Health Care: Why Students Should Support a Government Option

By Hunter Owens (Co-Founder, Editor In Chief, Columnist) [?]

Published: September 26, 2009 and Updated: February 22, 2010
Original LA News Desk Content

Health Care is the most prominent debate on the country's mind right now. Now, most students probably say, "Why does this matter? I wont be affected by the (fake) death panels and I'm young; I dont get sick."

However, healthcare does affect students since about 20% of college students are uninsured (1.7 million). As most of us approach our college years, we would be taking a significant risk by staying uninsured.


For example, an E.R. visit would cost around $560, likely destroying any studentís budget. But imagine the case if you broke your arm and had to pay around $10,000. That, on top of loans, tuition, and board, would force most college students to declare bankruptcy.

The various plans floating around in our legislative bodies all mandate 1 thing: 100% coverage. This means that, depending on the variation of the bill passed, every college student would either get paid by the government to buy insurance or get government insurance.

Aside from self-preservation, every student should push for health care reform because it is a moral imperative. The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn't provide health care for all of its citizens. The U.S. health care system ranks 37th in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Thatís one above Slovenia! We were rank worse than Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and all other industrialized nations.

So, every student should be pick up the phone or write a letter to their congressman and senators. Otherwise, our generation could be burdened with a worse deficit, given the extreme rise in Health Care costs. In fact, Baucuscare, a variation of health care reform proposed by Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.), costs less than doing nothing.

Every person deserves Health Care, and it's up to our generation to provide it.

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