Top Pro & Con Arguments

Con

A right to health care could increase the US debt and deficit.

Spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, all government programs that provide a right to health care for certain segments of the population, totaled less than 10% of the federal budget in 1985, but by 2012 these programs took up 21% of the federal budget and are predicted to reach 30% of federal spending by 2028. [78] [132] According to former US House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), government health care programs drive “the explosive growth in our spending and our debt.” [77] Research from George Mason University concludes that providing government funded health care to all could increase federal spending by $32.6 trillion over the first ten years of implementation. [133] The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget calculates that universal health care coverage would result in an additional $19 trillion of federal debt “causing debt to rise from 74 percent of GDP in 2015… to 154 percent of GDP by 2026.” [134]

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