The biggest challenge as the U.S. has tried to improve our health care system is the strong opposition against it. President Truman believed healthcare was a basic right, and he was the one who shaped the healthcare system. John F. Kennedy came after Truman stating the healthcare is for American seniors medicine insurance should be provided for the elderly. Kennedy appealed to Americans to urge the legislature but met strong opposition from the Medical Association who did not agree with John F. Kennedy. President Johnson continued JFK’s work and formed an alliance with Wilbur Mills-who cut the deal with John F. Kennedy-and passed his bill establishing Medicare and Medicaid. From 1968-1980 Nixon, Ford, and Carter were trying to expand healthcare to low income families and had the idea that healthcare should emphasize keeping people well, not just making people well. Opposition and change in leaders caused the healthcare reform to take 70 years. These factors made it challenging to improve our healthcare system.
The biggest failure is the inability to compromise on the issue. There is so much strong opposition that no change can be made. If legislature could get together and put aside their differences, then we would be able to make some progress. Not only do we have to agree on these changes, but we have to make it accessible to the citizens. Obtaining Medicare or Medicaid should not be difficult. The process should be easy and quick.
One of the successes in healthcare was President Johnson being able to pass his bill and establish Medicare and Medicaid. Another success was the establishment of the Affordable Care Act which expanded healthcare insurance to the poor. Because of this billions were able to access affordable insurance and this saved countless lives.