Policy Position Paper

Policy Position Paper - Health-care is an important topic...

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Health-care is an important topic because it is something that all people have to deal with either having or not having, and not having good health coverage can lead to worsening health problems and even death of citizens. The idea of changing our health- care system is inevitable due to rising health-care costs and an increasing population of uninsured citizens. Even though this is true, the United States Congress has had a difficult time discussing the issue. Health-care reform has been slowly occurring in the United States since the end of the Civil War when the idea of health care as a right came in to play for veterans. On the other hand universal health-care has been a part of other well-developed countries such as Germany, Britain, and Canada for some time. Eventually health-care in the United States developed into a private market, but people began to realize that because health-care was provided to the majority of people through work-place based coverage a lot of citizens with the most need (the sick and elderly) were not getting adequate coverage. Therefore in the 1940’s & 1950’s Congress attempted to discuss the issue five times with four different presidents backing guaranteed universal coverage. In 1965 Congress launched two new programs – Medicare and Medicaid – to help cover the elderly, poor mothers with children, the poor, and the disabled. Also, in 1997 the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was launched to help children from low and middle class families receive health insurance. President Bill Clinton and his wife Hilary proposed the Health Security Act in 1993 & 1994 to no avail. There are several states that have been working on health-care reform, such as Tennessee, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Minnesota, and Massachusetts, but nothing at the federal level, which brings us to today.
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On March 23, 2010 President Barack Obama signed a piece of legislation that has brought a lot of controversy to the table about health-care reform. This piece of legislation was created in hopes to extend insurance coverage to 32 million more US citizens that are currently uninsured, as well as help lower the ever-rising health-care
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2011 for the course POL 241 taught by Professor Chriskelly during the Spring '10 term at Miami University.

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