America has long been considered the land of opportunity. It is famously known as a nation where people of di? erent races, religions, and various levels of education and salary have the same chances and expectations as others, and are treated equally. The United States is also known for the assistance it lends to the unfortunate through things such as the general welfare program and government hospitals. There is, however, a defect that greatly a? ects millions of lives healthcare. For many years, healthcare in America was mediocre in the minds of numerous people.
The majority of the American population simply could not a? ord the ever-increasing rates of health insurance. As of 2009, nearly *fty- one million Americans did not have health insurance, while another twenty- *ve million were underinsured. This is mainly because the amount people have to pay for health insurance increased thirty percent from 2001 to 2005. In the same period of time, income rates only increased three percent. The number of people who are underinsured has grown sixty percent to twenty- *ve million over the past four years.
For the relatively few individuals who could a? ord it, healthcare was merely adequate. So far, seven presidents have attempted to improve healthcare in America, but theyve each been either sidetracked or could not get the bill passed through the *rst stage. In 2009, when Barack Obama became our forty-fourth president, he resolved to upturn the health-care in the United States. He has been making an e? ort to enable health care to be a? ordable, sustainable, and expand quality health care to every American. The plan helps thirty-two million Americans a? ord healthcare who have previously not had it.
Under the plan, ninety-*ve percent of the population will have health insurance. I believe this plan will be of great advantage to our country by making it a more peaceful and overall happier place to live, though there are many who are against it. Health care reform will eradicate any inequity there is against Americans with past conditions. Additionally, it will reduce the shortage of money in our country by over one hundred billion dollars throughout the next ten years, putting our unstable economy on a more secure path. Personally, I consider that the state of our health care in the United States desperately needs improvement.
Millions of Americans are su? ering under their health insurance plans, and even more because of their lack of health insurance. The rates are too high, the quality is too low, and this places our high-ranking nation in one of the lowest positions around the world for our life expectancy and health. I am *rmly convinced that the new health care reform plan can considerably change our country for the better, and I think you should too. Perhaps health care will soon be another aspect of Americas eminence.