Health Care Reform Essay

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Former President Bill Clinton introduced a Health Security Proposal in 1993, which was his attempt for a fundamental reform of the American healthcare system (Longest, 2010). In January of 1993, Clinton announced that he would be putting together a team of experts to review the issue of health care cost and develop a plan to propose to congress (Bok, 1998). On September 22, 1993, Clinton then made a speech to Congress announcing this new health plan (Bok, 1993). In his speech, Clinton urged law makers to “Fix a health care system that is badly broken, giving every American health security-health care that is always there, health care that can never be taken away” (Bok, 1993). He also mentioned in his speech that health care was …show more content…
His premiums were raised because his health insurance company told him that two of his employees had become high risk because of their age (Rample, 2009). Because of this increase in cost, Kennedy could no longer afford to insure his employees. The two high risk employees were his parents who had founded the company (Rample, 2009). In his speech, Clinton stated: “Millions of Americans are just a pink slip away from losing their health insurance and one serious illness away from losing all their savings (Rample, 2009). During this time, over 37 million Americans, most working adults and their children were uninsured (Rample, 2009). Medical bills were growing at over twice the rate of inflation, and the United Stated was spending over a third more of its income on health care than any other nation in the world (Rample, 2009). Clinton believed the only way to fix the problem with United States health care was to start with congressional action (Rample, 2009). Clinton combined different principles and ideas that have been accepted by the Republican and Democratic Party in Congress (Rample, 2009). The universal Health care plan focused on six principles: security, simplicity, savings, choice, quality and responsibility. Security refers to the American who did not have health care, now being able to have it and for the Americans who were insured; they know have the security of knowing it will not be taken

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