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HEALTHCARE POLICY ASSESSMENT
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Healthcare Policy Assessment
Dr. Timothy Smith
Darrin Clanton
PAD 510: Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
January 18, 2019
Healthcare Policy Assessment
Introduction
A presidential administration often works towards the
improvement of the society. This is done through the
implementation of different federal policies which act as
facilitators towards specific objectives. In America, it is
possible to trace specific social challenges that have existed
since time immemorial. The phenomenon has led to different
presidential administrations instituting the same federal policy
as an effort to resolve the social predicament. This has been the
case through the healthcare policies implemented by President
Clinton and Obama (Okpala, 2018). Despite the existence of
similar federal systems, each presidential administration was
faced by different circumstances hence mandating critical
assessment to understand the implementation, impact, and
effectiveness of each healthcare policy.
President Clinton’s Healthcare Proposal
In 1993 President Clinton proposed healthcare reform in
America. The proposed health care reform was subjective as it
had been used as a campaigning tool in previous years. The
occurrence made it urgent for President Clinton to implement
the health care reform to provide universal access to health
care. This would act as a representation of his commitment to
fulfill the promises he made during the campaign period. The
health care proposal in 1993 wanted to address the high cost of
healthcare incurred in America which made the service
inaccessible to many individuals (Plaut & Arons, 2018). Also,
President Clinton intended to reduce the cost incurred by the
government in the provision of healthcare by diversifying the
cost to other stakeholders.
President Clinton's health care reform had essential
requirements such as managing competition among insurance
companies to reduce cost. Also, there was the development of
different health packages to cover the needs of all citizens in
America. In the proposal, President Clinton aspired to enhance
the health services provided by local health institutions. This
would enable citizens to access drug and substance abuse
services in their area (Zelman, 2018). The proposal also
encompassed contributions made by employers to facilitate
health insurance for all employees. It is possible to state that
the proposed health care reform for President Clinton had a
significant impact in America. From a social perspective, most
individuals believed that health care reform would make health
care services accessible across America (Zelman, 2018).
Likewise, there was a conviction that the quality of services
would significantly improve as the government would provide
subsidies to individuals who could not facilitate health
insurance cost.
The health care reform proposed by President Clinton also had a
political impact in America. Most political leaders took the
opportunity in the situation to gather support for personal
aspirations in exchange for providing backing to the president's
ambition. The urgency of the case made the healthcare reform
challenged by many loopholes. This made political leaders
exploit the opportunity to offer better healthcare suggestions
rather than supporting the presidential bid.
The proposal made by President Clinton had a significant
influence on the economy of the country. The reform was
extensive as it involved the restructuring of the healthcare
system in the country hence requiring broad financial support
(Plaut & Arons, 2018). The occurrence led to most of the
country's economic resources being used to facilitate the
modification. As a result, other sectors lacked resources hence
stunting their growth. The health care reform also presented a
financial challenge to different stakeholders such as insurance
companies and employers. As mentioned above, President
Clinton aspired to manage competition in the insurance sector
hence reducing profitability. Also, the proposal that employers
would contribute to the cost of employees’ health insurance
would make most businesses unsustainable.
Obama Healthcare Reform
In 2010 there was the introduction of the Obama health care
reform. This had similar aspirations such as the proposal made
by President Clinton to provide universal healthcare to all
Americans. The origin of the federal policy introduced by
President Obama envisioned reducing the cost of health care
and extending access to health insurance (Ha, 2018). The health
care reform presented by President Obama was averagely urgent
and took an objective approach towards providing as a
sustainable solution for healthcare. This provided adequate time
for extensive research to identify the critical factors (Ha, 2018).
It was determined that government spending on healthcare with
a significant problem as it was not substantial to provide
comprehensive medical care to all individuals in the country.
Implementation of the Obama health care reform as a federal
policy had a significant influence in the nation. From a social
perspective, most individuals had access to healthcare insurance
despite having pre-existing medical conditions (Gruber, 2018).
