Considering the current status of the U.S. Healthcare System and the ongoing debate for reform, where do you see the U.S. Healthcare system in 5 years? How about 10 years? How does this compare to...
How about 10 years? How does this compare to other developed nations? How does this relate to equity?
Republicans are talking about repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if they get control. I'm not necessarily wildly in favor of ACA, but I'm also not in favor of more endless fighting that accomplishes nothing. I'm really hoping that ACA will work out so that we can start making some progress in this area. It's hard to say where I see us in 5-10 years because I don't have any confidence in the federal government or in my understanding of the issues in question.
Much depends on the political situation over the next five years or so, and obviously we'll know a little more about this after November. I do think that the basic elements of the ACA, whatever one thinks of that legislation, will probably stick. It will be very politically difficult, in particular, to drop the "pre-existing condition" portion of the law. The major reforms, it seems likely, will be to Medicare and Medicaid, for better or for worse.
This question caught my attention, because I have been employed part time and had no health care before. I honestly think that we would be better off if everyone had access to quality health care. If not, the cost of health care is going to skyrocket to the point where it won't even be affordable for the middle class, further crippling our economy.