Heath Care for a Healthier America

The Supreme Court is revisiting the health care law that opponents call Obamacare.
As many as 47% Americans, according to recent surveys, oppose the fact that in 2014, every American would be required to get health care insurance or be fined. But in an interesting contrast, as many as 87% are in favor of having insurance companies covering patients with pre-existing conditions.
Opponents to mandatory health care insurance argue that federal government shouldn’t force individuals to purchase anything they don’t to want purchase.
It would be, they say, as if we were forced to buy a car we don’t want to buy.
A car is a pretty good example since its life expectancy is not eternal and people expect to purchase more than one in their lifetime.
Human life doesn’t last forever either and it is common sense to expect anyone’s needs for medical treatment to increase with age.
Why would we require insurance companies that are, after all businesses, to cover medical expenses for people who would only want to seek health insurance when needed? Insurances work because of financial contributions we do in case we would need them.
It is funny that people don’t blink when it comes to insure cars or houses but protest when it comes to their most precious asset: their health.
From a French perspective, it is difficult to grasp the reasons behind the fierce opposition. After all, regardless of age and income, any French contributes proportionally to the national social security that allows French citizens to seek medical treatment for a reasonable cost.
Is it perfect? No, recently more French complain of long waits before seeing a specialist. Depending of geographic locations, the length of wait and the choice of physicians greatly vary.
However, it is well established that life expectancy in France is higher than in the US and that French people are in better health than Americans are.
Couldn’t it be because they all have access to health care insurance?


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