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Pros and cons of public healthcare

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The health care debate affects all of us. UNCW nursing professor Kae Livsey broke down some of the pros and cons of the public option. The pros include government buying power reducing costs and enhanced coverage can help contain out of control costs.

Livsey said some of the concerns of public healthcare are that it would steal customers away from the private plans and reductions in payments to providers may limit your choice of provider.

“It’s a travesty that there are people in the United States that can’t get access to any healthcare. Now that being said, I also think the elephant in the room is that there is no way to do anything about healthcare without addressing the reality that you have to ration at some point, we already ration healthcare,” Livsey said.

According to the Kaiser Foundation, North Carolina ranks among the top 15 states in the number of uninsured people, with 21 percent of the population without health insurance.

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The health care debate affects all of us. UNCW nursing professor Kae Livsey broke down some of the pros and cons of the public option.

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