Theu.s. Heath Care System

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Some view the U.S. heath care system is the best and most technologically advanced in the world. This may be true but the way in which it is implemented is up for debate as the issues around the laws governing U.S. heath care has been agrued for decades in Washington. The facts are that the U.S. senior population is growing as advances in medicine are keeping people alive longer. Furthermore, young adults are choosing to attend college and seek early careers over getting married and having children early in life. Our text states that “the elderly make up most of the top users of heath care services…more than 13 percent of the 315 million U.S residents are over 65” (Miller 674). This poses a strain on our health care system that is largely private with plans made available by employers partnering with private third-party heath care companies. There are many pros and cons of the system in place to today as Americans still struggle with the current system. Many options exist to reduce the cost of health care and move closer to a system that will be sound for future generations. However, establishing laws that force heath care plans on people and penalize those who wish to opt-out seems to run against the priciples of a country that was founded on free-market capitalism and limited government intervention. The democratic controlled Congress along with president Obama passed some the largest reforms in U.S. heathcare in history detailed in a 2,000 page bill. The majority of Republicans fought hard against the bill, but were outnumbered when the final votes were cast. In 2010 president Obama sigined the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “ObamaCare”. Prior to this legistation, Medicare and Medicaid were main government sponsored... ... middle of paper ... ...ic care, and common over the counter medications. These proposals are not sweeping changes but a mix of viable options to reduce the overall costs of health care. However, some of the proposals are more economically cost effective versus others. Technological innovation is the optimal solution regarding cost as technology is proven to reduce the cost of labor and maximizes production (output) over manual processes. Boosting preventive care, via expansion of health care saving accounts, may be considered the least optimal as people need very large incentives to change to a more healthy lifestyle. The current U.S. health care system is somewhat functional but the overall costs continue to rise as projections of cost reductions are still many years in the future. Some claim health care costs have slowed which is least a step in the right direction.

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