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Issues of Health and Health Care Reform

February 26, 2010

Posted by:  Chad M. Gesser

Twitter:  @profgesser

Email: chad.gesser@kctcs.edu

The effort of passing health care reform has been a major source of national interest for several presidential election cycles.  Until recently though, health care reform was an idea without much substance or potential of being realized in the United States.

Health care as a social problem is a very complicated issue.  This is precisely why any effort of passing major health care reform has consistently been blocked.  There are several dimensions of health that have rightfully generated a substantial amount of interest in the United States over the past decade.  The issues surrounding health care are not limited to health care insurance.  They include issues of lifestyle and nutrition (including the high incidence of overweight and obese citizens in the United States), the health care costs for the poor, senior citizens, and the health care costs enacted on the government due to a very unhealthy population.
Certainly a big factor influencing President Obama’s effort of enacting health care reform centers around the number of people not covered by some of health insurance in the United States.
Source:  http://www.census.gov/prod/2009pubs/p60-236.pdf
When we drill down into the uninsured data, the picture begins to take twists and turns.  Below you’ll see how gender and race of children can be a deterrent for having no health care insurance coverage.

Source:  http://www.census.gov/prod/2009pubs/p60-236.pdf
While this data is startling, it’s important to note that the uninsured rate and number for children are the lowest since 1987.

An interesting aspect of the health care reform efforts is the role that social media is playing in the debate.  Go here to view viewer submitted video clips, questions, and politician’s replies regarding health care questions.

Should their be universal health care insurance coverage?  Should there be a sliding scale?  Is health care coverage a right or a privilege?  Should everyone pay into a health care plan, and everyone be able to use that health care plan?  Is the health care coverage problem tied to social class?  Gender?  Race?

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One comment

  1. Very interesting article, am looking forward to reading and learning more on this subject as it will be one of my main subjects when I decide who I’m going to vote for (republican/democrat) in the upcoming elections.



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