Health Care Reform

This is an article that appeared in the New York Times on 17th February 2011. It was written by Jacob S. Hacker and De Torres Carl. The article takes a look at the landmark legislation based upon three defining aspects which are whether the roll out plan of the health care legislation are on schedule, whether the main players are in concordance and whether the reform plan is bearing fruit in terms of acting as a control for costs in health care and improving the coverage of Americans.

Discussion of Health Care Reform in the Article

The article discusses health Care reform particularly the health care legislation of 2010 which is set for its debut in 2010. The article is quite important as it provides information to the public concerning issues that are to affect them in terms of medical cover. The article however gives little information concerning the details over how the plan is to be implemented which makes it not particularly useful to some of the stakeholders such as employers and insurers. The article however gives out the reactions of the majority of the stakeholders in the health care industry which goes a long way in influencing opinion. The article also gives particular details concerning the results to be expected when the legislation is to be implemented which give healthcare players and the general public to make informed decisions.
The article was written by Jacob S. Hacker who is a political science professor at Yale and Carl DeTorres who is a graphic designer. These two authors not being health care professional hence have written the article in a format that is simple so as to be easily understood by the layperson. The disadvantage of writing in this style is that there are different levels of readers out there that may need detailed information so as to make informed decisions or form informed opinions. The article thus deprives such readers of such information and is thus wanting for some of these people. The writers have however to be given credit for writing of the article in a manner which is meant to inform rather than be alarmist. They have striven to be objective in giving the views and effect of both sides of the divide concerning the legislation.

The information provided in this article is relatively accurate those in some instances it is wanting. The authors provide the details of the rollout by giving the exact policies of the government as proposed in the legislation. The article is however faulty concerning the financing of the plan as it is assumed that presidential veto is enough to avoid any plan to block it whereas there are other methods of blocking it such as blocking other key legislation concerning implementation. The article presents a veiled though not far fetched notion that the main players in the health industry have a relationship of mutual gain which is what is influencing their support for the legislation.

The barriers to health care through the bill have accurately been portrayed through the willingness of the government and other players to support the legislation while the public, the republican and the courts are against the bill. Lastly the bilol takes a quite accurate portrayal of the ethical issues of health care in offering insurance cover for preexisting conditions and making stipulations requiring that insurance providers issue refunds if they do not offer a large proportion of their premiums on health care. The article is quite informative and gives information that is particularly useful to the lay person in being informed of the legislation. The article is, however, wanting in offering some details and hence needs to be improved by more research.


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