President Obama’s pledge to pay for the program by taxing the rich, who is anyone that makes more than $1 million a year (which would include President Obama) and will make for “a marketplace that provides choice and competition” (Conniff, 2009). He also proposes that reform is about every American who has ever feared losing their coverage if they become too sick, lose their jobs or even change their jobs. It’s realizing that the biggest force behind our deficit is the growing costs for Medicare and Medicaid programs.”
Medicaid is a huge program that touches many lives but is nonetheless poorly understood by both the public and policymakers. This is an argument for many people, mostly because the public has the idea that only people that refuse to work are on it, well for some yes that could be true but this program helps working families and the elderly. single individuals and childless couples are largely excluded from Medicaid coverage, but the program covers 65 percent of maternity stays for women under 25, and 40 percent of all maternity stays. Many of these women are uninsured individuals with incomes above the poverty line. ("PA DHS - Healthy Beginnings," n.d.) For many financially struggling families, whom otherwise are least likely to have insurance, Medicaid is the only available option for them to receive the coverage they need. The media portrays this façade of “Medicaid: Worst insurance in America?” It’s hard for citizens to not believe that line when it’s in the forefront of a political debate. With republicans like, Carly Fiorina making statements such as “Obamacare isn’t helping anyone” ("Medicaid: Worst insurance in America?," n.d.) what is the country supposed to
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
Over five million individuals have lost their health insurance since Obamacare has been approved and put into action. The policy of Obamacare states that employers who are providing health insurance to their employees must tack on additional benefits that the companies cannot afford to do. This in turn causes the eventual cancellation of coverage for the employees, leaving them with no options besides signing up for Obamacare. It is the scheme of all schemes. Policy makers are constantly adding revisions to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) making it harder and harder for individual businesses and corporations to keep their health plan up to the standards Obamacare has set in place.
In 2009 there were 50.7 million people, 16.7% of the population, without health insurance. Americans all over the country are working and yet they still can’t afford to pay the high cost of health insurance for themselves and their families. Under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which was signed by Obama on March 23, 2010, thirty two million Americans who were previously not eligible for Medicaid may now have the opportunity to be covered. If this act is passed in North Carolina then it will be expanded to cover nearly all of the 1.5 million North Carolinians who are without health insurance. If more Americans are covered under the Medicaid that they need then
Medicaid has help many qualified Americans who were historically unable to access health care. At the same time, it has raised questions and controversies as how efficient is the plan overall. Various research studies were conducted and contradicting results were presented. According to Paradise and Garfield (2013), some said that having no coverage at all is better that having a Medicaid coverage. On the other hand, some expressed that Medicaid paved a way to improved health due to increased access to services that provides prevention of diseases, health maintenance, and effective treatment (Paradise & Garfield, 2013). As for me I am in favor of the later, health care access for all. It comes down to equitable distribution of resources
Since the early days of our nation, our founding fathers thrived for change. At the peak of his election campaign, Barack Obama promised the change the country had been longing for. He promised a health care reform and new benefits. Many presidents elected after the signing of Roosevelt’s New Deal had tried to achieve health care reform but ultimately none succeeded. Obama promised change; his change came under the name of the Affordable Care Act, a bill that was filled with empty promises. The Affordable Care Act, nicknamed “Obamacare” was supposed to benefit all Americans but instead of helping our nation's citizens, it burdened them. It burdened them with higher taxes, less hours of work, and higher costs
In March 2010, one of the most controversial bills in modern history was signed into law by President Barack Obama. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act expanded the 1965 bill passed under President Johnson that created Medicare and Medicaid (“LBJ Presidential Library,” 2015). While the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it has been dubbed by the media, has many components, the focus here is the expansion of Medicaid. Obamacare sought to expand Medicaid to cover those who earn too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid, but not enough to afford employer-provided health care. These people are said to be in the “coverage gap” (“Obamacare Medicaid expansion,” 2015). While only 32 states have adopted Obamacare, we should advance a policy encouraging the remaining states to expand existing coverage by extending the period of federal government cost-sharing an additional five years. Doing so would give states previously refusing the cost sharing a second chance to opt-in. This expansion would save money for the states from some of the rising cost of healthcare, and fulfill our moral duty to care for uninsured Americans.
Expanding Medicaid under the new Affordable Care Act, or Obama Care as it has been dubbed, is a serious issue affecting not only the 47.5 million citizens on it according the to the U.S. Census Bureau (2012), but also 5.7 million more struggling United States Citizens needing medical care (2014). By expanding Medicaid, it would mean access to affordable health insurance, preventative care and new jobs created. On An 6-3 decision, those incomparable court upheld a discriminating some piece of the moderate mind Act, memorable human services change that the President marked under theory five a considerable length of time agnus dei. Now, a large number about Americans who got secured over wellbeing protection marketplaces could sit tight
This tension will likely have effects on the timely manner in which healthcare legislation is passed, as both Democrats and Republicans will continue to argue over what mandates should be eliminated or added to any bill that comes before them. To address this, in January of 2017, Congressional Republicans passed a budget that would ease the passage of the bill meant to replace Obamacare. Specifically, the budget prohibits Democratic senators from filibustering to block future legislation. This addition to the budget is pivotal in quickening the bill’s passing as a Republican majority exists in the senate, 52-48, yet it requires 60 votes to end filibusters, a process that would involve countless days of wrangling votes. According to The Washington Post, President Trump has previously said that if Republicans splinter or slowdown in carrying out his agenda for health care, he will utilize the full power of the presidency to allow whatever healthcare bill that is created to be passed. Politicians such as Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., argue that Republicans should name their efforts “repeal and repent” due to the harm that would be caused to over twenty million Americans who currently have coverage due to Obamacare. House GOP leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana said that the actions of Democrats should not be to protect Obama’s legacy, but to actually fulfill
Most of the people who are uninsured are the working poor, which the overall costs of medical care can hurt them. By the means of doing their best, these people just can’t afford the insurance. Health care has become increasingly unaffordable for businesses and individuals. (Reese) Premiums grow several
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, concerns have been raised regarding the Republicans’ desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act, informally referred to as Obamacare. The ACA was originally enacted into law in 2010 and has been annually provisioned to expand its ability to not only improve the nation’s access to health care, but also to reform the health care delivery system. Through the ACA, private and public insurance has become more available and affordable, new health care delivery models have improved quality of care, and several workforce policies have made primary care a more desirable profession for medical students.
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
After one of the most grueling presidential races in American history, the populous candidate Donald Trump has been elected by the American people as our next president. While campaigning, one of the first things that Trump vowed to accomplish in office was to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (donaldjtrump.com). Trump should have no trouble doing this with the support of both the Republican senate and the Republican House. The consequences of what exactly will be done is a constantly argued topic and the phrase “repeal and replace Obamacare” has become a sort of buzzword in the media.
With the ever-changing difficulties of our health insurance landscape, the government has taken a more active role in the health care and well-being of American citizens. With this shift, programs like Medicare and Medicaid, become polarizing topics in an environment where individual finances are tight, our economy is struggling, and the future is no longer as predictable or financial secure as we once believed it to