Minute Statement: Without your health you have nothing. What is more important than your health andyour family's health? If we believe the government's charge is to defend America,shouldn't that extend to defending Americans' health? The morality of this issue isclear. Everyone deserves basic care. Everyone deserves medicine when sick. To sayotherwise is inhumane and immoral.I believe in a health care system that: ã Makes us economically competitive with other developed nations. Our current lack of a national health care system has resulted in companies decidingto locate in other countries with defined medical system. Recently Toyota choseto build a new plant in Canada and not the U.S., primarily because of Canada's national health insurance system, which saves auto manufacturers large sumsin benefit payments compared with their costs in the United States. Privatelyfunded insurance plans are a key factor in the high cost structure of many USmanufacturers. ã Delivers medical care with the same cost/ benefit as enjoyed otherdeveloped countries. Our current system is the highest cost medical system inthe world but it ranks well below others in such critical metrics as lifeexpectancy, infant mortality, doctors as a percentage of population, etc. ã Fairly represents all of the stakeholders in the medical system. The currentsystem reflects the interests of the insurance and the pharmaceutical companies,often to the detriment of the patient and the doctor. Our health care system mustreflect the interest of all stakeholders from both a moral and a financial perspective. ã Recognizes the moral imperative that   everyone deserves basic care. I believe that this imperative is based on the Golden Rule, a moral preceptcommon to all religions  ã Restructures the current method of allocating medical care. While someargue that the current system is free of allocation, experience tells me otherwise.Under the current system millions are “priced out” of the medical system basedsolely on their economic situation. People see costs climbing, worry abouttheir own ability to pay in a crisis. Our health case system must address thisconcern. Key Words: Defend Americans' health, morality, economically competitive system, the GoldenRule, basic health care, fair representation, moral imperative, control costs Elevator Statement: Without your health you have nothing. What is more important than your health andyour family's health? If we believe the government's charge is to defend America,shouldn't that extend to defending Americans' health? The morality of this issue isclear. Everyone deserves basic care. Everyone deserves medicine when sick. To sayotherwise is inhumane and immoral.References:http://forum.rockridgeinstitute.org/?q=dialogue05/day8/healthcare  Concepts from the Web ã Without your health you have nothing. What is more important than your family's health? If we believe the government's charge is to defend America,shouldn't that extend to defending Americans' health? ã In a post below, Jason Pitzl-Waters hits the nail on the head when he emphasizesthe moral dimension of the commitment to universal health care: We need to beclear that the morality of this issue is not hazy. Everyone deserves basic care.Everyone deserves medicine when sick. To say otherwise is to reduce humanity tostatistics. ã Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies inthe final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are coldand are not clothed. --President Dwight D. Eisenhower  ã Universal Health Care (UHC?) should have strong pull from many corners: upper middle incomes to lower incomes and, increasingly, corporations that employlarge numbers of workers. The pharmaceutical and medical industries wouldn'tsupport it, of course, but the car companies sure would, as should airlines, banks,etc. ã  but public health by definition is about shared, common responsibility (andindirect benefits to individuals). ã A weak area for the individual-is-center frame seems to me that it presumes thatall things are under your control ã Paul Krugman of the New York Times had an interesting commentary this week about how Toyota chose to build a new plant in Canada and not the U.S., primarily because of Canada's national health insurance system, which savesauto manufacturers large sums in benefit payments compared with their costs inthe United States. ã As I was listening to the news on my way home from work, it heard a story abouthow the different of an auto worker in Germany and one in the US. A significantdifference is that every US made car had a Health-care Cost for current and pensioned workers of about $1200 that the German car didn't. I cannot remember the exact number; it may be +/- a few hundred. GM's health-care costs aregrowing at 10%/yr. ã Other elements of making the case include areas of enlightened self interest: I'mless likely to get sick if others around me aren't sick; our economy is stronger if itinvests a little in preventive care (and early childhood education, ...) than inexpensive emergency room visits costing 100X as much, etc ã Studies show roughly two-thirds of Americans believe it's a good idea toguarantee health care for all U.S. citizens, as Canada and Britain do. ã I can only suggest being persistent in pushing the nation as family frame andnot letting the debate get into abstractions. Keep it concrete in the realm of familyand friend relations and the kind of moral reciprocity that operates in them. Eventhe Christians know about the Golden Rule of treating others as we would wish to be treated. By extension, the legitimacy of any government is based on its moral  authority to govern as benevolently as parents would raise their children--whichshould be governed by affection according Confucian doctrine. ã Moderate to higher income earners, those that pay for their own health coverage personally, or that have been watching their share of those costs increase as benefits get cut are rightly disgusted by the cost, especially from a world-comparative standpoint ã I like the idea of putting Medicare and Medicaid together and streamlining themin order to create a base-level emergency care for all taxpayers (as mentioned byrealpc). The trick here is to try keep taxes from increasing to pay for this --something that I think is possible if the right streamlining approach is taken ã Suggest that there are two obstacles to reform. First, an overall healthy general public that, both progressive and conservative, has far too little awareness of thedimensions of the problem. Second, those with a vested interest in the currentsystem - the health care corporations, which is one of the largest if not the largestlobbying group in DC - are never going to be persuaded. Pressure on politicians,class action litigation - the kinds of things used against the tobacco industry -that's what it's going to take. ã I think it is unconscionable for a prosperous society like ours to expectEVERYBODY to DONATE one of the most precious things that they possess,their blood, so that the lives of those who have insurance can be saved, and thenturn around and say, Thanks for your blood. But don't expect society to providehealth insurance for you, because with all the money we're spending ondestroying people abroad, we can't afford healthcare for people like you. ã Skyrocketing health care costs and increasing restrictions by health insurancecompanies have left people frustrated with the nation’s health care system.Consequently, health care is poised to move to the top of the public agendaAmericans view health care as a basic human right for all, but they see millionswithout health insurance and worry that they are vulnerable to a health crisis thatwould leave them owing massive medical bills ã Concerns about the health care system cluster into three areas: cost, access, andquality. People see costs climbing, worry about their own ability to pay in a crisis,and are concerned about those unable to afford insurance. While they rate their own access to insurance positively, people recognize that low income Americanshave poor access to care. Furthermore, Americans worry about decisions byinsurance companies that will restrict their own access to the care they need.Finally, while most people still hold positive views of the quality of care inAmerica, overall ratings are weak, and definitions of quality are primarily basedon personal relationships with care providers ã The public, doctors, and business executives believe the health care system needsfundamental change, and support a variety of government actions to address problems in the system. All three groups agree that the trend toward managed carehas harmed quality while doing little to control costs. Fundamentally, they do nottrust insurance companies to put the best interests of the patient before profits ã The public has a number of policy priorities, but when forced to choose only one,dealing with the uninsured is primary. There are a number of solutions the publicand business executives will support to address the uninsured, but they want to
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