The Journal of American Medical Association recently published an article with President Barack Obama as the author. In the Article, President Barack Obama discusses and reflects on his health care laws. Obama points out an interesting fact that since the Affordable Care Act the amount of non-insured people have declined by 43%, from 16.0% in 2010 to 9.1% in 2015. He also goes on to say that elderly men and women have gained access to health insurance through the expansion of Medicaid and this in turn reduced the debt by $600 to $1000. Obama states that there is still work to be done-which is true-and we should increase the competition in the marketplace and provide Medicare where there aren’t as many insurance providers to keep the costs low. Even though there is much debate on whether it was appropriate to let Obama publish his article on a medical journal, I thought it was very interesting and gave regular citizens like me a deeper look into the progress and impact of the Affordable Care Act.
Seventy years later we have seen such a huge amount of progress in Healthcare. What worries me is that if Donald Trump becomes president, he wants to take Obamacare and replace it with a Health Savings Account (HSA). What worries me with Donald Trump’s approach is that since it took us 70 years to progress in Healthcare, taking away Obamacare all together could push the country in the opposite direction. Right now we are still working on Healthcare, but if Donald Trump becomes President then we will be starting from square one. The country would have to start from the beginning and it might take another 70 years to get to where we are today. In my opinion we should keep working with Obamacare and except for repealing it all together, find solutions to the problems it has and improve it.
Two improvements that can be made in the healthcare system is first finding an easier way to access all the information on different insurance companies and finding a plan that fits best and second, find a way to keep people healthy rather than just treating them when sick. First we need to change our mind from seeing healthcare as a business, and looking at it as a basic human right that should be given to anyone. I believe that all political members need to put pride aside and find out the best plan for the good of the people and not their pockets.