Does the United States Need Universal Health Care?
Of all the controversial issues we have in our country, the biggest one seems to be health care. But how do we fix health care so that it is fair to everyone? It is clear that health care needs to be changed on many levels, but what are the pros and cons of government-run health care? There is no doubt that health care costs are way out of control in the United States. Insurance premiums are on the rise, companies cannot afford to insure employees any more, the number of uninsured rises every day, our hospital emergency rooms are overwhelmed with patients needing basic health care, and the government thinks they can do a better job with health care than the private sector. Are we better off with a universal government-run system like the one that the Obama administration has passed? The debate seems to be whether the government should be allowed to take over health care.
Athletes Looked Upon as Role Models
“I am not a role model. I am not paid to be a role model. I am paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball ddoes not mean I should raise your kids.” These are the words of Charles Barkley. Barkley was a professional basketball player who had his controversial moments on and off the court. Barkley spoke these words in a television commercial, but throughout his career and beyond, he seemed to live by this sentiment.
Should athletes be role models? This question has been debated and mulled over for years. Some feel that the exorbitant amounts of money that athletes make justify the fact that they should set good examples and be role models. These people feel “You make ten million dollars a year, so, yes, you have to help me raise my kids, especially since they respect you more than me.” There are others who feel that athletes are human and share the same qualities and flaws that we all have. They feel that athletes should not bear the responsibility of being role models since they are in essence just like us. They will make bad decisions and mistakes like we do, except that their actions are magnified and broadcast for the world to see.
The Impact of Outsourcing
Man American companies and the United States government have begun to outsource their operations overseas to save money and compete with the new reality of the global workforce. Support for and opposition to outsourcing comes down to whether operating costs and salaries can be kept down for U. S. companies.