Debate the Issue: Universal Health Care worksheet/ mini lesson

Debate the Issue: Universal Health Care worksheet/ mini lesson
Debate the Issue: Universal Health Care worksheet/ mini lesson
Debate the Issue: Universal Health Care worksheet/ mini lesson
Debate the Issue: Universal Health Care worksheet/ mini lesson
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Debate the Issue: Health Insurance
What are the most pressing problems, and how can we solve them?



Background of the Issue:
What are the most pressing problems, and how can we solve them?
There have been many movements for social reform in the United States. But Americans do not always agree on the need for reform or on the best way to achieve it. In fact, some reform ideas face strong opposition. Why do some reform movements win support, while others do not?

Task:
Use the timeline below to explore this enduring issue.


















The Debate Issue:
Universal Health Care


Background:
Medicare and Medicaid In a 1945 address to Congress, President Harry Truman proposed a government program of comprehensive health insurance for all Americans, to be administered through the Social
Security Administration. Congress did not respond. By the late 1950s, however, the elderly made up a growing percentage of the population, and a national survey showed that only 56 percent of people over 65
had health insurance. President John F. Kennedy put pressure on Congress during his administration to provide health insurance for at least the elderly. However, it was not until 1965 that Congress passed the
Medicare and Medicaid Bill as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society program. Medicare provides affordable, comprehensive health insurance for retirees, as well as for certain other groups, such as the disabled. Medicaid provides health insurance for those who are unable to afford their own. To honor the President who had started it all, Johnson signed the Medicare and Medicaid Bill in Independence, Missouri, at the Truman Library. Harry Truman was presented with the first Medicare card at the event.


Health Insurance Medical costs are soaring. Many Americans lack health insurance and cannot pay their bills. Some reformers want the government to provide universal health insurance, also known as a single-payer system. Others say this approach will cause more harm than good.

Task:
Read both sides of the debate below, and answer the questions after reading.





















Questions:
1. Compare Why does Lisa McGiffert support universal health insurance? Why does Sally Pipes oppose it?

2. Analyze Do you think Sally Pipes would support the efforts of some Progressive Era city governments to purchase public utilities? Explain.

3. Debate Learn more about recent debates on healthcare reform, and prepare an argument supporting one viewpoint.
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Debate the Issue: Universal Health Care worksheet/ mini lesson
Debate the Issue: Universal Health Care worksheet/ mini lesson
Debate the Issue: Universal Health Care worksheet/ mini lesson
Debate the Issue: Universal Health Care worksheet/ mini lesson