US National Health Insurance: Your Take

  1. Hi all,

    I am currently in the middle of a health and social policy grad class, and we've been discussing the issue of national health insurance for several weeks now. The teacher seems quite biased, with heavy emphasis on promoting a single-payer system. Personally I believe that an overhaul of the current system with improvements, such as tax rebates inversely related to income with which the uninsured can purchase their own health insurance plans. I do not believe in health insurance as a "right" of citizenship. I believe it is a "product" that can be earned/bought. To mimic the single payer health insurance programs of other countries would result in new problems, such as having to wait months for non-emergent procedures such as hip replacements.....Please respond to the poll, as well as leaving your comments.

    I understand that this is a controversial topic, however I would love to get an idea of what others think.
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  2. Poll: What is your view on a national health insurance plan?

    • Too much governmental control.... overhaul current system

      26.67% 8
    • Health insurance is a basic right - One payer, everyone insured.

      46.67% 14
    • Allow citizens to choose/pay for their own plan with tax rebates.

      16.67% 5
    • Leave it the way it is

      10.00% 3
    30 Votes
  3. 3 Comments

  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from SteveRN21
    Hi all,

    I am currently in the middle of a health and social policy grad class, and we've been discussing the issue of national health insurance for several weeks now. The teacher seems quite biased, with heavy emphasis on promoting a single-payer system. Personally I believe that an overhaul of the current system with improvements, such as tax rebates inversely related to income with which the uninsured can purchase their own health insurance plans. I do not believe in health insurance as a "right" of citizenship. I believe it is a "product" that can be earned/bought. To mimic the single payer health insurance programs of other countries would result in new problems, such as having to wait months for non-emergent procedures such as hip replacements.....Please respond to the poll, as well as leaving your comments.

    I understand that this is a controversial topic, however I would love to get an idea of what others think.
    Wow, we need you! . . . . there are quite a few threads here related to this.

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f112/edw...re-246810.html

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f195/cli...an-249876.html

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f287/con...as-220623.html

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f100/cli...re-247759.html


    I agree with your post.
    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Sep 25, '07
  5. by   EmmaG
    To mimic the single payer health insurance programs of other countries would result in new problems, such as having to wait months for non-emergent procedures such as hip replacements
    That occurs now.

    http://www.pnhp.org/facts/what_is_single_payer.php
  6. by   bethin
    Quote from SteveRN21
    Hi all,

    I am currently in the middle of a health and social policy grad class, and we've been discussing the issue of national health insurance for several weeks now. The teacher seems quite biased, with heavy emphasis on promoting a single-payer system. Personally I believe that an overhaul of the current system with improvements, such as tax rebates inversely related to income with which the uninsured can purchase their own health insurance plans. I do not believe in health insurance as a "right" of citizenship. I believe it is a "product" that can be earned/bought. To mimic the single payer health insurance programs of other countries would result in new problems, such as having to wait months for non-emergent procedures such as hip replacements.....Please respond to the poll, as well as leaving your comments.

    I understand that this is a controversial topic, however I would love to get an idea of what others think.
    I'm a bit out of the loop on this. Too busy with school to watch the news. My question is, by purchasing our own insurance plans, are you talking about the govt providing rebates so we can pay our premiums for say, anthem? Or are you talking about govt programs only and we can choose how much coverage we have? My biggest bone to pick with insurance: denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. I know insurance companies main goals are to make money, but isn't there a moral obligation as well? I'd like to think so.

    As one who has mvp, crohn's, and paroxysmal atrial tachycardia, and chf (all at the precious age of 27) it was extremely difficult and very expensive for me to receive coverage. I actually had to sign a statement that I would not receive care for my heart problems. How sad is that? I basically had 2 choices - agree or go without health insurance that I desperately needed. I still keep this private insurance even at ~$300/month and I don't pick up my employer's insurance for several reasons: they don't pay out of network and our hospital is very very small and if I were to get sick and have to quit my job (it's happened before) I would have no health insurance. Oh, and my parents have to pay my monthly premiums because on $10 an hour, $300/month is about a 1/3 of my monthly income - and that's working full time. Not to mention I have to pay $90 a week for one medicine and $50 for each of my other meds. I can spend an entire paycheck at the pharmacy.

    Sorry for the rant.

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