Healthcare Essay

1363 WordsMay 14, 20126 Pages
Healthcare: Will the reform be beneficial? The debate on healthcare has been incredibly controversial in America for centuries. Presidents from Roosevelt to Clinton, have passed bills to reform the healthcare system but it only helped a portion of U.S. citizens. In 1965, President Kennedy signed the Medicare Bill which later on became part of the Social Security Act, in the 1970’s the Committee for National Health Insurance (CNHI) Bill was drafted, in the 1990’s President Clinton passed the Clinton Health Security Bill but all these were only attempts to reform healthcare and from then on much has been done to slim down the healthcare issue in the United States. On May 12, 2009, Senator Ted Kennedy wrote to President Obama saying, “I came to believe that soon, very soon, affordable health coverage will be available to all, in an America where the state of a family’s health will never again depend on the amount of a family’s wealth.” For decades Senator Ted Kennedy tirelessly sought out ways to fix this dilemma. His persistence and dedication in reforming healthcare made him acknowledged throughout the U.S and highly respected. Before he died, he worked with the staff of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), to bring forth the Affordable Health Choices Act. This legislation enforces the reduction of health care costs, allows Americans to keep the coverage they have if they want it, and makes health insurance affordable to those who do not have it today. After our country suffered a huge economic crash—the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, there were hundreds of thousands jobs lost per month. Credit froze and the most powerful corporations went into bankruptcy. The financial system was on the verge of a collapse. In order to stabilize the economy from the crisis, President Obama has made many reforms since his

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