chapter  6
24 Pages

Nationwide Newspaper Coverage of Universal Healthcare: A Community Structure Approach

ByKristen Kiernicki, John C. Pollock, Patrick Lavery

In the United States, the topic of universal healthcare sparks debate in diverse arenas. Its proposed implementation is highly divisive for both US leaders and citizens. However, the underlying concept is consistent: Universal healthcare entails the requirement that everyone living in America receive health insurance coverage, either through a private provider or the government itself. This requirement is often referred to as an insurance “mandate.” Some iterations of the idea are more popular than others, such as the single-payer option that would essentially require healthcare professionals to bill the government directly for any medical services to citizens. But undeniably, the sentiment at the heart of the issue is that many uninsured and underinsured people have tired of the current privatized system and would readily welcome changes to the process.