NationStates Jolt Archive

Healthcare Stuff

04-11-2003, 23:38
Does anyone know the consequences of options 1 and 3 (2 is out of the question, I'm sure it lowers political freedoms).

The Issue
A large group of La Christiania's uninsured citizens have petitioned the government to provide a universal healthcare system, citing the poor health of many low and middle-class workers. Some of the more vocal of them are threatening violence if something isn't done.

The Debate
"A universal healthcare system would provide everyone with the same quality healthcare the more wealthy and well-insured currently receive," says recently laid-off citizen and civil rights activist Miranda Jones. "Sure, taxes would probably have to increase a bit. But isn't it worth it to provide our lower-class citizens with the same opportunities the upper-class citizens have?"

"Are you all INSANE? This will ruin the health insurance business and drive up unemployment rates," argues Clint Li, head of the largest insurance provider in La Christiania. "If everyone working for their health insurance could suddenly get it free, there would be fewer jobs filled. It would get worse for everyone involved. The government should investigate the motives of these troublemaking 'protestors', instead!"

"Why do we have to choose either radical option?" says your Secretary of Health, Pip Love. "Couldn't we just provide limited basic healthcare for our citizens and have major operations covered by private health insurance? It would be more affordable and the poor would suffer less than they do under the current system."
The Most Glorious Hack
05-11-2003, 10:42
Just guesses (don't think I've ever gotten this one, actually...):

Option 1: Taxes up (obviously), goverment expands in general, health up, compassion up, insurance industry down (or gone completely).

Option 2: Civil rights down, crime down (maybe), compassion down, health down, insurance industry up.

Option 3: Same as option 1, just to a lesser extent.

Anyone who's actually done this issue have some ideas?