Obama Welfare Model

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To what extent can the American Health care system be characterized as a welfare model and what will Obama do about it? Introduction The main purpose of a welfare system is to provide its citizens an economic or social safety net. Many countries offer some sort of welfare. In America the welfare model is described as a liberal welfare system it represents the individualism and has a punitive view of poverty. America is ranked as the 10 richest countries in the world with a GDP of $ 47.000 per capita and should be characterized as a welfare state. Yet, Approximately 87 million people are without health care insurance and another 25 million are underinsured (www.cnnmoney.com). This implies that millions of people are living without access…show more content…
He will make health insurance affordable and accessible to all on the existing health care system. By 2010 Obama has come up with a budget that will transform and modernize the American healthcare system. President Obama would like to hold on to eight principles: Guarantee choice so that Americans can choose their own health plans and physicians. Make health coverage affordable to everyone. Protect families’ financial health so that people are protected from bankruptcy due to catastrophic illness. Invest in prevention and wellness. Provide portability of coverage people shouldn’t stay in a specific kind of job just because of health benefits. Aim for universality so that every American is covered by health care. Improve patient safety and quality care. And last maintain long-term fiscal sustainability so that the plan will pay for itself. “I suffer no illusions that this will be an easy process. It will be hard. But I also know that nearly a century after Teddy Roosevelt first called for reform, the cost of our health care has weighed down our economy and the conscience of our nation long enough. So let there be no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.” President Barack Obama, February 24,

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