The Flaws of Medicare and Medicaid Persuasive Essay by Nicky

The Flaws of Medicare and Medicaid
A discussion on the limitations and controversy surrounding the Medicare and Medicaid healthcare bills.
# 149297 | 1,164 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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The paper traces the development of the 1965 Medicare and Medicaid bills and discusses how they have been subject to much controversy, political issues, and public outcry, mainly as a result of escalating costs and the perception that government and medical establishments are not particularly concerned over serving the needs of the public. The paper specifically points out the unsustainability of limited prescription drug benefits for older Americans, the failure of the law to regulate prices established by drug companies and the fraudulent and underhanded activity plaguing the system. The paper shows how although the system was implemented with the best intentions, the American government has a long way to go towards perfecting it for the true benefit of all.

From the Paper:

"The 1965 Medicare and Medicaid bill was enacted in order to finally silence decades of political controversy surrounding health care coverage, according to Paul S. Boyer (2001). The passage of the Social Security Act in 1935 began the trouble by omitting any health insurance provisions. Although not for lack of trying, it repeatedly failed to establish a comprehensive health insurance plan over the two following decades. As a result, reformers attempted to establish limited plans to address health care for those in most need.
"The 1940s for example saw Congress and President Truman involved in several efforts to provide national health insurance (Noonan, 2009). With Republican support, and also that of Congressman Richard Nixon, a bill was signed in 1947, which was to provide government subsidies for a private nonprofit insurance system. The premiums of this system would be scaled according to an individual's income level. In 1950, President Truman signed legislation that would provide federal grants to state payments for medical care received by the poor. This legislation was one of the forerunners to Medicaid.
"During the early 1950s, according to Noonan (2009), comprehensive health coverage underwent further evolution: it all but vanished from the political agenda. This was mainly the result of employer-sponsored insurance and the conservatism paradigm of the time. However, the issue would not die a quiet death, and later during the decade pressure once again increased to provide some relief effort for the aged, who were often faced with enormous medical bills. Indeed, these bills were among the leading causes of poverty among this sector of society, because the elderly could not purchase medical insurance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boyer, Paul S. (2001). Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Derzon, Robert A. (2005, July 26) The Genesis of HCFA. CMS Reflections.
  • Noonan, Kyle (2009, May 28). Health Reform through History: Part III: Medicare and Medicaid. New America Foundation.

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