History Of Health Care Reform

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History of Health Care Reform Our country has been on the cusp of health care reform several times throughout history. It has evolved from strictly a patient and physician system to numerous other parties in the equation from patients, physicians, hospitals, insurance carriers and government programs to name a few. The latest health care reform came with passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) signed into law on March 23, 2010. This new law is a conglomerate of the many attempts at health care reform throughout the years. In the early 1900’s, healthcare was aimed at protecting workers from lost wages and medical expenses while they were sick (Hoffman, 2003). President Truman proposed universal health insurance but it was seen as socialized medicine and the legislation never passed (Oberlander, 2012). He did manage to pass the Social Security Act of 1935 that later became the basis for Medicare and Medicaid (Hoffman C. , 2009). “Military Medicare” was passed in 1956 that provided health care benefits for military dependents. Employer based insurance continued to grow during this time. As health care was becoming more difficult to get for older Americans and the sick, the U.S. government became involved and passed Medicare/Medicaid legislation on July 30, 1965 (Taylor, 2014). Medicare Part A to pay for hospital care, skilled nursing and home health, optional Medicare Part B to pay for physician care, and Medicaid, to assist states in covering
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