What was the status on healthcare in the 1970's?I am doing a report on healthcare in the 1970's and would like to know what the diffrence was between then and now?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

According to a recent New York Times article, there was much in way of similarity between the health care challenges in the 1970s and now.  The article suggests that the rising incomes of the wealthy and the gap between those who could afford health care and those who could not was something that began to emerge in the 1970s.  The analysis presented suggests that the issue of those who lack the means to have health insurance is something that we see today is something that owes much of its existence to life the in 1970s, where America saw a growing number of people unable to afford health care coverage.  This resulted in a greater amount of individuals who went without coverage and, essentially, forewent health care.  The concluding note to the article is that the current health care bill is different from the 1970s, where America accepted its health care deficiency and lack of access as simple Status Quo.  The passage of the bill and the intense debate which preceded it marks a distinct difference between the modern setting and the 1970s.