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POLL Should America Have Universal Healthcare?

In Canada, there is Universal Healthcare but it works like Medicare here in the states.
Its covers anything medical but it does Not cover, Dental, prescriptions, glasses, etc.
Most people get a secondary insurance to absorb the cost of those things.
What do you Think?

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By twshield
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I don't know how dental and vision ever got separated from general "health care" but keeping them separate is totally PREPOSTEROUS! Dental disease was once the major killer of middle aged men. An infected tooth can lead to many consequent illnesses. Additionally, having a healthy looking smile has been shown to greatly improve potential earnings.

Vision is the sense we depend upon more than all the others put together. Defects is vision can lead to all manner of serious accidents. It is as vital to good health as healthy blood pressure.

So yes, we should have universal healthcare. However, it should cover ALL aspects of health, not just the ones we have traditionally included.

IndridCold Level 4 Dec 10, 2017
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Absolutely.

MichaelBenton Level 3 Dec 9, 2017
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I waited to start my own business until the ACA actually kicked in. I walked away from corporate America with the understanding that my wife and I could both buy affordable coverage. I take the attempts of the GOP to destroy this as "fighting words." I've always wondered if anything could induce me to buy gun, and take a shot at an elected official. THIS ISSUE is that thing. I'm a peace loving person, but threaten my life, or the life of a loved one, and you will see the side of me that will fight for my life. Oh, and I've never owned a gun in my whole life. Still don't but.....

IndridCold Level 4 Dec 7, 2017
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They certainly are not on the side of Middle and Working class. Hope you will use that guy for personal safety and not for that reason. It will just make a bad thing worse My friend!

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It is a right, not a privilege in my opinion. I would have thought U.S. businesses would have been behind something like this as then they would not have to bear some of the costs of health care for their employees.

SteveB Level 7 Dec 7, 2017
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Absolutely, but I'm from Canada eh!

atheist Level 7 Dec 7, 2017
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Me too Montreal, Westmount. But I have been in USA since my teens

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Ever think about coming back home?

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Every day! Unfortunately I have been here most of my life now and it would be hard to uproot and come back. I do plan to come back when I retire

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See you then! smile001.gif

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Need is the incorrect metric by which to justify a basic safety net. Need is really a question of degree. No matter how high up the Mazlovian pyramid you are, you will eventually die. The real justification is connectedness. We are all better off with a healthy, educated populace. It should be realized, however, that education and healthcare are not rights. That's why they are subject to moral hazard and the tragedy of the commons. They are, rather, worthy benefits that should be delivered as efficiently as possible. Rights are inherent. Governments obstruct or enforce them but do not create them. The question of whether govt benefits should be rights is a specious one, they simply aren't.

robtx Level 3 Dec 7, 2017
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The U.S. is falling way behind other countries as far as human rights, standards of living, wages and healthcare. The U.S. is just number 1 in two areas. Military spending and the number of people who believe in angels.

snytiger6 Level 7 Dec 7, 2017
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Also, prison population per capita and in absolute numbers.

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It's well past time to offer that privilege to all.

mt49er Level 5 Dec 7, 2017
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Privilege? I don't think that someone who is suffering from a painful. debilitating, or fatal disease views adequate healthcare as a privilege. As they need it to live, healthcare becomes synonymous with the right to live. Therefore, healthcare is a right.

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@NerdyOkieDude Since you can be denied healthcare, it's not a right. If you have insurance and money to pay the portion of the bill insurance won't, then you'll have the right to healthcare. These special circumstances make it a privilege.

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You're correct that it is not a legal right. But in so far as the right to life is a natural right, arising from the fact of our shared humanity, health care is a natural right. Therefore it is arguably a legal privilege, and morally indefensible as such in a country that has stated as one of it's founding values that all persons have a natural right to life.

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I find it amazing that "so called " believers are less compassionate about this and so many other things than agnostics and athiests are.
They do however make a big deal out of it when they make a donation etc.

Buddha Level 6 Dec 7, 2017
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I was raised on that concept with another name 60 years ago.

GipsyOfNewSpain Level 4 Dec 7, 2017
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the US needs to stop being the only major economy in the world where where a health problem or a child born with problems could cause the family's bankruptcy.

rosscann Level 2 Dec 7, 2017
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Oh, definitely. The USA has the worst healthcare in the developed world. It also has the most expensive healthcare in the developed world. Universal healthcare isn't just better and fairer, it's also far more efficient.

JosephHarrison Level 5 Dec 7, 2017
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DEFINITELY-We need to bypass all the insurance companies judgement on life and death. Everyone should receive health care regardless of income. We are letting the poor die-with the new tax bill the killer Republicans are proposing.

sassygirl3869 Level 6 Dec 7, 2017
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Without a doubt. We are the ONLY nation in the industrialized world that does not have universal healthcare. It is a clear expression of concern for the well-being of our people. The only reasons that we do not have it are (1) the culture of greed in this country, (2) ignorance, (3) moribund and false Republican ideology.

wordywalt Level 7 Dec 7, 2017
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I say yes, everyone has a right to medical care... but I also see the system as needing some major tweaking.

silvereyes Level 7 Dec 7, 2017
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I would say yes. I since I am in the medical field I see people forced to die because of no insurance. Breaks my heard into molecules when I think about it.

twshield Level 7 Dec 7, 2017
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I know someone in this situation. He is the father of a friend of mine that has cancer. He decided to forgo treatment due to the costs. He didn't want to burden his family. So sad.

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I hate that...it's just not right u know.

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