History of Health Care in America - US 101

History of Health Care in America – US 101

I am NOT a historian but neither are you so how about we the people learn this stuff together welcome to u.s. 101 Oh health care the thing that many of my friends and at one time myself did not have it's also the thing that your parents have and maybe because of that you're entitled to it and the thing that millions of Americans continue to debate and once again health care is on the forefront of America's mind now that the House of Representatives recently voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare would the American Health Care Act and I'm happy to report that once the House voted to pass the American Health Care Act they they accepted the votes with the grace and dignity that we have come to expect from our federal government [Applause] now the AHCA is not official yet as the bill has to go through the Senate before it can be enacted but this vote through the House of Representatives already has advocates of Obamacare freaking out now I'm not saying that the Affordable Care Act was a perfect system far from it okay insurance premiums were high and there was a tax levied against people who didn't sign up for health care insurance but opponents of the AHCA have also pointed out its flaws saying that anyone that has a pre-existing condition could be denied coverage eight hundred billion dollars are going to be slashed for Medicaid and the wealthiest Americans will receive a tax cut because of this bill and amidst this rigmarole that is the health care debate many people ask time and again why doesn't America the strongest and largest nation on the planet have a universal health care system like the one that they have in Canada or in England or in Australia which usually results in conservatives grabbing the torches and pitchforks and angrily yelling stop talking Bernie Sanders what I want to focus on for today's episode is when did the topic of health care even become a discussion in the United States when did some Americans first decide that going to a hospital seeing a doctor receiving prescribed medicine should be a right and not a privilege for that we have to head back to 1854 and meet the activist Dorothea Dix Dix was one of the first to present a health care proposal to the government she wanted the government to raise asylums for the indigent insane as well as the blind the Deaf and the poor she came really really close the bill actually passed both houses of Congress but was ultimately vetoed by President Franklin Pierce who claimed that social welfare was a state responsibility not a federal one and then later in 1865 at the end of the Civil War the government established what became known as the Freedmen's Bureau which raised hospitals and employed doctors to treat sick and dying former slaves in the south and from 1865 to 1870 the Freedmen's Bureau treated over 1 million former slaves but unfortunately by 1870 hospitals in the south had to start closing due to rising violence from a small group of cowards you may have heard of known as the Ku Klux Klan and it would be another 70 years until the topic of health care became a major talking point in the government in 1933 following the Great Depression millions of Americans couldn't afford medical care so President Franklin D Roosevelt attempted to create publicly funded health care programs but was vehemently opposed by groups like the American Medical Association who claimed that programs like this would be considered compulsory and due to staunch opposition Roosevelt unfortunately had to drop these programs from his New Deal and then later in the 1940s Roosevelt's successor Harry Truman tried to pass the universal health care bill but was again opposed by the American Medical Association who is now using a term that to this day still strikes fear into the heart of many Americans socialized medicine and by invoking socialism the AMA started stirring up fears that America was going to leave behind its capitalist roots and start going the way of a communist regime which we damn well would not do because we sure as heck ain't no Russians we're America goddamn it in fact the excuse of socialized medicine was also the reason that lyndon b johnson couldn't pass a universal health care bill in the 1960 but despite opposition from the AMA and some conservative republicans johnson did manage to pass what became known as Medicare in 1965 and for those either don't know what Medicare is Medicare provides health care coverage to anyone that's over the age of 65 as well as to the blind death and disabled throughout the 70s there were multiple attempts to try to get a universal healthcare bill passed and one of the leading advocates of universal health care was Senator Ted Kennedy Kennedy proposed what was known as the health security act which was a single-payer system that would provide coverage to almost every single American but unfortunately the bill never made it out of Congress and then we jump to the 1990s when Bill and Hillary Clinton attempted a major health care reform by introducing the American Health Security Act in 1993 the plan proposed health care for all Americans via private insurers in a regulated market furthermore employers would be required to provide health care to their employees pay 80% of the premiums and health care plans were required to provide a minimum of benefits but in 1994 following disputes between supporters of the bill and its opponents who claimed that the Ahsa gave more power to the insurers and took away the rights of the patient to choose their own doctor the bill was killed and then most recently we have the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which was signed into law by President Obama in March of 2010 Democrats praised the plan saying that with the passing of the Affordable Care Act more Americans than ever would finally get health care insurance meanwhile Republicans didn't like the plan so much because again the claim of socialized medicine and then something about death panels and a whole lot more oh and it also didn't help that Republican turtle senator Mitch McConnell told many Republicans not to go along with Obama's plan because quote it tended to convey to the public that this is okay they must have figured it out end quote are you kidding me so now that you've gotten your history lesson let me turn it over to you guys man do you think that health care should be a right for all Americans should Americans be guaranteed health care across the board and should the government provide it or are you someone that prefers having the type of health care that lets you decide what kind of health care you get by being able to select your insurance provider I know that this can be a deep and divisive topic among people so can we please keep the discourse in the comments section below civil guys please that is it for this episode of US 101 guys if you want to read more about this topic I've included some links down below in the description box and thanks to all of you that have subscribed to the channel that are sharing the videos that are liking the videos that are commenting on them I sincerely appreciate your guys's a support of the channel and if you're brand new to the channel welcome we talk about history here hopefully you hang out as always guys you can follow us on the Facebook on Twitter on Instagram all those links down below in the description box I want to send a special shout out to my subscriber Beth for supplying today's intro thank you so much bet there was an awesome job and you are the first one to do it well done to you you have set the precedent if you guys want to submit your own intros so that you'll be able to kick-off future episodes of US 101 you can email me your videos you can email them to us history 182 at gmail.com or you can send them to me through Twitter at USA history one oh one and on that note guys thank you so much for watching I will see you next week for another episode of u.s. 101 until then we are all done now before I go you're looking a little you're looking a little pale do me a favor just just turn your head and cough do it again do it again don't know why doctors ever did that just prove that I could call I can call that I can call

