The History of Healthcare Reform in the United States Tags: healthcare history reform united states law

Healthcare is a hot topic, especially now that Trump has been elected president and heís stated that he wants to make some big changes to the way people get their health insurance. But in order to understand current health law and policy, you need to look at what happened in the past. Below is a short summary of the history of healthcare reform in the United States.

If you think that you would like to make a change to healthcare and peopleís ability to access it, continue reading to learn more, and consider getting your masters in health law to start work in the field.

President Truman

President Truman was the first president to attempt to reform healthcare during the post-war era of the US. President Roosevelt, who was Trumanís predecessor, didnít really address accessibility to healthcare, so Truman proposed a new idea that would provide universal health coverage. It would have been administered by, and also paid for by, the National Health Insurance Board. Opponents to this idea included the American Medical Association, which didnít want socialized medicine to be in place. The bill didnít make it through Congress, but Truman tried again in 1948. However, the Korean War prevented him from passing any changes.

President Kennedy

President Kennedyís administration was in support of the King-Anderson bill, which stated that health insurance would be provided only to individuals who were 65 years of age and older, and it would come as part of the benefits package received through Social Security. This ultimately set the foundation for what would become Medicare, but the bill itself was opposed by the American Medical Association and was eventually defeated. †

President Johnson

President Johnson wanted extensive reforms as part of his Great Society plan. Even though he was opposed by the American Medical Association, he was able to get legislation passed that would establish both Medicare and Medicaid.

President Carter

President Jimmy Carter was serious about getting universal health coverage implemented so that everyone in the country would benefit. However, because of various economic problems, including a recession, his ideas never got much attention, and there wasnít much support for them either.

President Reagan

President Reagan wanted to curb excessive borrowing and spending by the government, so there werenít going to be any government administered healthcare programs. Instead, new laws were implemented that were focused upon reducing spending on healthcare while boosting efficiency. He changed Medicare reimbursement methods and implemented anti-fraud protocols. He also ended up expanding Medicare benefits through the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988.

President George H.W. Bush to the Present

Under President Bush, the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 was repealed because of widespread disappointment in it. He wanted to instead reduce federal spending related to healthcare, as well as reduce abuse and fraud within Medicaid and Medicare. †

President Clinton and President George W. Bush were unable to make any big changes to healthcare law, but during President Obamaís term, the Affordable Care Act, which brought many changes into effect, was passed.

Today, with Donald Trump getting ready to take office as the next president, everyone is wondering what new changes will come for those who need healthcare in America.

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