PO 111: HEALTH
American exceptionalism, absent until now of universal health insurance.
Belief – familiar opinion poll evidence illustrates some critical issues in public policy –
inheritance before choice.
• Path dependence.
• Most other democracies, or advanced industrial countries have universal health
insurance or government provided health care.
Opinion poll: Is it or is it not the government’s responsibility to provide health insurance?
• 44% YES
• 54% NO
• 2% NO OPINION
America is very divided when it comes to this issue.
Medicare and Universal Health Care:
• Responsible for giving olderAmericans more security.
• Most elders w