Healthcare and Education (Kindergarten - College) should be free
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1. Common sense
Before showing a bunch of statistics, I'd like to use some common sense:
I suppose that we both agree, that if you're sick your body won't allow you to work, and that without education, the chances that you'll find a decent job are rather slim.
Now let's consider the fact that a lot people (especially in the US) don't have enough money for healthcare and/or higher education. Finally, it should be quiet obvious that without healthcare you're gonna get sick sooner or later and that without higher education you'll have a hard time finding a job.
So, since many poor (and middle class) people can't afford the tools to work, isn't it obvious that these tools should be provided for them for free?
In this year's State of the Union address, President Obama, said: "Within a decade, 2/3 jobs will require some form of higher education"
But I also mentioned Kindergarten. I admit that it's not a tool that will help YOU find a job, but it might help your parents.
Consider the fact that most families nowadays need both parents working if they want to live. But they can't just leave their baby at home, right?
So this should (IMHO) lead to the conclusion that both healthcare and education (kindergarten to college) should be free.
Of course this would raise taxes for some people (mainly the rich), but it would be a fair redistribution from top to bottom.
When comparing the healthcare systems of many industrialized nations, the US (without universal healthcare) is dead last. But when looking at nations with universal healthcare, you'll see that their the leading countries:
We get similar results when comparing the educational systems in the world. The US' ranking is mediocre when compared to Finland, a country that offers it's students free university and generous student loans:
In the OECD pisa studies, the US' ranking is pretty low. According to the OECD and the video below, this is mainly due to the high child poverty rates in America. In fact, when comparing the US' results from wealthier schools, America is even better than Finland, but the results from poorer schools (the majority) are only comparable to the poorest OECD countries:
In a discussion forum on reddit, poor people had to tell what they experienced, that a wealthier person wouldn't. Sad to say that in the "land of the free and of the brave" some people were so desperately poor that when they had a bacterial infection, they'd go and see if some farmers were willing to give them antibiotics, normally used for cattle...
JaSam forfeited this round.
Con forfeited his round, so I can only say that I'm still in favor of free healthcare and education.
I hope that people liked the debate anyways and that they'll vote as well. Also, you can always look in the comment section. I had a small debate about the subject with another DDO user.
JaSam forfeited this round.
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