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Healthcare Reform 1

Healthcare Reform: Moving Closer to a Solution

English 102-940

Professor Marilyn
December 1, 2007

December 1, 2007

Professor Marilyn Sahiba

Department of English and Critical Studies

Parkland College

Champaign, IL 61821

Dear Professor Sahiba,

I am pleased to present to you my final research paper on Health Care Reform: Moving Closer To A Solution, the topic for which was approved by you on November 8, 2007.

I acquired most of my research material from the Parkland College Library, and internet sources found through the search engine, Google. There was a wealth of information available to use in order for me to write a convincing paper on the reasons for the need for health care reform and why universal coverage is an important goal for our country.

My research in this topic has educated me about the state of health care today and I hope to convey to my readers a need for action to move towards a system that provides health insurance coverage to all.

Sincerely yours,

Laurie J. DiLorenzo

Enc. Library Research Report

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Letter of Transmittal…………………………….i

Table of Contents……………………………….ii

Abstract…………………………………………iii

Outline…………………………………………..iv

Research Paper………………………………….1-10

Works Cited…………………………………….11

Annotated Bibliography………………………...13

Topic Selection Sheet…………………………...14

Healthcare Reform 2

Health care reform is rated as one of the top three concerns Americans want to hear addressed by the presidential candidates. Why has this rocketed to the top of everyone’s list? The answer is simply because more than 47 million Americans are uninsured. This number has grown by 3.5 million over the last ten years. The problems do not stop with the issues surrounding the uninsured. There is also a long list of people who have complaints about coverage or denial of benefits when they are insured. These complaints range from cancellation of policies by the insurance companies, limited benefits for medically necessary treatment, to the lack of physicians and choices. Couple these things with the rising cost of healthcare and we find that we have a crisis on our hands. American families are unable to afford the rising healthcare premiums. More and more employers are cutting health care insurance benefits to their employees. The present health care system in the United States is fragile. Previous attempts by the Clinton administration to overhaul the health care system have failed. The financial constraints are pushing the system to a breaking point. Presidential candidates for the 2008 election are poised to address this growing concern to the nation. A radical change in our health care system is necessary to ensure the health and safety of our nation.

The United States is the only developed nation in the Western world that does not provide healthcare coverage to all of its citizens under a comprehensive national plan. How is it that the richest nation in the world is unable to provide this basic right to every person? The medical care in the United States is second to none, for those that can afford it. For everyone else, it is a game that only the most persistent patients can endure.

“We are the only industrialized country without universal health insurance coverage,” says Sara Collins, Assistant Vice President for the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that provides support for health care research. Collins also goes on to speculate that the United States has a much higher rate of cost growth as compared to France, Germany and Canada. “We spend a much larger percentage of our gross domestic product on health care costs than do other countries where everybody is in the same system. And we actually have much poorer health outcome; we...
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