The Necessity for Health Care Reform
Last year my grandma had been having heart problems and her insurance company was saying that they weren’t going to cover much of the cost. She had been having problems with the medications the doctors were giving her and she really needed surgery. We brought her to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, because she needed special care. She ended up getting a pacemaker put in, and everything turned out to be going good. The insurance company covered some of the bill, but still left us with an enormous bill. We are mainly happy that she was alive, but the bill is getting overwhelming. Many people are faced with problems that come up in our health care system. The health care system is flawed, but no one knows how to fix it, where to come up with the money and the government has so many other priorities on their agenda. Eric Neilson, published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, says that the government would be able to start fixing the current health care problem with money that is already in our current health care system without going farther into debt (para. 5). Many people say that the government needs to reform health care as soon as possible, due to the many people that are uninsured. This is a problem that needs to be looked at some point in time. As our political system stands now it is not viable to reform health care.
How is the government going to reform health care without a clear direction? Everyone is confused on the right way to go about reforming health care. Health care reform has been talked about for decades in the United States, trying to make our system more efficient. According to Dr. Jonathan Oberlander, associate professor of social medicine and of health policy at the University of North Carolina, Congress is split between whether to be for or against “employer-sponsored insurance.” If they choose to expand insurance coverage it could easily carry a price tag going over $100 billion...
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