Universal Healthcare: A system “All for One and One for All”

Growing up as the passage of the Affordable Care Act became a hot topic, our generation inherited a debate surrounding an evolving healthcare system. Some of us leaped into the fight, meanwhile, many more have simply said, “Thanks, Obama ‘’ and chosen to sleepwalk through the conversation.

However, those simply ignoring this debate will soon face a brutal awakening. Just a handful of years after leaving college, around our 26th birthdays at the latest, we will be kicked off our parent’s health insurance.

With 44 million Americans uninsured and 38 million more lacking adequate coverage, our healthcare system is undeniably broken. Especially when even as teenagers less than half of us are regularly active and only 25% of us get enough sleep, healthcare at any age is completely necessary. We need a solution. Adopting a universal single-payer health care system is the sole solution for our country.

Access to healthcare is a human right. At the end of the day, denying people healthcare in our society is equivalent to denying them shelter, or clean water.

Many in their twenties may forgo purchasing an insurance plan, saving money during a period of seeming invincibility. However, the day a car crash hits or an unseen illness strikes, bankruptcy may be inevitable. The average 3-day hospital stay costs around 30,000 dollars. Comprehensive cancer care can cost up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to healthcare.gov.

Wish good luck to your future, uninsured self. He’s gonna need it.

Even if your future self has insurance, he does not necessarily fare any better. Though insurance companies will often cover some healthcare payments after paying a yearly deductible, these plans may not cover every type of health expense. But a universal single payer system would.

Candidate for Florida’s 4th district, a congressional district encompassing parts of Jacksonville, Donna Deegan faced breast cancer three times before founding The Donna Foundation. In running this non-profit dedicated to financially supporting breast cancer victims, she came across many health insurance horror stories. One story Deegan often references to illustrate the current struggles of the system concerns a husband who quit his job so that his wife could still qualify for Medicaid while battling her cancer.

Critics point out that funding a single-payer system would merely raise taxes. Yet, for the majority of Americans, we would pay far less in additional taxes to cover a single payer system than we currently pay for covering the medical expenses of ourselves and all the 82 million people currently under or uninsured.That’s almost one third of our country.

While overcoming the difficult battles on the way to establishing a Universal Healthcare system seems near insurmountable, it must happen. As long as our insurance comes from a variety of sources including our jobs, a volatile marketplace, an Affordable Care Act under attack,  or elsewhere, problems will arise. We need to act.

As we prepare to enter the world as adults, we must be careful. Supporting a universal healthcare system would prevent us from falling victim to the same abuse many Americans must tolerate daily. In fact, establishing this system would allow businesses and our healthcare system to stop sacrificing quality for the sake of profit.

Remove the politics from the problem. Whether you identify as a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, if you want in your adult life to be guaranteed healthcare (an inalienable right and means of survival), pay less money overall, and concentrate on more pressing issues, support a universal healthcare system.