This was useful to most individuals in a country where terminal
conditions had been on a constant rise. From an economic
perspective, the introduction of the Obama health care reform
pointed towards a sustainable economy where the government
could provide better healthcare to its citizens in addition to
diversifying health insurance (Gruber, 2018). The success of the
Obama healthcare reform was also instrumental in improving
the political atmosphere around the president's administration.
This manifested through additional support from political
leaders to support the presidential aspirations in the future.
Critique and Conclusion
Through evaluation, it is possible to state that President
Clinton's medical reform was ineffective. This was as a result of
an overambitious plan to completely modify the healthcare
system in the country. Likewise, the proposal to manage cost
and obligate businesses to incur the insurance cost for
employees led to significant resistance from different
shareholders. The political urgency of the situation was another
factor that made the healthcare reform unsuccessful as adequate
time was not invested for extensive research.
On the other hand, the medical change instituted by President
Obama was successful as it provided a sustainable way of
covering healthcare cost in the country. The statute allowing
individuals with pre-existing medical conditions to access
insurance was a building block towards making health services
accessible to most individuals. Also, the imposition of taxes to
individuals who did not have healthcare insurance made it
possible to generate additional revenue for healthcare in the
country. This enabled the government to finance medical care
for all citizens effectively.
References
Gruber, D. (2018). Obamacare: Coverage without Cost
Containment. Telehealth and Medicine Today, 2(1), 1-18.
Ha, J. S. (2018). Presidential Healthcare Reform Rhetoric:
Continuity, Change & Contested Values from Truman to
Obama. By Noam Schimmel. London: Palgrave Macmillan,
2016. 313 pp. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 48(3), 633-634.
Okpala, P. (2018). Innovative Leadership Initiatives to Reduce
the Cost of Healthcare. Journal of Healthcare Management,
63(5), 313-321.
Plaut, T., & Arons, B. (2018). President Clinton's proposal for
health care reform: key provisions and issues. NCBI, 45(9),
871-876.
Zelman, W. A. (2018). The Rationale Behind the Clinton Health
Care Reform Plan. health affairs, 13(1), 1-8.

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Running head HEALTHCARE POLICY ASSESSMENT1HEALTHCARE POLICY.docx

  • 1. Running head: HEALTHCARE POLICY ASSESSMENT 1 HEALTHCARE POLICY ASSESSMENT 2 Healthcare Policy Assessment Dr. Timothy Smith Darrin Clanton PAD 510: Introduction to Public Policy Analysis January 18, 2019 Healthcare Policy Assessment Introduction A presidential administration often works towards the improvement of the society. This is done through the implementation of different federal policies which act as facilitators towards specific objectives. In America, it is possible to trace specific social challenges that have existed since time immemorial. The phenomenon has led to different presidential administrations instituting the same federal policy as an effort to resolve the social predicament. This has been the case through the healthcare policies implemented by President Clinton and Obama (Okpala, 2018). Despite the existence of similar federal systems, each presidential administration was faced by different circumstances hence mandating critical assessment to understand the implementation, impact, and effectiveness of each healthcare policy. President Clinton’s Healthcare Proposal
  • 2. In 1993 President Clinton proposed healthcare reform in America. The proposed health care reform was subjective as it had been used as a campaigning tool in previous years. The occurrence made it urgent for President Clinton to implement the health care reform to provide universal access to health care. This would act as a representation of his commitment to fulfill the promises he made during the campaign period. The health care proposal in 1993 wanted to address the high cost of healthcare incurred in America which made the service inaccessible to many individuals (Plaut & Arons, 2018). Also, President Clinton intended to reduce the cost incurred by the government in the provision of healthcare by diversifying the cost to other stakeholders. President Clinton's health care reform had essential requirements such as managing competition among insurance companies to reduce cost. Also, there was the development of different health packages to cover the needs of all citizens in America. In the proposal, President Clinton aspired to enhance the health services provided by local health institutions. This would enable citizens to access drug and substance abuse services in their area (Zelman, 2018). The proposal also encompassed contributions made by employers to facilitate health insurance for all employees. It is possible to state that the proposed health care reform for President Clinton had a significant impact in America. From a social perspective, most individuals believed that health care reform would make health care services accessible across America (Zelman, 2018). Likewise, there was a conviction that the quality of services would significantly improve as the government would provide subsidies to individuals who could not facilitate health insurance cost. The health care reform proposed by President Clinton also had a political impact in America. Most political leaders took the opportunity in the situation to gather support for personal aspirations in exchange for providing backing to the president's
