JAMA published an article written by President Barack Obama titled “United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Data and Next Steps.” In this summarized dissertation, President Obama outlines the ways in which the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has succeeded and additional progress that’s needed. What caught my attention the most from this article is the prevalence of political tensions regarding the ACA and our healthcare system. For example, Obama asserts that 19 out of 50 states, as of July 1st this year, have not agreed to broaden their Medicaid programs. Also, he releases that, although his administration succeeded in passing 19 bills in support of aspects of the ACA, it has fought over 60 bills threatening to remove the ACA. The Republican Party has been shown to oppose the ACA is numerous other ways as well. The conflicting views of our nation is a major impediment to advancement of health care in the United States.
President Obama specifically warns our nation to work to improve the ACA along with other aspects of our healthcare system. Donald Trump, supporting the Republican Party, advocates removing Obamacare and all of the progress the law has made since 2010. He attacks the aspects of our healthcare system that the ACA has failed to address, which are increasing premium costs and decreasing quality for patients during medical visits. His problem with the ACA seems to be that it hasn’t done enough, which Obama asserts that further improvements require an incremental approach. Trump simply proposes, for his health care reform, that citizens use Health-Savings Accounts, but HSAs have already been implemented. This and other inconsistencies involved with Trump’s health care reform platform is troublesome, eventually if he becomes president. I believe that Clinton has a more effective approach; she advocates Obama’s work in health care reform and proposes to further health care progress began by President Truman.
Two improvements that need to be made to the U.S health care system are expanding health care insurance to provide for people who can’t afford it, and improving the quality of care. Obama addresses the first of this issues by claiming that citizens may not be aware of the financial benefits involved with the ACA or simply need more financial assistance. The second issue is a direct product of the ACA. Because the ACA promotes more insured Americans, hospitals and clinics receive more patients. The huge increase in number of patients compared to a much slower increase in medical professionals is a problem.