Obama’s Health Care Reform
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust The Health care reform’s existing position after more than a year of political debate and legislative banter, congress finally approved a comprehensive health reform package. President Obama signed both health care reform bills, which included the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. It's no secret that health care rates are spiraling out of control in this nation. On average, we now pay out more per person on health care than both groceries and accommodations. Insurance premiums are increasing much quicker than inflation, which prevents economic expansion and leaves businesses with a smaller amount of money to give raises or hire more employees. Introduction
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation health care expenses are getting higher and higher each day. Health insurance premiums is now two times more in the last 9 years than ever before, increasing 4 times more rapidly than income in the past 8 years, and mounting co-pays and deductibles threaten access to care. Several insurance policies cover only an inadequate number of physicians’ visits or hospital days, exposing families to unrestricted monetary responsibility. More than half of all individual bankruptcies today are caused by medical bills. Lack of inexpensive health care is compounded by severe imperfections in our health care delivery system. About 150,000 Americans die from medical inaccuracy in hospitals each year. Barack Obama’s universal health care reform will promise inexpensive, accessible health care treatment for all Americans. At present time, there are over 50 million Americans lacking health insurance, and millions more are in jeopardy of losing their coverage due to escalating expenses. Increasing costs are also a load on employers, mainly small businesses, which are increasingly unable to provide health insurance coverage for their employees and remain competitive. Virtually 3 million fewer Americans receive health insurance coverage through their company now compared to eight years ago, and this movement shows no indication of slowing down. It is basically too costly for individuals and families to purchase insurance directly on the open market and unfeasible for several with pre-existing situations. (Himmelstein, Thorne, Warren, & Wooldhandler, 2005). Discussion
According to the New England Journal of Medicine the quality and convenience of medical care in the United States remains amongst the finest in the world, a lot of people speculate whether we'd be better off taking on a universal government-controlled health care scheme like the one used in Canada. How far it takes us is up for difference of opinion. The new law is certain to be disputed and customized for years to come. This debate talks about whether a total government takeover of health care should be undertaken. Under the new plan, if you like your current health insurance, nothing changes, except your costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year. If you don’t have health insurance, you will have a choice of new, affordable health insurance options. Unproductive and deprived quality care costs the country at least $50 to $100 billion every year. Billions more are exhausted on management and overhead because of inefficiencies in the health care system. And given recent trends, this dilemma will only get worse as health care expenses are anticipated to double within the next decade. According to the Census Bureau Millions of Americans are uninsured because of increasing expenses of health care. More than 45 million Americans, as well as 8 million children do not have health insurance. 85 percent of the uninsured are in working families. Yet individuals with health coverage are struggling to manage elevated medical expenses. Rising health care...
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