Health-Care Reform: Scope

The issue has dragged on for months, even years if not decades and multiple presidencies. Presidents have come and gone and yet no substantive health-care reform has taken shape. Hillary Care was defeated during Clinton’s time and Obama care is walking a political tightrope in the senate. There have been both legitimate questions and pointless bickering on both sides of the political divide. Regardless of political affiliation, we need to move forward on the issue. Here’s where I think the debate should go.


How much should we try to do?

There are countless problems in the US health-care system. The simple fact that 46million Americans, 1 in 6, don’t have health care coverage is a tell-tale sign of trouble. Republicans have been whining about “doing too much” What does this really mean?
I think it’s the political right’s way of hoping Democrats will give up on key issues and try to get at least ‘something’ passed. Trouble is, Republicans are likely to try and filibuster or vote down every little section for different regions. Also, splitting the reforms into tiny sections would make the bill loose sight of its holistic approach.
Frankly, I fail to see how the problem even exists. Congress and Washington were voted in to ‘think big’, not balk at every obstacle. We want them to think holistically and make tough decisions. Take Roosevelt’s New Deal which consist of 19 pieces of legislation that covers everything. If the entire United States could be covered in only 19 bills, there’s no way health-care can’t, couldn’t or shouldn’t be fitted into one.

If there are controversial elements that should be removed or needs to be excluded in order to garner enough votes, fine. Thankfully, that’s how Politics works. But let’s open that up to debate, not stifle it before you even start considering the issues. Congress needs to think big, put it on the table and let’s consider everything.

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