• Matthew Diemer

Where American Healthcare Went Wrong

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Now, I’m going to shed some light on America’s history of government assistance in healthcare. It’s really important to understand the history of America’s healthcare so that we know how we got to our current situation.

Public health institutions only became prevalent in the aftermath of the civil war. Back then it was a simple pay-for-service institution, like paying a mechanic to fix something on your car. In the beginning of the 1900s, there was an initial push for universal healthcare for American workers but it was stopped by, (surprise surprise), insurance companies afraid of losing business.

During his presidency, Franklin Roosevelt established Social Security, the government organization dedicated to dispensing tax-funded benefits to qualified applicants.

In the wake of World War II, the government sought to fight inflation by limiting how much businesses could increase their wages. To incentivize new and existing employees, employers began to offer healthcare as a benefit.

In 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson was finally able to get a healthcare bill through congress, and passed. It was an expansion of Social Security, and laid the foundation for Medicare and Medicaid.

There were additional reforms and policy-changes, but for the most-part government provided and subsidized healthcare remained the same in America until the 2000s.

Obama’s big contribution to healthcare in America was a push at nationalization using the already-present private insurance industry. The affordable care act made it mandatory for all Americans to have health insurance, and provided that insurance companies would not deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, as well as subsidies for anyone making less than 400% of the poverty level.

And then Trump happened.

He worked very hard to dismantle Obamacare and replace it. The current landscape of healthcare in America is very uncertain, but I think there are ways forward that can guarantee good coverage to all Americans for an affordable price.

In the next few days I’ll go into more detail about Obamacare, its shortcomings, and a potential alternative which we will soon need. Before that though, can you make a donation right now? Any amount will make a huge difference, and will help immensely with the coming election.