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HealthCare Reform in America 1


Health Care Reform in America

Lorena Ochoa

Kaplan University


Professor Angela Roberts

December 15, 2009

Health Care Reform in America 2

Health Care Reform in America

Congress is trying to create a health care reform plan to ensure security and

stability for all Americans who already have health insurance, and options to the

uninsured for affordable, quality insurance choices. This is generating a great debate

about the future of health care in America.

Health care in America has been a controversial topic since 1965 when

President Lyndon B. Johnson established the Medicare System for the elderly. Since

then, several attempts have been made to modify the national health care system and

introduce a universal health care system to the United States. It continues today with

opponents of such a system that believe the cost of setting up a national health

care reform program would cripple the nation’s economy. Supporters of the national

health care reform system believe that the status quo would eventually bankrupt the


President Obama is proposing a comprehensive health care reform plan in order

to manage rising health care costs, and to guarantee affordable high quality health care

for all Americans. “It will provide more security and stability to those who have health

insurance. It will provide insurance to those who don’t. And it will lower the cost of

health care for our families, our businesses, and our government.“ (The Obama Plan:

Stability & Security for All Americans, 2009). The President’s plan will allow Americans

who currently have health insurance and are happy with it, to maintain it.  For those

who do not have health care due to a job change or loss of employment, new high

quality, affordable options will be offered with the universal...