The New York Times printed an article by Robert Pear, which reported that on December 24, 2009, the US senate passed the first bill, which would call for major reform regarding health care in the United States (Pear). The article titled “Senate Passes Health Care Overhaul on Party-Line Vote,” discusses the fact that while this step was a major milestone in the process of providing Americans with affordable heath care, it was not the end of the road. Over the coming months and years there would be a lot of give and take between democrats and republicans to revise the bill to the point where both sides could support it. One of the major points in this reform is that the US government was now going to offer affordable plans including subsidy options which would allow more Americans affordable options which were
Health care has been a controversial topic of discussion for all Americans since it was put in effect many years ago. Currently the biggest debate of Healthcare up to date is Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is a Health care Reform that is a governmental attempt to make basic health care easily obtainable. However, there are no benefits without cost in situations like this, and upon that are different viewpoints on the subject thus creating political debates discussing if it is ethically correct. The overall goal that Obamacare hopes to accomplish is that through specific changes through insurance companies, industry standards, and patient guarantees a healthier America will be produced. Obamacare has its ups and downs for both the generally agreeing democratic viewpoints and the opposing republican side. Both viewpoints have their own beliefs about how Health care works and Obamacare is somewhat in between on this. Most arguments on Obamacare deal with Medicaid being constitutional and if Obamacare truly reduces the total cost of health care for individuals and in the government.
On March 23, 2010, the Affordable care act also known as “obamacare” was signed into law by president Barrack Obama. Only gay marriage legislations and gun laws have elicited more public response than the affordable care act. Both opponents and proponents have presented constructive arguments of the perceived failures and strengths of the act. Owing to the intense debate surrounding the act, very few people understand that the act only came into full implementation in 2014. The raving reviews and critiques of the debate have bordered on myths and perception influenced by political alignments. Pertinent questions have been asked about the affordable care act. There have been conflicting accounts on the role of the affordable care act in regulating the health insurance industry. Concerns have been raised on why patients are paying higher out of pocket expenses yet the affordable care act was meant to introduce checks and balance in healthcare provisions. This paper therefore seeks to deeply explore the affordable care act by researching on these questions. The paper will also demonstrate perspectives on the good and the bad that comes from the affordable care act. Lastly, the paper will analyze healthcare situation in New York City with statistics showing that healthcare services are becoming more expensive in the city even after the full implementation of the affordable care act.
The judiciary, executive, legislature, at both state and federal levels, are the three branches of government primarily responsible for the formulation of healthcare policies in the United States. There are other non-governmental organizations such as professional and ethics bodies that provide rules and guidelines in some health care policies.
The CMS states “In 2014, national health spending is projected to increase to 7.4 percent, or 2.1 percentage-points faster than in the absence of reform as the major coverage expansions from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are expected to result in 22 million fewer uninsured people” ("Public Health Care Needs," 2012, p. 1). The complexity of health care spending and funding is a hot topic in the federal government, the media, and consumer. In this students experience many patients are aware that changes are coming, but the patients are very opinionated by their like or dislike of the President of the United States. This student has found through daily
Many Americans have their jobs because of the health insurance their employer provides. Therefore, when these individuals lose their jobs, they do not only lose that but their health insurance as well. Following, the third question, which has to do with the Democrats’ and Republicans’ views on the proper role of the government in the health care sector, as well as the “power struggle” in both House and Senate during the passage of the ACA.
In this article, “Health Care Reform; Is the landmark new plan a good idea?”, written by Marcia Clemmitt, makes an appeal about the Health Care Reform Act, also known as the Affordable Care Act. She includes opinions from the critics, as well as supporters to help establish and give facts from both views to help citizens decide on the new act. Most of these critics and supporters decisions are politically based and not formed on personal issues (hopefully). The genre of this article gives off a professional tone to the reader. It was published by CQ Press, a Division of SAGE on June 11, 2010. The promising effects are detailed and explained, but the author does not establish a clear idea to let the reader know if she
In recent years, health care has been a huge topic in public debates, legislations, and even in deciding who will become the next president. There have been many acts, legislations, and debates on what the country has to do in regards to health care. According to University of Phoenix Read Me First HCS/235 (n.d.), “How health care is financed influences access to health care, how health care is delivered, the quality of health care provided, and its cost”.
U.S. health care reform is currently one of the most heavily discussed topics in health discourse and politics. After former President Clinton’s failed attempt at health care reform in the mid-1990s, the Bush administration showed no serious efforts at achieving universal health coverage for the millions of uninsured Americans. With Barack Obama as the current U.S. President, health care reform is once again a top priority. President Obama has made a promise to “provide affordable, comprehensive, and portable health coverage for all Americans…” by the end of his first term (Barackobama.com). The heated debate between the two major political parties over health care reform revolves around how to pay for it and more importantly, whether it
Simultaneously, health and healthcare policy plays a tremendous role in the quality of life of every American. Likewise, by the government constantly interceding, health and healthcare is significantly influenced by the political climate and undertakings of administration; therefore creating a conflictual split between republicans and democrats. Health care is regarded as a product rather than a human right shaped by policymaking. Policies establish healthcare service stipulations, which are rooted in local, state, and federal statutes combined with landmark court decisions. Not only does policy focus on healthcare services; but, it also places a substantial emphasis on cost-efficiency and equality.
Gallup, a public opinion website, took a poll November 7-10, 2013 regarding American’s public opinion regarding healthcare. Overall, the results produced were positive, “while 69% of Americans rate their personal healthcare coverage as excellent or good, only 32% rate healthcare coverage in the country this highly” (Newport, p. 1). Gallup indicated that this rise in opinion was based off the election of President Obama for his second term and the upcoming promise of affordable health care for everyone. The satisfaction of healthcare system stemmed from approximately “eight in 10 Americans (79%) rate the quality of healthcare they personally receive as excellent or good…”(Newport, p.1). At the time, this public opinion focused solely on
The Clinton proposal was an attempt to reform America’s broken health care system. On September 22, 1993, President Clinton revealed his plan to Congress and to the world. What he did not take in to account was the actors and stakeholders involved and how they would affect the political feasibility of the Clinton Healthcare becoming a law. Perhaps, if he had used the Delphi technique- a systematic approach to assessing political feasibility that typically relies on surveys of stakeholders, but can also include surveys of experts who ae not direct stakeholders (McLaughlin &McLaughlin, 2014 p.281), he would have known the opposition he faced and the difficult task they lay ahead. The stakeholders and actors listed below all have their own motives
In this paper I will provide my understanding on why I feel Clinton’s Health Plan was unsuccessful. I will discuss the features of Clinton’s health care reform plan and provide my reasons I feel it failed. I will also discuss the influences of the various interests groups and governmental entities that were present during this process. Lastly I will discuss the policy process and policy environment key players that were involved and the other circumstances that shaped this policy-making effort.
Over 54% of Americans are against the Health Care Reform act and I am part of that percentage. This reform is asking Americans to give up some of their freedoms or risk getting a penalty. Many parties/groups are against this reform act as well and the following paper will show some of the arguments they have against Obamacare.