  • 3. ambition. The urgency of the case made the healthcare reform challenged by many loopholes. This made political leaders exploit the opportunity to offer better healthcare suggestions rather than supporting the presidential bid. The proposal made by President Clinton had a significant influence on the economy of the country. The reform was extensive as it involved the restructuring of the healthcare system in the country hence requiring broad financial support (Plaut & Arons, 2018). The occurrence led to most of the country's economic resources being used to facilitate the modification. As a result, other sectors lacked resources hence stunting their growth. The health care reform also presented a financial challenge to different stakeholders such as insurance companies and employers. As mentioned above, President Clinton aspired to manage competition in the insurance sector hence reducing profitability. Also, the proposal that employers would contribute to the cost of employees’ health insurance would make most businesses unsustainable. Obama Healthcare Reform In 2010 there was the introduction of the Obama health care reform. This had similar aspirations such as the proposal made by President Clinton to provide universal healthcare to all Americans. The origin of the federal policy introduced by President Obama envisioned reducing the cost of health care and extending access to health insurance (Ha, 2018). The health care reform presented by President Obama was averagely urgent and took an objective approach towards providing as a sustainable solution for healthcare. This provided adequate time for extensive research to identify the critical factors (Ha, 2018). It was determined that government spending on healthcare with a significant problem as it was not substantial to provide comprehensive medical care to all individuals in the country. Implementation of the Obama health care reform as a federal
  • 4. policy had a significant influence in the nation. From a social perspective, most individuals had access to healthcare insurance despite having pre-existing medical conditions (Gruber, 2018). This was useful to most individuals in a country where terminal conditions had been on a constant rise. From an economic perspective, the introduction of the Obama health care reform pointed towards a sustainable economy where the government could provide better healthcare to its citizens in addition to diversifying health insurance (Gruber, 2018). The success of the Obama healthcare reform was also instrumental in improving the political atmosphere around the president's administration. This manifested through additional support from political leaders to support the presidential aspirations in the future. Critique and Conclusion Through evaluation, it is possible to state that President Clinton's medical reform was ineffective. This was as a result of an overambitious plan to completely modify the healthcare system in the country. Likewise, the proposal to manage cost and obligate businesses to incur the insurance cost for employees led to significant resistance from different shareholders. The political urgency of the situation was another factor that made the healthcare reform unsuccessful as adequate time was not invested for extensive research. On the other hand, the medical change instituted by President Obama was successful as it provided a sustainable way of covering healthcare cost in the country. The statute allowing individuals with pre-existing medical conditions to access insurance was a building block towards making health services accessible to most individuals. Also, the imposition of taxes to individuals who did not have healthcare insurance made it possible to generate additional revenue for healthcare in the country. This enabled the government to finance medical care for all citizens effectively.
  • 5. References Gruber, D. (2018). Obamacare: Coverage without Cost Containment. Telehealth and Medicine Today, 2(1), 1-18. Ha, J. S. (2018). Presidential Healthcare Reform Rhetoric: Continuity, Change & Contested Values from Truman to Obama. By Noam Schimmel. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 313 pp. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 48(3), 633-634. Okpala, P. (2018). Innovative Leadership Initiatives to Reduce the Cost of Healthcare. Journal of Healthcare Management, 63(5), 313-321. Plaut, T., & Arons, B. (2018). President Clinton's proposal for health care reform: key provisions and issues. NCBI, 45(9), 871-876. Zelman, W. A. (2018). The Rationale Behind the Clinton Health Care Reform Plan. health affairs, 13(1), 1-8.