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Obama Care Trends

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The rise of the cost of healthcare has been a hotbutton political issue in the United States in recent years, especially with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. In 1995, the United States spent a little over 13 percent of its GDP on healthcare. By 2013, spending on healthcare had increased to around 17 percent of GDP (World Bank). This trend is projected to continue; healthcare spending will reach some 34 percent of GDP by 2040, with state and federal Medicare and Medicaid spending reaching 15 percent of GDP (Council of Economic Advisors). For comparison, the entire US federal government spent only 20.7 percent of GDP in 2015 (Office of Management and Budget 163) What is driving this…show more content…
Part of the reason why seniors spend so much on healthcare is that they, in their old age, reap the consequences of risky behavior that they engaged in throughout their lives. Risky behaviors like poor nutrition, lack of physical exercise, alcohol use and smoking significantly increase a person's risk to suffer from chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. These chronic diseases result in 7 out of 10 deaths and 75 percent of healthcare spending (CDC). Preventative care like screenings, physical examinations, and avoiding risky health behaviors is a cost-effective way of reducing expenditures on catastrophic care, yet Americans use preventative care only about half as much as they should (CDC). This is due to a lack of easy access to preventative care and/or a lack of motivation to seek out care and control risky health…show more content…
Not all preventative care is necessarily cost effective, in fact some preventative procedures are quite expensive. Not all people benefit from preventative care, either. Preventative care also doesn't have to take place at a hospital or under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Things like more healthy school lunches, workplace wellness programs, agricultural policy and even the design of urban transport systems can influence the incidence of preventable diseases. (Begley) These are all valid points and should be taken into consideration if we expand the use of preventative care in our health
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