Thursday, January 17, 2008

Majority of Americans Support Mandatory Health Insurance

With the nominations for the Republican and Democratic parties underway, healthcare has been a hot topic. In this country, 47 million Americans are uninsured. The proposed plans by the candidates vary. One of the stickier issues is whether everyone is required to have health insurance. A survey of adult Americans found that
  • 80 percent of Democrats
  • 52 percent of Republicans
  • 68 percent of Independents
supported the idea that everyone should have insurance. For those that could not afford it that , they felt that the government should help.

This makes absolute sense. As we all get older, the need for health insurance and healthcare increases. Answering this question, whether health insurance is essential or optional is only one of many questions we must answer if the healthcare system will be reformed in a meaningful way. Hopefully we will see it in our lifetimes. Until then, make sure you are doing the right things to stay healthy.

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