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Should the United States adopt a Universal Health coverage system Germany the Netherlands Japan and in the United States Hawaii all use a system of health care that is universal comprehensive and private In 1993 President Clinton proposed a plan for universal health insurance Since then opponents have managed to oppress the plan while assuring the public that while they supported the idea in principle they just wanted to package it in a better way Major changes in the present healthcare system will have consequences for nearly all Americans as would the decision not to reform the system The politics of health care involves at least four different interrelated aspects The United States should adopt a Universal Health-Care system based on the rate at which health care costs have risen in recent years the large number of Americans without health insurance coverage the disproportionate care based on racial and a socioeconomic divide and an aging population The aspect of the healthcare issue that is most visible is the cost of medical care in the United States The cost of health care in America is the highest in the world when measured either as a percentage of gross national product or as cost per person The health care costs in the United States are estimated to approach 2 trillion dollars by the end of 2000 This is more than 3 billion per day or 3600 per person Healthcare costs in the United States have increased three to four times the rate of inflation An average American who spends 111 of their income on medical care can expect that number to increase to a staggering 17 in the next fifteen years One can attribute skyrocketing health care costs to the administrative costs of insurance companies There are about 1500 insurance companies using a bewildering array of forms and procedures in processing claims One estimate is that this administrative system costs more than 100 billion per year
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