Healthcare has been a controversial topic throughout the past decade. There has been the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the fallout with landmark Supreme Court cases. There has been much conservation over the government’s place in healthcare and the talk of creating a government run, single payer system.
Many U.S. citizens have seen healthcare premiums rise over the years, the expansion of medicare and medicare. Generally, Democrats have been supportive of greater intervention in the healthcare field, some even supporting a single payer system. There was significant Democratic support for the Affordable Care Act which setup a government run exchange with subsidies for those making under $34,000 as an individual. Many critics of this plan believe that this will lead to higher premiums and greater dependence on the government for access to healthcare.
Republicans have typically been against greater government intervention in the business of healthcare, supporting deregulation and tort reform. There have been Republican proposals to undo healthcare mandates, creating a more market-oriented approach to Medicare and Medicaid to decrease costs. Many critics of Republican proposals have been focused on deregulation. Many opponents believe that deregulation will lead to greater monopolies and less patient-centered care. There has also been criticism that the poor and elderly wouldn’t be taken care of through market approaches.
Single-Payer Health Care
Proponents have been supportive of greater intervention in the healthcare field, some even supporting a single payer system. Proponents have supported the Affordable Care Act which setup a government run exchange with subsidies for those making under $34,000 as an individual. They believe that market run healthcare will leave out the most vulnerable from getting the best care possible. They believe that imposing regulations on healthcare companies will help serve the poor and sickly better.
Opponents believe that healthcare regulations/interventions negatively effect the poor and sickly. They point to failures within medicaid to effectively treat the poor since they have so few options for doctors. They believe that market based care is the best option, that it will drive down costs and provide more affordable options to the poor and sickly.
Proponents to government involvement in women’s health care want to expand access, requiring insurance companies to cover all forms of FDA approved contraception, as well as requiring insurers to cover abortions. Many states are beginning to enact laws that will provide state funds to Planned Parenthood if the organization loses federal funding.
Many opponents of government involvement in healthcare believe that Medicaid should stop funding Planned Parenthood and other women’s health clinics, which provides reproductive health services, cancer screenings, and birth control for women. They also want health insurance to stop covering some forms of birth control and contraception.