Countries with universal health care

Is universal health care an option for US?

“You can see the consequences of universal health care systems in other countries,” said Leonard Fleck, a health care policy expert at Michigan State University. “Everyone is covered and it’s much cheaper.”

Fleck said the current health care system doesn’t protect equality of opportunity. “Individuals that have serious health care problems that prohibit their ability to work are individuals that are seriously disadvantaged,” Fleck said

Fleck said a major problem with the current system is the amount of people without health insurance and referenced a study done by the American Journal of Public Health. The study found that 45,000 excess deaths occur annually due to a lack of health insurance. “That’s not ethically acceptable, and shouldn’t be politically acceptable,” Fleck said

He explained this occurs because people without health insurance don’t want to go to the hospital.

Nondiscrimination laws: Trump revises Obama-era policies

President Trump’s administration reversed policies allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their gender identity. Now, it is up to school districts in the Lansing area to decide whether discrimination laws apply to their students. “We have been successful with working with individual students and their families to find solutions that make them feel safe and supported,” said Dewitt Schools Superintendent John B. Deiter. Williamston High School has also been successful in working with transgender students, according to Assistant Principal Mike Freeman. “There have been no problems with bathroom issues at our school,” Freeman said.