You know, since the vote I’ve seen arguments for both sides of the health care reform debate. I personally am on the side of smaller government so I’m against the current bill that was voted on Sunday evening. But I wanted to clear something up and this this: Health Care Reform (HCR) is really Health INSURANCE reform.
First off, the United States has some of the best health care (doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc) in the world. People all over the world are told to come here to get their treatments. So when it comes to actual health care, the United States is pretty high up there on the list. Secondly, everyone in this country can be treated for whatever ails them. They can simply go to the emergency room and get treated. The doctors are required, by law, to treat regardless of ability to pay. In fact, in my recent ER experiences (for my son), treatment and payment were handled by two completely different teams at two completely different times.
What Obama is striving for is to ensure that as many Americans have health insurance. The bill eventually will ensure that a large percentage of the currently uninsured will be insured, and the government will help pay for the insurance if someone can’t afford it. So really, what we’re seeing is health insurance reform, not health care reform. I think some of the problem has come from the name the politicians and media have used (“Health Care Reform”) and this has caused lots of confusion.