Students Debate Health Care Reform


Hopkinton High School students Andrew Ritz and Jake Everett debate healthcare in the library after school. Photo by Nate Clark

Jake Everett, a junior at Hopkinton High, thinks that “Obama-care” takes things one step too far.  “The country needs health care reform,” says Everett, “but not to the extent of the bill that just passed.”  Jake also brings up the argument of money, stating that, “the economy is already in a recession, and spending billions of more government money on health care will put us further in debt.  This will result in bankruptcy and higher taxes, in which generations of upcoming Americans will have to pay.”

“The country does not need to provide everybody with coverage. They already have it. Anybody can go to the emergency room for treatment,” says Everett, “and if they are unable to pay, the hospitals will still treat them.”  Everett also feels that “the government has no authority to force people to buy health care, and they have no business messing around in the private sector.”  Jake cites the fourteen lawsuits filled against the health care bill by different states, as evidence that maybe this is not what the country really wants.

Ritz maintains the belief that the health care overhaul was necessary, referencing that “insurance companies are allowed to deny coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions, and that companies can yank coverage after a certain amount of money is spent.  Insurance companies can also choose to deny money for risky surgeries.”  Andy also notes that “not all insurance companies do this, but there are many popular companies who do this.”

These students offer a slightly different perspective on the controversial subject. As debate continues in Washington, high school students and the rest of the public will continue to weigh in on the subject themselves.