The 42Nd President Of The United States, William (Bill)

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The 42nd President of the United States, William (Bill) Jefferson Clinton, had many great ideas. He was President between 1993 and 2001. Shortly after winning the election in 1992, he came up with the Health Security Act. It was meant to cover a wide variety of healthcare issues including giving benefits to all American citizens. It was so in depth that it would have affected every aspect of healthcare. Why did it fail? Throughout this paper you will learn of the features, demanders, suppliers, and the public policy environment within the Health Security Act and why that led to its demise. Features According to Moffitt (1993) The Health Security Act was a 1,342 page bill. It included many factors such as universal coverage, ability for…show more content…
Demanders and Suppliers There are several demanders and Suppliers of Clinton’s Health Security Act of 1993. Demanders can include, individuals and interest groups. Suppliers can include, legislators and executives. “It is a story of compromises that never happened, of deals that were never closed, of Republicans, moderate Democrats, and key interest groups that backpedaled from proposals they themselves had earlier co-sponsored or endorsed (Starr, 1995).” This was a very interesting Act in the sense that the demanders and suppliers mostly agreed and the lack of interest groups for it basically led it to not get approved. Interest groups included, insurance companies, medical associations such as AMA and HIAA, small businesses, and unions. Insurance companies were fearful that they would be spending more money and losing a profit since they would have to cover the extra expenses of normally not covered services. Small business owners were very nervous that it would cost them more and possibly put them out of business. It would require, “that employers would have to pay 80 percent of premiums; few small employers understood that this obligation was limited to a share of payroll, ranging from 3.2 to 7.9 percent, depending on the size and average wage of a firm (Starr, 1995).” Unions wanted there to be a guarantee if coverage and not a high tax on what they
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