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Educational Resources

The issue of universal health care is inarguably quite complex. AMSA has developed a wide range of reader-friendly materials to help educate you about universal health care. The educational materials are categorized conceptually to facilitate your learning process.

Why Universal Health Care Is Important

Learn About the Uninsured

The problems of the health care system affect every American regardless of their insurance status. Nevertheless, it is important to understand some basic information about the group of Americans that are most hurt by our health care system: the uninsured.

  • AMSA's Primer on the Uninsured
    This short, highly readable ten-page primer presents the basic data on the demographics of the uninsured and the effects of being uninsured.
  • Myths about the Uninsured
    The Kaiser Family Foundation has compiled a list of ten common myths about the uninsured. Do the uninsured really get all the care they need? Can the uninsured afford health insurance but choose not to?
  • The Uninsured: A Primer
    This EXCELLENT Kaiser Family Foundation primer gives a complete overview of the uninsured, including data and citations. It's extremely concise considering its breadth.

Strategies to Increase Health Care Access

Most people agree that all Americans should be able to access health care, but there is currently not consensus in the general public about the best option to achieve this goal.

  • Strategies to Increase Health Care Access
    This primer provides an objective overview of the advantages and disadvantages of various options for increasing health care access - single payer, expansion of public programs, the federal-state partnership, tax credits, individual mandates, employer mandates, and state-based approaches.
  • Single Payer 101
    Of the many options that exist for providing health care for all, AMSA most strongly supports a single-payer system. This primer explains what a single payer system is and discusses both the advantages and potential disadvantages of this solution.
  • Health Savings Accounts and High-Deductible Health Plans
    A major alternative vision for reform in the health care system is the market-based, consumer-driven health care approach that combines health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans. AMSA does not support this approach, but it is still important to know about this approach.

International Health Care Systems

What can we learn about universal healthcare from other countries? With the exception of the United States, every industrialized country in the world has found a way to deliver universal healthcare for its citizens. There are a variety of ways in which these countries have achieved universal healthcare, each of which reflects that country's unique set of political and cultural beliefs. By studying the health care systems of different countries, AMSA believes that healthcare reformers can glean useful information and lessons that will one day help create a system of affordable healthcare for all in America.

Arguments Against Universal Health Care

The Concept of Framing

  • Overview of Framing
    Frames are conceptual structures that represent a way of understanding the world - they are a story about how the world works. Framing has become an essential tool for activists who are interested in changing how people think.
  • Framing Universal Health Care
    The way in which universal health care is framed plays a pivotal role in its appeal to the general public. This primer covers how to frame universal health care - and how not to frame universal health care.

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HCFA PowerPoints

These PowerPoint presentations are designed to highlight the major points of the primers that AMSA has written about universal health care. All of the presentations are annotated, so feel free to use these presentations to educate others. The only thing we would ask is for you to give full credit to AMSA, especially if you alter the slides.

  • Overview of the U.S. Health Care System
    How is the U.S. health care system organized and financed? How does the U.S. compare to other countries?
  • Strategies to Expand Health Care Access
    This presentation provides an objective overview of the advantages and disadvantages of various options for increasing health care access.
  • The Case for Universal Health Care
    Why is universal health care important? This presentation articulates a moral, economic, and cultural case for universal health care.
  • Single Payer 101
    What is single payer? What are the advantages and potential downfalls of single payer?
  • International Health Care Systems
    This presentation gives a whirlwind overview of the systems of the U.S., Japan, France, Germany, the U.K., and Canada.
  • Introduction to Framing
    Framing is becoming an essential tool for activists and politicians alike. Find out what framing is and how to frame universal health care.
  • Midwest Academy Strategic Planning and Coalition Building
    The Midwest Academy has been teaching activists how to strategically plan campaigns and action events for decades. This presentation introduces people to the Midwest Academy strategy chart and the basics of coalition building, which is an essential part of the Midwest Academy process.

Keeping Up With Current Events

Dr. Don McCanne's Quote of the Day
Dr. McCanne is a California physician who runs a one-man think thank on single payer health care. His e-mails address health policy studies and newspaper articles in the context of a single payer system.

The New Physician (TNP)

The New Physician MagazineRead AMSA's award-winning magazine & past issues.