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I agree with what you're saying. This wasn't a point I had previously considered, but I think it would be very smart to lower the age requirement in order to provide preventative treatment, as it could improve the health of those affected.
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A single payer healthcare plan would benefit the United States, as it would allow even those with a lower income to have reliable medical care. According to a study conducted by NPR in 2015, 29% of people living in America have a low income. The vast number of people who are not making what is considered to be a comfortable living wage, and therefore may not be able to pay for medical care, demonstrates that secure healthcare coverage would benefit nearly a third of the population.
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Standardized tests should not be used to gauge school performance, as the way in which children learn can differ dramatically. As some learn better from hands-on learning, for example, it would be unfair to test them on their ability to regurgitate information. Additionally, some kids test better than others, and it does not make sense to standardize learning, as it is so different from person to person.
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The age at which one is eligible for Medicare should be changed to below 65. People are already eligible for Medicare if they have a disability and have been registered as getting Social Security Disability Checks from the government for at least two years. Because of this, there are many people who are not yet 65 and still qualify for Medicare, which makes the age requirement somewhat ineffective. It should be changed to a lower age, so people in that situation can be insured without having to wait the two year period.
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Children should be required to be vaccinated before attending public school in order to preserve the general health and wellbeing of themselves and the people around them. Vaccines can not only stop an individual child from contracting an illness, but also protect from the spreading of diseases to other people. According to vaccines.gov, these vaccinations have caused some harmful and even fatal diseases, such as polio, to become extinct in the United States. Because of these extinctions, vaccines can also protect the generations to come, wiping out harmful diseases so that future children can be healthy and unaffected by these illnesses, as can the children of today.
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People with pre-existing conditions should pay more for healthcare, as they will likely cost the insurance company more money to begin with. As the premise of insurance is that it caters to the chance of a medical emergency, or just medical care, if the company already knows that the patient will need extensive medical coverage, then it makes sense to raise their rates. If the patient will cost the insurance company a lot of money, and the insurance company is aware of this, it makes sense to charge them more to even out the costs.
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The primary responsibility for addressing mental health issues lies in the government, as it should raise awareness for mental health and make treatment more accessible for those affected. The government has the resources to help dismantle the stigma regarding mental illness, especially by regulating a more comprehensive education regarding mental health in the public school system. Additionally, the government can campaign to end the stigma around mental illness and its effects, allowing the issue to become more open and encourage mentally ill people to get help for their condition. This could change society’s attitude, therefore proving more effective than the family or school system.
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People should have the right not to be vaccinated based on their religious beliefs. If they are genuinely opposed to vaccines as part of their religion, it is not up to other people to determine what does and doesn't contradict their faith.
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Medicare should continue to spend money on end of life care, despite the low success rates, as it is kinder to the patients and their families. The NHS mentions that end of life care makes patients more comfortable during their last days, and that it allows them to die with dignity. It is also convenient, as it can take place at a hospital, assisted living home, or at a patient’s house. Although end of life care does not usually result in curing a patient, it allows them and their family to feel somewhat better about the situation and to have a relatively positive experience in such a sad and stressful time.
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The cigarette tax is ineffective, as it infringes on people's rights instead of prohibiting people from smoking them. Most of those who wish to smoke will buy cigarettes no matter what the tax is. By making the drugs more expensive, the government is forcing their opinion on the product's consumers. Additionally, there are other products which have proved to be harmful as well, such as alcohol and prescription drugs, that are not being taxed. If the government truly wants people to stop buying cigarettes, they should outlaw them instead of raising the unreasonable and unfair tax.
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While public healthcare is offered through the government, private is offered through employers, paid for partly by the individual, or paid for in full by the person in question. There are many ways to qualify for public insurance, having to do with age or income, although there are difficulties regarding insurance for people who do not qualify for government healthcare but cannot pay for private insurance.
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I agree as well. I don't think that this is something that is usually brought up, and it's important for people to remember that those who commit crimes may not be stopped by the death penalty as it's not something they consider beforehand.
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I agree. I think the issue is especially important when discussing the death penalty, as taking another human life won't solve any previous problems and as you said, the focus should be on rehabilitating the prisoner.
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The government should allow terminally ill patients the right to end their life. As the patient is undoubtedly suffering as a result of their disease, and will die within a short period of time either way, it would be kinder to the patient to allow them to put an end to their pain if they wish to do so. Additionally, the patient should have autonomy and the right to make their own decisions, and therefore should be able decide what course they want their life to take and how they want to deal with their ailment. Lastly, according to the Economist, some doctors are already performing euthanasia privately, and if the U.S. were to legalize it, it would become much more ethical.
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I agree. I don't think society should be able to decide when to take the life of another human being, especially when the decision relies on flawed examinations and judgement calls.
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Society should be doing more to address childhood obesity. Specifically, more awareness should be raised about the issue and about nutrition in particular. According to the American Heart Association, healthy eating habits can help combat childhood obesity, especially when started at an early age. Society should introduce the idea of eating healthy food early on, and should bring up portion sizes. If children are educated about correct portion sizes from the beginning, they are more likely to eat a healthy amount of food, and therefore are less likely to become obese.
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Congress should not adopt the new healthcare bill, as it would hurt people over lower incomes. The bill would be partially financed by cutting Medicaid, which provides medical care for poor people, according to the New Yorker. Additionally, it would give tax cuts to the upper class, unfairly affecting those of lower income in terms of taxes. Despite the possibility of the bill benefitting younger people, as they might not have to pay as much, it puts older people at a disadvantage because it would give them fewer and more expensive services, and therefore should not be enacted.
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The government should sponsor more mental health initiatives and research, especially because of the number of Americans affected by the issue. For example, the National Alliance on Mental Illness states that one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year. The large number of people who are affected by mental illness in America alone demonstrates that the government should research more about the science surrounding mental health as well as what we can do to help the millions of Americans affected.
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