What I found to be most surprising for me in President Obama’s JAMA article was the drastic change in the % of individuals without health insurance after the ACA took effect. The percentage dropped from around 14% down to 9%, which is a considerable change. This was surprising for me because I never knew the actual percentage of Americans who still lived without health insurance.
Looking at this upcoming election we have two very different candidates and two very different sets of health care policies. Although I am not entirely politically educated, I have a general understanding of what each candidate has proposed for their health care system. What worries me the most out of both plans comes from Trumps plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I think that his decision to repeal this is simply a decision made along party lines, and doesn’t necessarily weigh in the consequences of doing so. I do believe that there are many inherent flaws of the ACA, but I think that by repealing the ACA it would defeat many years of work. Considering our history with health care reform and all of the massive struggles we have had with it for decades, I find it unlikely that if the ACA were repealed, that a new reform would quickly follow.
Two improvements that I think would beneficial to the healthcare system would be lowering the cost of healthcare so that even the lowest earning families can afford it, and increasing the penalty in the individual mandate so that more Americans will have to have health insurance. In an ideal world, prices would need to be at a point where the difference in the penalties of not having insurance and the cost of having insurance are not so glaringly different that it makes paying the penalty seem ideal.