Healthcare is the maintenance and improvement of physical and mental health, especially through the provision of medical services. Healthcare’s initial start was at the tail end of the ninth century. Steel mill workers during the Industrial Revolution were often hurt on the job. Large amounts of the worker’s money would go to their medical bills, paying for their illnesses and injuries. To help the worker’s save money, their jobs came up with a plan that would offer the men “sickness protection.
” Fast forward one hundred plus years later, and look where that one simple idea has gone. As we go into the essay, we will explore how healthcare benefits our country as a whole, through different articles I have found from various news sources. The first article I reviewed was entitled, “Obamacare kept reducing number of Americans without health insurance during Trump’s first months in office.”(Mangan, D., 2017/CNBC) In this article, the writer was discussing rates of people without healthcare in the United States.
In the article, it was voiced that health insurance levels were at historically low levels during President Donald Trump’s first months in office. During that time, President Trump was forcing for the elimination of Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, which is a “federal law intended to improve access to health insurance for US citizens.” Data was released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This data was intended to be used as a ‘measuring stick’ for President Trump to see how his administration policies affect the United States uninsured rate.
These rates have gone downhill since the unveiling of the Affordable Care Act. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in the first three months of 2017, eight point eight percent of Americans, which equal twenty-eight point one million people, did not have access to health insurance. That is about 500,000 fewer uninsured people than in 2016, a difference that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called, “nonsignificant” in a report issued by the agency. The second news article I researched was entitled, “Latest GOP Effort To Replace Obamacare Could End Healthcare For Millions.” (Kodjak, A., 2017/NPR.org) This news article was on the topic of the Graham-Cassidy Bill. The bill was first introduced on September 13th, 2017, by Senators Bill Cassidy, R-La.
, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. The bill has gained a large amount of attention since first being mentioned in the early month of 2017. When the article was first issued, the bill had the looks of being a possible vote for the Senate. Many individuals opposed the bill, some to even state that it would, “Result in millions of people losing their insurance coverage.” George Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, had made a public statement, stating that, “The Graham-Cassidy Plan would take health insurance coverage away from millions of people, eliminate critical public health funding, devastate the Medicaid program, increase out-of-pocket costs and weaken or eliminate protections for people living with pre-existing conditions.” The bill was designed to “deconstruct all of the major programs created by the Affordable Care Act, gathers up the money and hands it over to states to run their own health care programs.” On September 26th, 2017, the Graham-Cassidy Plan was not put to a ‘floor vote’ by the Republican leadership in Senate.
The third news article I reviewed was entitled,”Trump intends to sign executive order on health care next week.” The day after Congress’s attempt to draw back Obamacare failed, President trump had stated that he may soon “sign an executive order on healthcare that would affect millions of people. Mr.
Trump was not so discreet about his feelings toward Congress, and their failure to get rid of Obamacare. Four months ago, around the middle of August, President Trump had seemed to be supporting health insurance reforms pushed by Rand Paul, Senator of Kentucky. Mr. Paul, who originally against the Senate repeal bill, wanted insurers to be allowed to “sell policies across state lines” and for people to “be able to form groups to buy coverage.
” I believe President Trump can legalize on his own the ability of individuals to join a group or health association across state lines to buy insurance. This would bring enormous leverage to bringing down prices. It would also bring protection to individuals who feel left out, hung out to dry, basically.” Mr.
Paul stated. The fourth article I analyzed was entitled “I reviewed was entitled,”How the Healthcare Debate Is Impacting Medicare”, (Zamosky, L., 2017/US News) The news article was about the attempted overthrow of the Affordable Care Act. For a couple of months, there was a “war” going on in Washington, D.C. to overthrow and replace the Affordable Care Act.
This “war” had not only “gripped the nation”, but also brought along concerns on how this replacement might change healthcare for people who buy it with private insurance. With the addition to the overthrow and replacement of the Affordable Care Acts, there were plans to shift Medicare programs. Senior legislative representative on AARP’s federal legislative team, Andrew Scholnick, stated that “Funding for Medicare would likely have been cut by attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.” Even though bills that were attempting to displace Obamacare became unable to pass, details of Republicans’ proposals ultimately gave an inside look into the direction they would like health care to move, as well as the keeping efforts on the part of Congress and the Trump administration to reconstruct the American healthcare system.