Prior to the health care reform that was passed in 2010, the government’s role in health care was limited to A. Medicare and Medicaid. B. universal health care. C. no involvement at all. D....

Prior to the health care reform that was passed in 2010, the government’s role in health care was limited to

A. Medicare and Medicaid.

B. universal health care.

C. no involvement at all.

D. AFDC.

E. none of the above

which is the correct answer? thanks!

Expert Answers
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Of these answers, the best answer is to say that the federal government’s involvement in health care before 2010 was limited to Medicare and Medicaid.  This is not really true as the federal government was involved in many other ways such as regulating various aspects of the industry, but it is the closest to being correct.

Medicare is a federal government entitlement that is mostly concerned with providing health insurance to people over the age of 65.  Medicaid is a program that helps people pay for health care if they have low incomes.  It is run jointly by the national government and the states.

The national government was involved with both of these programs long before 2010.  This means that Option C is wrong.  Option D refers to an old name for a welfare program, not a health care program.  The US has never had universal health care so Option B is not right either.  For these reasons, Option A is the best answer. 

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