President Obama’s JAMA article was really interesting. One of the biggest things that surprised me was the amount the uninsured rate dropped, it also surprised me how large the uninsured rate was to begin with. According to the article, the uninsured rate was approximately 43%, it dropped to approximately 16% in 2010, and finally all the way down to approximately 9.1% in 2015. That’s a drop of almost 34%. That is very surprising to me. I knew the Affordable Care Act would have a large impact on the population, but I didn’t realize it was that big. I also never realized that before the Affordable Care Act 43% of our nation was uninsured. I never knew it was so common for people not to have health insurance.
This years election is very important. The candidates are obviously Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton. They have very different plans for the direction of health care. Trump’s main plan is to repeal and replace the Affordable care act. This worries me a lot because of how much the Affordable Care Act has done for the American people. Plus his idea of just replacing it is very unlikely to happen. We’ve already seen how long it takes for something like this to pass. If we were to get rid of the one we have now who knows when the next one would come? On the other hand, Clinton’s plan involves keeping the Affordable Care Act. Her plan doesn’t worry me as much because she’s keeping what is already in place and she’s trying to expand it to make it better.
Two improvements that I believe need to be made to the health care system are, making health care plans affordable for everyone, and making health care plans accepted everywhere. We should make it possible for everyone to have health insurance, whether that means making lower costing plans, or providing help to make plans more affordable. And it shouldn’t matter what plan you have, as long as you have a plan you should be accepted everywhere.