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History Of Healthcare In America #7: Kennedy

During his short presidency prior to his tragic assassination, Kennedy laid out a vision for universal healthcare in American that would influence the ideas and strategies of several presidents that came after him. As shown in this video, Kennedy laid out a relatively radical idea at the time, proposing collaboration between the government and the people to ensure access to healthcare as did almost every other developed nation in the world. In another sense, he laid down the groundwork for the Affordable Care Act that was enacted under Obama.     Healthcare is one of the hottest topics in discussion today. But how exactly did the American healthcare system come to be? What were some of the dynamic modifications and transformations it went through in order to embody its present form?   Rather than looking at it from a purely chronological and historical perspective, let’s analyze the progression of healthcare from a political viewpoint. The politics and policymaking around this topic has been marked by constant debate and controversy. Our presidents have been some of the most vocal advocates on this matter, shaping the course of healthcare over the past several decades.   Thus, in the course of the next several articles, we will be looking at short clips from presidents, both recent and past (yet undoubtedly notable). My hope is to gain a better understanding of the past, present,...

History Of Healthcare In America #6: Nixon

One of the most notable features of the Nixon presidency in terms of healthcare was the development of healthcare maintenance organizations, or HMOs. As shown in this video on the inside conversations in Nixon’s administration that gave rise of HMOs, the end product was minimal care feeding a greater profit for providers, selling the same to the public with the promise superior care.     Healthcare is one of the hottest topics in discussion today. But how exactly did the American healthcare system come to be? What were some of the dynamic modifications and transformations it went through in order to embody its present form?   Rather than looking at it from a purely chronological and historical perspective, let’s analyze the progression of healthcare from a political viewpoint. The politics and policymaking around this topic has been marked by constant debate and controversy. Our presidents have been some of the most vocal advocates on this matter, shaping the course of healthcare over the past several decades.   Thus, in the course of the next several articles, we will be looking at short clips from presidents, both recent and past (yet undoubtedly notable). My hope is to gain a better understanding of the past, present, and hopefully the future of healthcare. Who knows, we might just find the solution that everyone’s been looking for?   6. Nixon   Video: Source...

History Of Healthcare In America #5: Carter

Looking back to the presidency of Jimmy Carter, his views on healthcare and the need for reform provide a quite interesting perspective. Viewing the first 30 seconds of the video below shows us how Carter’s views presented the radical shift in thinking that his approach presented to universal healthcare. While healthcare at the time was likely focused on private healthcare, his viewpoint hints at the developing notion and necessity of healthcare for all. However, one of the biggest challenges was cost and affordability, just as it continues to be a question today.     Healthcare is one of the hottest topics in discussion today. But how exactly did the American healthcare system come to be? What were some of the dynamic modifications and transformations it went through in order to embody its present form?   Rather than looking at it from a purely chronological and historical perspective, let’s analyze the progression of healthcare from a political viewpoint. The politics and policymaking around this topic has been marked by constant debate and controversy. Our presidents have been some of the most vocal advocates on this matter, shaping the course of healthcare over the past several decades.   Thus, in the course of the next several articles, we will be looking at short clips from presidents, both recent and past (yet undoubtedly notable). My hope is to gain a better understanding...

History Of Healthcare In America #4: Reagan

Reagan’s stance on healthcare, as shown in this video, stemmed from an extrapolation of socialist ideology. Basing his claims on the influence of any aspect of socialism on all other aspects of human society, he advocated for a healthcare system that was in the hands of the consumers and the private sector rather than the government. However, could his view have been informed by being embroiled in the cold war at the time in the 1980s? Could the presence of socialism on the other side of the world have shaped the healthcare policies we saw under Reagan?     Healthcare is one of the hottest topics in discussion today. But how exactly did the American healthcare system come to be? What were some of the dynamic modifications and transformations it went through in order to embody its present form?   Rather than looking at it from a purely chronological and historical perspective, let’s analyze the progression of healthcare from a political viewpoint. The politics and policymaking around this topic has been marked by constant debate and controversy. Our presidents have been some of the most vocal advocates on this matter, shaping the course of healthcare over the past several decades.   Thus, in the course of the next several articles, we will be looking at short clips from presidents, both recent and past (yet undoubtedly notable). My hope is...

History Of Healthcare In America #3: Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton has been a strong advocate of healthcare reform. As seen in this video, his state of the union address focused on the dire need for the whole political system, from the legislative to executive branch, to focus on bringing about a healthcare system that is sustainable and reliable. Given the problems and consequences that had begun to arise since the past several years at the time, including increased costs and malpractice, healthcare was a top priority issue.     Healthcare is one of the hottest topics in discussion today. But how exactly did the American healthcare system come to be? What were some of the dynamic modifications and transformations it went through in order to embody its present form?   Rather than looking at it from a purely chronological and historical perspective, let’s analyze the progression of healthcare from a political viewpoint. The politics and policymaking around this topic has been marked by constant debate and controversy. Our presidents have been some of the most vocal advocates on this matter, shaping the course of healthcare over the past several decades.   Thus, in the course of the next several articles, we will be looking at short clips from presidents, both recent and past (yet undoubtedly notable). My hope is to gain a better understanding of the past, present, and hopefully the future of healthcare. Who knows, we...

History Of Healthcare In America #2: George Bush

In comparison to Obama, George Bush presents a healthcare approach in this video that reveals the generally conservative viewpoint that the Republican Party has adhered to in terms of limited aid from the federal government with more responsibility and independence for the consumers. Furthermore, it presents itself as a culmination of the constant battle between two stark sides on the issue of healthcare over the past several decades: federally-sponsored versus privately-driven services.     Healthcare is one of the hottest topics in discussion today. But how exactly did the American healthcare system come to be? What were some of the dynamic modifications and transformations it went through in order to embody its present form?   Rather than looking at it from a purely chronological and historical perspective, let’s analyze the progression of healthcare from a political viewpoint. The politics and policymaking around this topic has been marked by constant debate and controversy. Our presidents have been some of the most vocal advocates on this matter, shaping the course of healthcare over the past several decades.   Thus, in the course of the next several articles, we will be looking at short clips from presidents, both recent and past (yet undoubtedly notable). My hope is to gain a better understanding of the past, present, and hopefully the future of healthcare. Who knows, we might just find the solution that everyone’s...

History Of Healthcare In America #1: Obama

Healthcare is one of the hottest topics in discussion today. But how exactly did the American healthcare system come to be? What were some of the dynamic modifications and transformations it went through in order to embody its present form?   Rather than looking at it from a purely chronological and historical perspective, let’s analyze the progression of healthcare from a political viewpoint. The politics and policymaking around this topic has been marked by constant debate and controversy. Our presidents have been some of the most vocal advocates on this matter, shaping the course of healthcare over the past several decades.   Thus, in the course of the next several articles, we will be looking at short clips from presidents, both recent and past (yet undoubtedly notable). My hope is to gain a better understanding of the past, present, and hopefully the future of healthcare. Who knows, we might just find the solution that everyone’s been looking for.     1. Obama Our current president has probably been one of the strongest figures to influence the current state of the American healthcare system. Despite of inheriting the 2008 financial downturn as one of the primary crises, he nevertheless delivered on fulfilling his campaign promise to ensure affordable healthcare to each and every American. While he has still not achieved the goal in its entirety, his efforts have brought about...