U.S. should model Germany health care

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Monday, June 4, 2012
This is among commentaries submitted to The Gazette from students at Janesville’s Craig and Parker high schools who did field studies in either Washington, D.C., or Madison in Advanced Placement U.S. government courses taught by Joe Van Rooy.

Around 50 million Americans are without health insurance, which is a national disgrace and crisis. Barack Obama is working through implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act. This act, against Republicans wishes, will be implemented in 2013. The reason that this act will change America for the better is the individual mandate.

The individual mandate requires every American to pay into the health care system. Under Obama’s law, everyone is responsible for their own health care. Many Americans feel that the government should not be in the business of telling us how to spend our money. However, our government requires drivers to purchase auto insurance, so why is it not mandated to purchase health insurance? Every day you face the risk of getting in an automobile accident; just as every day you face the risk of getting sick.

People without health insurance use the emergency room, which is the most expensive form of medical attention. The mandate promotes preventive medicine by making routine care available. Therefore, the mandate would be an effective way to lower medical costs.

Marion Knappe, health care counselor of the German Embassy, stated in an interview, “The main problem with the German health care system is that there is too much money.”

If America could have a system modeled after Germany’s, many of our problems would be solved. This law would be an exceptional start in the process of making health care mandatory and affordable for everyone.

Last updated: 8:51 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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