The Debate Over Health Care Reform

With the presidential race approaching, health care is a topic of fervent contention in the minds of prospective voters.  There are those who feel it should be privatizedand then are citizens who feel that there should be universal medical coverage.  The latter is what republicans have been kicking and screaming about ever since the implementation of “Obama Care.”  On March 23, 2010 the president signed and enacted a law called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  What is emerging because of this legislation are outcries from the tea party candidates condemning the democratic presidents firm stance on the issue.  Obama has an ideology that revolves around humanitarian principles and it is likely that the GOP and him will never see eye to eye.  One thing is for certain, the health care system in the US is broken and it is time for some unified reform.  President Obama is trying to bring the two sides of the political isle to come together.  He states,

“For those Americans who can’t get insurance today because they have pre-existing medical conditions, we will immediately offer low-cost coverage that will protect you against financial ruin if you become seriously ill. This was a good idea when Senator John McCain [a republican] proposed it in the campaign, it’s a good idea now, and we should embrace it.”

In order to cover the uninsured there has to be a growing number of people on Medicaid, which is designated for low-income people issued by the government.  Also under Obama Care, subsidies would be given to the middle-class to buy insurance.  This debate is all about the public option versus private plans.  The GOP is for the privatization of health care while democrats feel that the introduction of a public government-based plan would only raise the level of competition and force the private insurers to lower their costs.Health care is becoming to expensive these days and it is imperative that GOP and the president come to amicable terms.  Repeals to Obama care are already in line to be considered and it’s going to be a tough fight between the democrats and republicans for what seems to be a long time.

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