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No Turning Back - A look at the 100 year history to reform USA HealthCare
Hello Community, I find this article intremely interesting.
This writer's article shows the history of our government
elected official trying to establish meaningful health coverage
for all USA citizens. Every attempt was met with opposition
either from companies,groups, or You
Many gave on trying to make a change or other events would
intervene to prevent any meaningful change.
Now, history appears to be repeating itself.
A President who is determined to make a change, a lasting
change to our healthcare system.
Major socio/economic/political events happening that
could deter a meaningful change again.
We are waiting for the Supreme Court ruling on the
President Obama's health care reform. Yea or Nay
No one knows how that vote will go.
Here is what I know.
You can not "put the genie back in the bottle" and may not
President Obama's health care proposal has the health care
industry making adjustment to its policies regardless to
how the vote come in.
United Healthcare is already changing it policies to align
with many of the proposed Health Reform law requirements.
9 million people will benefit from that change.
I suspect other healthcare companies will follow ( or possibly lose
2012 is proving to be a year filled with "high drama".
I am stay tuned for further developments.
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US health care reform efforts through history
By CONNIE CASS Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on President Barack Obama's health
care overhaul law comes after a century of debate over what role the government should play
in helping people in the United States afford medical care. A look at the issue through the
1912: Former President Theodore Roosevelt champions national health insurance as he
unsuccessfully tries to ride his progressive Bull Moose Party back to the White House.
1929: Baylor Hospital in Texas originates group health insurance. Dallas teachers pay 50
cents a month to cover up to 21 days of hospital care per year.
1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt favors creating national health insurance amid the
Great Depression but decides to push for Social Security first.
1942: Roosevelt establishes wage and price controls during World War II. Businesses can't
attract workers with higher pay so they compete through added benefits, including health
insurance, which grows into a workplace perk.
1945: President Harry Truman calls on Congress to create a national insurance program for
those who pay voluntary fees. The American Medical Association denounces the idea as
"socialized medicine" and it goes nowhere.
1960: John F. Kennedy makes health care a major campaign issue but as president can't get a
plan for the elderly through Congress.
1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson's legendary arm-twisting and a Congress dominated by his
fellow Democrats lead to creation of two landmark government health programs: Medicare for
the elderly and Medicaid for the poor.
1974: President Richard Nixon wants to require employers to cover their workers and create
federal subsidies to help everyone else buy private insurance. The Watergate scandal
1976: President Jimmy Carter pushes a mandatory national health plan, but economic
recession helps push it aside.
1986: President Ronald Reagan signs COBRA, a requirement that employers let former workers
stay on the company health plan for 18 months after leaving a job, with workers bearing the
1988: Congress expands Medicare by adding a prescription drug benefit and catastrophic care
coverage. It doesn't last long. Barraged by protests from older Americans upset about
paying a tax to finance the additional coverage, Congress repeals the law the next year.
1993: President Bill Clinton puts first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in charge of developing
what becomes a 1,300-page plan for universal coverage. It requires businesses to cover
their workers and mandates that everyone have health insurance. The plan meets Republican
opposition, divides Democrats and comes under a firestorm of lobbying from businesses and
the health care industry. It dies in the Senate.
1997: Clinton signs bipartisan legislation creating a state-federal program to provide
coverage for millions of children in families of modest means whose incomes are too high to
qualify for Medicaid.
2003: President George W. Bush persuades Congress to add prescription drug coverage to
Medicare in a major expansion of the program for older people.
2008: Hillary Rodham Clinton promotes a sweeping health care plan in her bid for the
Democratic presidential nomination. She loses to Obama, who has a less comprehensive plan.
2009: Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress spend an intense year ironing out
legislation to require most companies to cover their workers; mandate that everyone have
coverage or pay a fine; require insurance companies to accept all comers, regardless of any
pre-existing conditions; and assist people who can't afford insurance.
2010: With no Republican support, Congress passes the measure, designed to extend health
care coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people. Republican opponents scorned the
law as "Obamacare."
2012: On a campaign tour in the Midwest, Obama himself embraces the term "Obamacare" and
says the law shows "I do care."
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