Voters choose access to health over Wealth

Abbie Collier, The Cost of Being Healthy

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Voters at Hyatt Elementary School seemed to believe “if the United Kingdom can have “free” healthcare, then so should Americans.”

On Election Day, I interviewed voters in Richland County, Columbia, South Carolina.

Four were angered that in the United Kingdom, people pay a third less than in the United States.

“It should be the same here,” said Ronald Campbell, a 48-year-old retail sales worker from Columbia, South Carolina. He voted a Democratic Party ticket.

Campbell said he believed the U.S. should leave healthcare costs to the individual to pay as needed.

In the U.K., we pay National Health Insurance every month, through a fee that comes out of our paycheck, so the term free healthcare isn’t exactly accurate.

“It makes me so mad,” said Carla Ursua, an 18-year-old Columbia College student who voted for Hilary Clinton. She was responding to the difference in healthcare prices between the U.S. and the U.K.

“I think more people should have access to healthcare.” She supports the Affordable Care Act, saying it is “great.” I think people abuse it, but I’m still very much for it.”

“It’s really annoying,” said Sara Bailes, when comparing healthcare costs in the U.K and the U.S. The 18-year-old who attends the University of South Carolina, is from Blythewood, South Carolina and voted absentee.

She said she believes “healthcare should be made more accessible for everyone.” “I think Obamacare is a good idea,” she added.

Her father serves in the military and provides her health insurance.

Patricia Garvin, a 36-year-old customer service assistant, voted for Hilary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. “They need to consider all Americans,” she said.

“We have cellphones to pay for and mortgage payments to make. No one has a perfect plan, but I think she’s trying, and she’s always trying to help children,” she added.

However, “the candidates have money, so they don’t really care about America,” Garvin said.

Regardless of who individuals voted for, everyone seems to be in agreement that healthcare costs should be lowered. If it’s possible in the U.K., then it should be possible in the U.S.

View Abbie Collier’s blog at The Cost of Being Healthy.

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