There has always been a lot of debate over the U.S. healthcare system, and with the recent passing of the American Health Care Act (ACHA) in the House of Representatives, there has been a lot of concern over new regulations and proposals. Paper On Government and Healthcare
The law was introduced to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was a way for millions of Americans to have access to health insurance. The recent news in healthcare has reinforced a long standing issue, which is access to healthcare.
Access to healthcare is a significant issue in the United States. While most people are able to obtain insurance through their employer, others are left to pay out-of-pocket or find expensive alternatives. The United States has the most expensive healthcare in the world, yet the quality of care does not stack up to other nations. (Medical)
There are a few potential (yet, debatable) solutions to this growing problem. The first idea would be to offer truly universal healthcare. This would allow all Americans to have access to healthcare, but comes with its issues. Obviously, this has the potential to significantly increase taxes. For example, it was estimated that Bernie Sanders’ proposed health care plan would raise taxes by 9%. (Luhby) Another competing option would be to require all employers to offer health insurance. This would not help the unemployed, but would also not be a burden on taxpayers.