For the United States, which already devotes 16 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to health care, one significant barrier to universal health care is the potential increase in costs. In this regard, Taiwan provides some reassurance. Health spending has remained almost unchanged, at 5 percent to 6 percent of GDP, the authors say.
Most rich people in the United States don’t want to pay more money into the universal health care system. They are doing their level best to lobby out there that those very good things are actually bad but not all the rich people against this. Believe it or not, there are lots of rich people who would like to pay more very willingly if it meant everyone in the United States had universal health care. It is the them vs. us that derails the whole idea of universal health care.
I m very concerned Obama healthcare plan leans too heavily on the private sector/insurers. I would like to see a vibrant public universal healthcare option competing with private plans in order to keep the private sector honest and robust. The pro is if the government’s universal health care can drive private plans out of the marketplace, the middle class people can enjoy a reasonable universal healthcare while the con is many people would be left with little or no choice, as employers would send workers into the public plan.
President Obama said that we are on an unsustainable course of rising healthcare costs and healthcare costs also an untenable burden for American business. Due to this, too many businesses are being forced to drop worker coverage. Other than that, health care costs also have negative impact on federal budget. President Obama also mentioned that we’ll be spending 20% of economy on health care within a decade. We have debated health care reform for decades to little effect and all parties now recognize we can’t continue down the same road. Over next decade, groups pledge to cut health care costs by 1.5% per year. I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is achieved.