Advocate For Affordable Health Care

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In the United States, approximately 1 out of 5 people can’t afford health care. In 2016, 45% of adults that were uninsured said they did not get healthcare because they could not afford it. Health care is important because people without health care get sick more and receive less medical care. Not only that, health care makes it so you don’t need health insurance. Health insurance is insurance coverage due to loss of ill health. For example, a broken leg can cost up to 7500$, and a 3 day hospital stay can cost around 30000$.  This can be a big problem for families without health care but if you health insurance these number wouldn’t be as scary. The cost of individual health insurance in 2017 is $393/month. While the cost of health insurance for a family is over $1000/month. This impacts the low-income of our community because poor people cannot afford health insurance. Many families in the United States can’t afford to spend $1000 on health insurance for a single individual much less a whole family. This adds up to over $10000 a year. The median household income in the United States is $59039. This means every year people that wants health insurance spend more than ⅙ of their income on it. If there were affordable health care, people would get sick less, meaning that they would be a less of a need for health insurance.

This is a big problem because health is the most important thing in life. Without good health, people cannot achieve what they want to achieve. When people are unhealthy, they would be put at a disadvantage against people that is healthy. Not only that, health crisis also affects anyone who has a family member or a friend who cannot afford health care. Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege. People have a right to live; they should not have to choose between feeding their children and making sure they will be cared for when they are sick.

We will sent this petition to The United States Department of Health and Human Services. We believe that can make a change because they would be able to make a policy to make it so the price of health care would be different depending on your family income. It is just not fair if health care would cost more than 10% of a family’s income.