Before Thursday’s class I had already been given a lot of education on a lot of what was presented. I found it interesting that it had been brought up again. My parents always hear my rants on the need and struggle to reform the health care system. I feel as though the biggest struggle that was presented through the videos and the history would be the conflict of opposing ideas. I do not know about all of you, but no matter what you believe there is going to be someone out there that does not agree. I thought there were great ideas from some politicians that were shot down by groups of the opposing political party. I think that is seen a lot with the candidates today. Our generation will be one of the most politically involved, which is nothing bad at all. I hope everyone learned more and that everyone develops their own opinions whether they are the same or not.
I believe that the biggest failure we have in health care reform is our ambition. We Americans can get caught up in what we want and our minds can go a hundred miles per hour with our great ideas. Sometimes there needs to be smaller steps in order to reach a bigger goal. Maybe the opposing party in Congress would be more willing to pass laws that were slower in their progression. Nobody wants to jump right in to health care that is socialized. I would say that the biggest failure would have to be during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Of course there were several other attempts, but a card that guarantees health care to all definitely had a red flag to the Republicans. There was less advocating for how it would be achieved and once it was given to Hillary Clinton the issue died off again. There was a lot of follow through to an end goal due to other issues or the fact that it was no longer the presidents time in office.
Though the struggle for reform has been a long one with many failures, there has been recent success. “Obamacare” or the Affordable Care Act would have to be the biggest success. Yes, a lot of you read this and may believe “how do you believe that?” There are faults in the act, but the fact that it has been published is the biggest success in any reform. The fact that there is any change in the first place is something to be thankful for. Now that it is actually a part of the system now, it can be changed and altered. There isn’t a need to draw up anything from scratch and to continue such a long process once again. I think it’s pretty significant that we are living through this because just as it was said in class, it has been a very long process.