Clinton Health Care Reform

Clinton Health Care Reform - Heefner 1 Colette Heefner...

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Heefner 1 Colette Heefner Professor Arroyo December 13, 2007 Politics Option 2: The Downfall of Health Care Reform In 1992 Presidential candidate Bill Clinton made a campaign promise to reform health care coverage in the United States. Americans subsequently elected him in hopes for a new and improved system which allowed them to focus more on getting healthy and less on paying their bills. He made the executive decision to appoint First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to develop and carry out his plan. By 1994, however, Hillary’s new proposal had been crafted and shortly after put down. Both Theda Skocpol in her book Boomerang and Michael Moore in his movie SiCKO address different aspects of the Clinton Administration’s plan during this pivotal time in U.S. history. The base of discussion in both works surrounds how a nation with the best doctors and technologies in the world still leaves a great percentage of its people without the care they should be entitled to. The main issue addressed by Skocpol and Moore, like all the others in the world of business and politics, is the issue of money. The Clinton Administration recognized that the U.S. spends a significantly greater proportion of its national income on health care compared to other leading nations, yet it is the most dissatisfied out of any other (Skocpol, 22). Hillary Clinton devised a plan to change that by ensuring universal health care administered by the national government. A factor in the plans downfall revolved
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Heefner 2 around the question of cost versus quality; for doctors and private insurance companies, it was quality of life, and for patients, it was quality of care. The reform would have cut the cost of procedures and prescriptions, in turn, reduced the average salary of a professional in the medical field. Doctors and health insurance companies, needless to say, were not thrilled by this. Though these institutions were in favor of helping out people in need, beyond that being the sole root of their profession, they “strongly opposed any specifics that could step on their particular toes” (Skocpol, 142). If Hillary Clinton’s health care reform went though, medical professionals feared that their toes just might fall off. Moore highlights the life of an average English doctor where health care is government funded to depict this. The doctor, while not living the in the lap of luxury, did however, live in a million dollar apartment in the heart of London and had all that you would expect to come with it. Life was not so horrible for the National Health Service employee. The doctor does note that if he wanted a five or six million dollar home and three or four nice cars he would practice in America, though he is more than satisfied with his life in England. The other wary factor in universal health care revolved around patients’ fear of
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