The Affordable Care Act Is Good For America
For the United States, 2014 is the year of healthcare. You cannot watch the news or read a newspaper and not see something about the touchy subject. Just what is the big deal about giving every citizen health coverage? With this being the greatest nation in the world, wouldn’t it seem logical that its’ people have access to basic essentials such as healthcare? The endless, blindingly obtuse debate has mostly been from politics, not substance. With all the flaws that has come from the roll out of this new law, from the debacle of HealthCare.gov to those who say they lost their coverage because of new coverage requirements, I believe that the ACA is a good thing for this nation.
To understand the current issues that are being argued in Washington, We need to look at the history of healthcare. Before the 1920’s most Americans did not have any form of healthcare. Back in those times most people were treated at their homes. Technology at that time did not afford doctors the knowledge needed to really be that useful so therefore they did not charge much. So with modern advances in medicines doctors started charging more money for their services and started treating people in hospitals to take advantage of new medical breakthroughs’. Of course this was the time of the Great Depression so most families could not afford this new prices that doctors were charging.
Around 1930 Baylor Hospital in Dallas Texas, created a new system to help people pay their bills. This new system ended up being called Blue Cross. As science, medicine, and hospitals grew more and more sophisticated, more people turned to hospitals for care. Then in the late 1930’s Blue Shield insurance was created as a way for doctors to protect their interests and a way to see that they received pay for their services.
With the success of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, other insurers started to enter the healthcare...