Feb 26, 2014
have probably heard that President
Barack Obama signed into law his medical reform bill. 'Obama Care'
is its nick name. Some people are very excited about this new
development, and other people are not. The question of whether the
U.S. needs universal health care has been debated for months. The
government has been split about the idea. Democrats, in general,
are in favor of it, but Republicans have not wanted it. The main
problem is cost. The U.S. spends more on health care than any other
country. There are lots of federal programs that help people
receive health care. The two biggest ones are Medicare and
Medicaid. Medicare supplies low-cost health insurance to the
elderly and disabled, while Medicaid is for the poor. All of these
programs are very expensive to run, and yet not everybody is
covered. There are millions who have no health care
coverage. Even those who can afford health insurance are not
guaranteed help for all of their needs; some who have a
pre-existing condition are refused help for that illness. Another
problem has been the huge expense of medicine in this country. Lots
of people actually go to Canada to buy cheaper medicine.
Regulations need to be made on how much pharmaceutical companies
can charge for their products. Historically, costs have also risen
because of the many malpractice lawsuits, and the legal system
allows huge sums of money to be paid in compensation. This has
driven up costs in general. There is a lot of work to be done in
the government to make the system fair. I suppose health care
systems always need to be monitored and improved. Personally,
I agree with universal health care coverage. It must be absolutely
dreadful to be in a position where you cannot get medical care for
your own children or other loved ones. Plus, a healthy nation is a
productive one. Mind you, I can also see the Republican's concerns
about 'big government' and too much taxing of citizens. The central
question is, as far as I can see, a person's right to have health
care. It's a moral question, not just a financial one. So it
becomes a little more complicated. Perhaps, if the government is
smart about the details, this could be the beginning of a very good
Medical system related vocabulary: universal coverage, health insurance, pharmaceutical, to reform.
1. Universal coverage is when everyone is covered, or has access to something.
2. People pay health insurance companies every month, the same way we pay car insurance companies.
3. The pharmaceutical companies are very wealthy and have a lot of power.
4. The health system is being reformed; it is being changed and updated.
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