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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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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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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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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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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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