Because of the presidential race for the White House 2008, the idea of universal healthcare is at the forefront of many people's minds (it is also the only thing Hillary Clinton really ever talks about). Pretty much every industrialized nation offers a universal healthcare plan except the U.S.
Small businesses can benefit from a universal healthcare plan. Big companies can offer employees better coverage with more benefits, and thus have the advantage in the hiring market. With universal healthcare, however, a single government body provides coverage for basic needs. This means more small businesses will be able to be established which creates jobs.
Many people do not go to the doctor's office for routine check-ups simply because it costs too much. This makes early detection of chronic illnesses impossible. Paying for treatment of a long-term illness is much more expensive than paying for preventative treatment in most cases. Offering universal healthcare means more long-term illnesses can be caught early.
People will be able to put more money into markets, stimulating the economy. If bombarded by healthcare bills, consumers are not spending money in the market. With universal healthcare, medical bills will not force people in to bankruptcy, and consumer spending will increase, stimulating our dying economy.
Parents who cannot afford coverage for their children will now be nonexistent. Children will be born covered, creating a brighter and healthier generation of future workers!
Why do you think the U.S. hasn't employed universal healthcare already?