Health Care Reform Essay

1443 Words Aug 30th, 2010 6 Pages
Health Care Reform 2010

There is so little contradiction that government should be engaged in one way or another in creating a solution that gives Americans in need of medical assistance the right to life, liberty and the continued pursuit of happiness. The disagreements come in recognizing the failure of government to properly handle other socialized systems, the amount of government oversight that should be imposed, and the coverage that should be part of any comprehensive national healthcare solution.
During his campaign, President Obama argued for health care
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S. (2010, June). Sharper downturn clouds Obama spending plans. The New York Times, p. A1. One estimate of the relationship between the unemployment rate and the number of uninsured is that each percentage point increase in the unemployment rate leads to 1.1 million more adults not being insured Schwartz, K. (2008). Health coverage in a period of rising unemployment. Retrieved June, 2010 from http://www.kff.org/uninsured/upload/7842.pdf.Thus, between now and the end of the economic crisis, approximately five million adults could lose their private insurance coverage.
President Obama should be concerned about the large number of uninsured Americans because of the negative health outcomes and reduced economic productivity associated with being uninsured. According to the Institute of Medicine, the uninsured tend to have poorer health quality and die prematurely compared to people with insurance, and the economy suffers due to reduced productivity from the millions of uninsured Americans who have poor health or who are prematurely disabled,Institute of Medicine (2003). Hidden costs, value lost: Uninsurance in America. Retrieved June, 2010 from http://www.iom.edu/Object.File/Master/12/327/Uninsured5FINAL.pdf.
While providing health insurance for all Americans is the most important element of President Obama’s health care reform

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