The healthcare debate is one of the most intricate issues in the recent history of america, one in which there are many strong opinions from both sides of this incredibly complex issue. The one thing it seems that most people can agree on is that the system we have now is very flawed and must be changed. In the system that is currently in place is unique to our country, much like the american system of measurement we are the only country in the world that uses it. Every other nation on the planet with a healthcare program has free care to any person in that country, where as here in the US ,each individual person has to pay for their own care. The system in place now is not without its faults however, for example insurance companies have been known to turn down coverage to people in need because of a â€œpre-existing conditionâ€ which is often not related to the actual problem.
The bill that just passed into the debate phase in the senate has many new laws which promise to put an end to insurance companies denying coverage to patients, this bill also includes the public option which will give citizens the option of buying a healthcare plan from the government. This public option will directly compete with private insurers. While the public option may not make it into the final bill due to the fierce opposition from certain groups, the proposed laws governing the private insurance companies will almost certainly be made into laws.
While this all may sound like exactly the same plan that President Obama proposed at his speech on healthcare reform a couple months ago there have been a few changes, for example the public option will have very limited coverage of abortion. Now the debate on healthcare has been raging on for centuries and there is still no end in sight, all we can hope for is that the politicians in Washington D.C. will make the right choice for the future of America.