The Health Care Reform in America, by: Nabeel Fargo

Health care reform is a rubric which includes major health issues and policy creation or change. Health care reforms usually include a number of brief points such as the decrease in health care cost, improving one’s access to a specialist or a physician, improving the quality of health care, making it accessible for everyone and broadening the coverage through public sector programs or private sector programs. Millions of Americans have no form of health care coverage and rarely an ability to pay for services provided to them when they choose to utilize the United States health care system. Therefore President Barack Obama passed a new health care reform in order to improve the system for those millions of Americans who are mainly dependent on health care. Although there tends to be a number of people who do not seem to be very happy with the new health care reform, I think the newly passed health care bill will turn out to be one of the best reforms in the history of the United States.

A top goal for Democrats’ health care plans is to get every American citizen and permanent resident covered by health insurance because it seems to be a necessity for everyone. Despite the fact that Medicaid and Medicare exist, the number of people who lack health insurance in America has surpassed 45 million Americans. The main reason why many lack health insurance is mainly because of the fact that health insurance costs tend to be fairly high, and this is why many families lack health insurance and are not covered by any type of Medicaid or Medicare. However, it is clear that president Barack Obama has thought about that dilemma in the past, therefore, in order to improve the health care system in the United States, he has recently signed a new health reform legislation. The newly signed health reform will make insurance more affordable. It will set up a new competitive health insurance market. It will also bring a greater accountability to health care. It will end discrimination against those with preexisting conditions. And finally it will lead our budget and economy to a new path by reducing the deficit.

According to Marcia Clemmitt “For the first time in 15 years, health-care reform has moved to the top of Washington’s agenda. A new Democratic president and Democratic majorities in the House and Senate have declared two major goals: increase coverage to near-universal levels and stop the huge, annual cost increases that are gradually putting health care out of reach for small businesses and low-income families. Most proposals would subsidize insurance for low-income Americans and create new, government-regulated insurance markets for those without employer-provided coverage” (Clemmitt 693).

The United States is the only industrialized country without some form of government- financed universal health coverage. But while some analysts say it is astonishing that the United States leaders do not pay more attention to international experience, free market advocates say increased government involvement would greatly hinder Americans’ freedom of choice. Although the United States health care lags far behind other nations with universal health care, there has been an incredible amount of work dedicated to studying the best possible choices and directions to choose from in order to gain the best possible result and make it possible for everyone to have Medicare or Medicaid in the United States and lower the prices of health insurance companies so that health care and insurance would be achievable for everyone.

For at least 40 years, since the Nixon administration, the United States has wrestled with the problem of rising health costs. Nothing has worked for long to control these expenses, now rising at an annual rate of 6 percent. At that pace, Medicare and Medicaid will be in debt in eight years, and overall health care costs will double in a decade. More than a few analysts have concluded that nothing less than huge cuts in hospital and physician fees as well as drug prices will seriously deal with rising future costs. According to Daniel Callahan “Rationing will be necessary. We are near the end of the road on evasions and magic bullets to dodge that issue” (Callahan 709).

Clemmitt also suggests that “One controversial scheme would create a publicly run insurance plan and require individuals to buy coverage. Congressional Republicans and some Democrats argue, however, that the plan would be too expensive and would allow government to meddle too much in health care. And at angry town hall meetings in August, some even charged, incorrectly, that the arrangement would establish “death panels” that would deny treatment to elderly and disabled patients” (Clemmitt 694)

In conclusion, health care has been one of the most discussed and controversial topics because of the fact that each person has a different point of view when it comes to discussing the issue of health insurance. However, I believe the newly signed health care reform signed by president Barack Obama will have a fairly good impact on many Americans who lacked health insurance due to the fact that it was fairly expensive because now it is more affordable and sets up a new competitive health insurance market giving millions of Americans the same choices of insurance that members of Congress will have.  And it brings greater accountability to health care by laying out commonsense rules of the road to keep premiums down and prevent insurance industry abuses and denial of care. I think the newly passed health care bill will turn out to be one of the best reforms in the history of United States.

Works Cited

Callahan, D. ”Should Government Ration Health Care”. President Emeritus the Hasting center,

CQ researcher. 10 Aug. 2009.

Clemmitt, M.”Health Care Reform”. CQ researcher 19 (2009): 693-716. Print.

United States. The White House. Health Care. Barack O. 22 Feb. 2010.Web.

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