19 thoughts on “History of Health Care in America – US 101”

  1. I would have loved to have used this video in my Hc100 class. It is well-done, but the language both stated and implied is more than I can tolerate.

  2. Where can I go to find a non biased introduction to politics and what the heck is going on? I wanna get involved by Idk where to start, and I don't wanna be led toward one side or the other, no tampering! I just wanna know what's what and make up my own mind…..

  3. Your quality is always so damn good! Still don't understand how you're only at 2.2k. I will forever be known as being here before 1k. So glad I stumbled upon this channel.

  4. Health care pretty much works very sustainably here in germany. On the other hand our countries economy is pretty socialistic. Our system is even called "social marketeconomy".

  5. We are guaranteed Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It can be argued that the continuation of life is included in that guarantee

  6. "We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; …" seems to me like Thomas Jefferson felt that the right to live should be given to every American. It doesn't say "we hold these truths to be self evident, except if you can't afford it"

  7. Healthcare should be a right since we are the only developed country that does not have healthcare is a right and besides that Medicare is basically government run medicine socialized medicine for those who don't know. Ha!

  8. In answering your question, I do not believe that health care is a right because I only believe that negative rights (life, liberty, property, contract, etc…aka natural rights) are legitimate in a free and voluntary society. Positive rights like health care, education, housing, etc.. involve coercing a group of people to provide something for someone else. So morally speaking, I do not believe that the government has the right to coerce people into providing any services for anyone else. This does not mean I don't believe that everyone should have health care, but it should be done on a voluntary basis, with contract and/or charitable organizations. Historically, before the rise of governments getting involved in the health care business, there existed a vast array of voluntary organizations that made sure that their patients were taken care of, sometimes for free pro bono.

    Economically speaking, the onerous rules and regulations that govern health care are the primary reason why costs are so high and why there is more dynamism in other sectors like luxury TVs than in so-called "public goods." Governments cannot allocate goods as efficiently as the invisible hand. If we allowed for people to choose their own health care and let the market rationally allocate resources, we would be able to have more choices than we could ever dream of (Hayek's spontaneous order). Remarkably, even in our very hampered market, private health savings plans like Liberty HealthShare are providing cheaper market solutions than the inefficient government can provide. Neither the Republicans or Democrats want this as they both want corporations to gain oligarchic benefits at the expense of us. It's basically cronyism in the health care business rather than true free market capitalism. For evidence of everything I've just described, I'll include all my sources below.


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