A Template or Guide for your Persuasive Speech Outline A. Introduction According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 47 million Americans, which is 20% of the population under the age of 65, were without health insurance in 2008? Many people are under the assumption that the reason why all of these people don’t have insurance is because they are too lazy to work and pay for it, but this is not always the case. In fact, most of these uninsured people were laid off a job, switched jobs or have a preexisting condition. How would you feel if one of these people were you or a family member? What if you were sick and needed medical assistance and couldn’t get it because you weren’t insured? Unfortunately I am very familiar with this situation. Over the summer I was dropped from my dad’s insurance because of pre-existing conditions. I had to get an insurance plan on my own, which took awhile to find because of my pre-existing conditions. While I was looking for an insurance company that would cover me I was not able to go to the doctors. From this experience I have come to realize how serious this issue has become, which is why Obama introduced his health care reform, which would provide insurance to those who can’t get it through private insurance companies. Today we are going to bring to your attention how serious this issue is becoming and hope to convince you that a health care reform is much needed. We are going to discuss the benefits of the health care plan if you don’t have insurance, if you do have insurance, some myths about the plan, and how it would help the economy. B. BODY of your Speech 1. Benefits if you don’t have health insurance a. Coverage b. Won’t be able to be dropped from insurance c. If you lose your job or switch jobs you will still be covered 2. Myths about the health care plan a. Illegal immigrants would be covered. This is not true. They will not be covered. The only way they could get treatment is in an emergency room. It is a law that emergency rooms are required to treat anyone that comes in, whether they are legal or illegal. b. Everyone will have to take the plan. If you don’t want the plan then you do not have to take it and do not have to pay for it. A Template or Guide for your Persuasive Speech Outline c. The government will set doctors wages. Doctors will still be making the same salary as they are not. The government will not determine how much they get paid. d. Abortions will be covered e. The government is trying to take over health insurance. The government has no intentions to do this. Their main goals are to get people insurance that can’t get it otherwise and to bring competition to insurance companies. Other insurance companies are going to have to adjust their plans in order to keep up with the benefits of the universal plan. f. People from health insurance won’t benefit from it. There are benefits if you have insurance and decide to take the universal plan also. 3. Benefits if you have health insurance a. This insurance would cover what your private insurance company doesn’t cover. b. If you get dropped from your private insurance company, you will have this to fall back on. 4. How it will help the economy This insurance plan is intended to save over 4 trillion dollars in the next 10 years. C. CONCLUSION 1. Though there are still a few things that need to be worked out about this plan there are many things that can benefit from it. I encourage you to take action on our ongoing healthcare problem. Failure to act will only allow this crisis to grow. More families will go without coverage and more businesses will be forced to drop or water down their healthcare plans.