Federal Health Care Reform : Insurance With The General Public

2465 WordsMay 5, 201610 Pages
Federal Health Care Reform: Insurance with the General Public Introduction The Federal Healthcare Reform is currently using the already instated insurance system that the United States has and builds upon it to make it more accessible for everyone. The federal health care reform was intended for every legal citizen of the United States. The health care system has been in effect for just over a century and has shown its many different faces to the public. Since a formal health care system has not been around for very long, there are several alternatives that could be put in place in order to find the right fit for Americans. There are also some political constraints such as the backlash from the public that have made it hard to make…show more content…
The other form of health care that was implemented was Medicaid. Medicaid is apart of the welfare system but is a bit more expensive than all the programs combined. Understanding the history is understanding the foundation and ground floor of the programs and being able to determine why they failed or succeeded. In the beginning of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the “healthcare system” was left in the hands of the states, which the states handed off to private and voluntary programs to deal with. In the presidential term of Teddy Roosevelt, 1901-1909, he felt that “no country could be strong whose people were sick and poor.” (Palmer 1999) He did however back health insurance as a whole. Roosevelt was not the one fighting for the health care though, there were outside forces that impacted health care. The American Association of Labor Legislation (AALL) led the campaign for health insurance. They drafted their first bill by 1915. This bill wanted to limit the coverage toward the working class and anyone who earned less than $1,200 a year including dependents. The American Medical Association (AMA) backed this bill because they felt the same way about coverage. The AMA did not speak for all doctors and those who opposed this backing spoke up. The American Federation of Labor (AFL) opposed the bill because they felt that it would weaken the unions and they wanted to maintain their strength. The private insurance
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