I believe that the biggest challenge the United States has faced regarding health care reform is the inability of political parties to cooperate on the issues. Since Truman’s presidency, there has not really been a consistent presence of one party in the white house. Therefore, it has been tough for either party to get anything done. Both parties have insisted that they are for the improvement in health care. For example, George Bush and Barack Obama’s both wanted to reduce healthcare costs. Yet Obama still does not have the support of the republicans in the House of Representatives. If the parties would just be able to agree on certain things then the process wouldn’t become so prolonged.
The biggest failure in United States health care reform has been Clinton’s presidency. While his regime did have many ideas on what to do and how to do it, they got caught up in dreaming a little too big. Clinton’s plan was just a little too liberal for the liking for many people. Many supporters were skeptical that his administration would be able to get everything that it proposed done, along with the fact that his plan was more than scary to the regular conservatives. Allowing the first lady, Hillary Clinton, to be in charge also raised red flags for people. There is no doubt that she is qualified to have such a role, however it could lead some people to believe that he does not want to deal with the issues himself. His plan was looking towards the future, however it was too far reaching and made no progress over the course of 8 years.
I think the biggest success in health care reform was the passage of medicare by the Johnson regime. Initially proposed by Kennedy, medicare is giving health insurance to millions of elderly people to this day. It has been running for about 50 years now, and passed into law much smoother than many other healthcare policies. We would all agree that our old age is where we need insurance the most, for that is when our bodies are the most vulnerable, and it is very difficult for people to continue working at an old age, especially if their job requires anything labor inducing.