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Bioethics, Unit 3 Web Research
January 01, 2014
Justice and Health Care
The topic chosen for web research is Universal Health Care. Researching this topic is enlightening to say the least, reviewing the differences between representation by the government and what is actually occurring in the open market definitely do not match.
Universal Health Care’s ultimate goal provides health care to all citizens. Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all plan, and depending on pre-existing and chronic medical conditions, the cost of healthcare will become a burden to all ages of healthier people enrolled in the plan.
By focusing on Universal Health Care, I specifically looked at the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. The impact of a trillion-dollar deficit for widespread government expenses severely affects the additional costs for the program, as well as needing additional funds to help in coverage costs. The plan appears to transfer funds from areas such as Medicare and Medicaid and other programs to defray the growing costs of the Affordable Care Act.
According to Battistella (2013, p. 410) “Obamacare truly represents a historical milestone in the nation’s century-long quest for universal health coverage.” Unfortunately, this government is not reliable in being upfront and honest in its handling of this presidency. Per The White House website (2009), Obama stated in his State of the Union Speech “In the next few days, I will submit a budget to Congress.” Since that time, there have been no budget balancing submissions. According to Jeffrey (2010) after Obama took office, the federal debt was $6.3073 trillion reported by the Bureau of the Public Debt, a division of U.S. Treasury Department. After the first nineteen months in office, the federal debt had grown to $8.8333 trillion, which was an increase of $2.5260 trillion, making Obama the most monetarily exorbitant president in the history of the United States. This appears to be a rampant misrepresentation, dishonest abuse, and disregard for the welfare of American citizens.
Since passing Obamacare in 2010, there continues to be hostile debate with formidable reactions and this seems to negate tolerable reason and wisdom for negotiation. The sequester and refusal of Congress to work out negotiations, delaying implementation of certain laws, cancellations of millions of private insurance policies or only having employee coverage, leaving the rest of the family forced to use Obamacare or go without insurance.
Steinbock, London, & Arras, (2013, p. 181) states that reviewing for adequate amounts, types, and quality of health care can provide for the health condition in question. Developing cost/benefit analysis tools can help administrations in assessing and identifying problems, creating an action plan, and developing a structure that allows open communication to determine all relevant effects of the treatment decision.
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act will only continue to further the decline of the United States economy, as the price appears too cost prohibitive in that many cannot afford premiums. It is difficult to ascertain who exactly is representing each side since there seems to be such conflict within the government. Passing a bill such as this required much more detailed scrutiny, collaboration, teamwork, and negotiation by all members involved which also includes the United States American citizens. Thinking that just signing an Executive Order will fix the problem is worrisome