DIScuss one and 2


D1: Obligation to Provide Health Insurance

Almost 40% of the US population get their health insurance via a government health insurance program such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Veteran’s Health Administration, or the Indian Health Service, and over 20% of the federal budget is spent on providing these programs to Americans (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2017; World Health Organization, 2017). Although the United States is the only western country to not have some form of nationalized health care system, many people argue that not only are these programs too costly, but that the government is under no obligation to offer them. The US constitution does not state explicitly that health care is a right for American citizens. And some people argue that for the US to provide health insurance/care to everyone in the US places an undue financial burden on tax paying citizens. Others argue that health care is, in and of itself, a fundamental human right and that any democratic society should make provisions for all citizens to have unhindered access to necessary health care. The debate on this topic touches on a range of issues such as moral obligation, individual rights, government accountability, and civic responsibility.

Kaiser Family Foundation. (2017). Health insurance coverage of the total population

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. Retrieved from https://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.imr.WHS7_113?lang=en

World Health Organization. (2017). General government expenditure on health as a percentage of total government expenditure

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. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/gho/health_financing/government_expenditure/en/

Remember that an active discussion is the key to an interesting and engaging online course. As you engage with the questions and with others as they join in the discussion, be sure to read what has already been posted and then add substantively to the discussion. Time goes quickly, so remember to post early! The first question is opinion-based so that you can begin the discussion immediately without having completed all of your readings. You will apply your assigned readings to subsequent questions.

In this discussion, you will talk with your classmates about your opinion on the issue of whether the government have an obligation to provide health insurance, and by extension health care, to the population. Share your opinion and provide thoughtful arguments to support it. Use these questions to help guide your initial response:

What is the government’s responsibility to provide health insurance to all or part of the population?

Does everyone have a right to health insurance and/or care?

How does your lens (your personal experiences, background, learning, etc.) affect your thinking on this subject?

Then, respond to your classmates. How did your thoughts differ from your classmate’s? What important points did your classmate raise that you could expand on? What examples could you share that would highlight the difference in thinking between you and your classmate? How does your lens differ from that of your classmate?

Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on "Reply." Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click "Post Reply." 

To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.