I think the main thing in Obama’s JAMA article that surprised me was how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had an impact in more areas than just health care costs and the number of people insured. With the ACA, more money has been put towards antifraud efforts, to make sure those that receive Medicare/Medicaid need it. In addition, the number of people that got additional illnesses in the hospital has gone down by 17% in the past four years. This has prevented roughly 87,000 deaths over the past 4 years, which is mind-boggling to me. Also, fewer Medicare patients are being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their discharge, going down from 19.1% to 17.8%. This meant about 565,000 fewer readmissions in the past five years.
I looked at Clinton and Trump’s health care plans side-by-side, and a few things definitely worried me. As a woman, the biggest thing is the fact that Trump wants to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that helps millions of women receive health care. They do so much more than abortions, and he wants to shut them down. As someone who could very well need their services some day, it scares me to think that Planned Parenthood might not be there for me. In addition, Trump opposes abortion, especially late-term abortion. It’s been proven time and time again that legalizing abortions did not increase the amount of abortions women had, but decreased the amount of deaths and illnesses from getting an abortion. I adamantly believe that no one, especially not a man who has never, and will never, have to deal with a pregnancy and everything that goes along with it, has the right to tell me what I can and cannot do with my body. If abortions become illegal, or become harder to access, you can expect the number of complications due to unsafe abortions to increase.
The first thing that I think needs to be improved in the health care system is the cost of health insurance and health care. These costs have not decreased, rather just increased at a slower rate. There are still so many people without insurance, mainly because it is still so expensive. We need to find a way to make these services more affordable. The second thing that I think needs to be improved is the cost of drug prescriptions. There is little regulation on drug costs, which lead to the outrageous price hike of the life-saving epipen. Families should not have to worry about affording drugs and services that are essential to them leading a healthy and happy life