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Universal Health Care should be as it is defined and characterize on Health Care in most wealthy countries as it is the only health care system for rich or poor. Undoubtedly, one if they choose can elect to pay directly a doctor of their choice, but that is their choice and will be too costly for 99% of individuals to afford. There will always be the rich and they may spend whatever they desire to maintain their health or needs. Universal Health Care is America's future and what Affordable Health Care will evolve to. America will join with the world or stand alone as an island. America cannot afford to stand alone as an island, our recent history proves it. Our resources will be exhausted and business will be managed by foreign interests, which is currently where America is going. Our goal is to walk into a clinic or physicians office or hospital, fill NO financial paper work, show no health card and get served by premium quality health care.
Whenever you have a foreign country telling American citizens that they have to give up their land based on Imminent Domain, is a clear example of foreign interests taking over our country. You know what current event I'm talking about and if not, read the Keystone Pipeline XL major player (TransCanada Oil)........that's a foreign interest.
As in Health Care, a large number of countries have already taking a big step to Universal Health Care. Affordable Health Care is not Universal Health Care, however, it should evolve to a better health care that is universal to ALL people, rich and poor.
A government managed mandate I understand is the vehicle to pursue Universal Health Care. You pay into a system a set amount, which is the same for all people with single, two-party or family w/children on different levels of payment. It would garnered from paychecks and taxes. I'm sure that there would be those that would escape the payment, being unemployed, but that is not different than what it is now, we are all still paying for those that don't contribute. It's just that Universal Health Care would be an improved Affordable Health Care.
I encourage you reading this response to look at Britain, Australia, Canada, most all of Europe, even China on how Health Care is managed. There are gross poor medical practices in some, but the more successful ones are managed very well with superior health given to their citizens. A measure of their success is where the rate in world standings on care. Look where America sits alone in near the third world countries, with some ahead in ratings.
America is deplorable in Health Care and mental illness.