Obama describes his first goal of health reform

Jenny Decker RN's picture

Obama describes his first goal of health care reform. This first goal refers to those who already have healh insurance. It is intended that health care reform will provide security and stability to those with insurance.

The first assurance to the American people is that anyone with health insurance, including Medicaid, Medicare, and the VA will not have to change the doctor that they already have. This has been a concern that many have had across the country.


The second point of the first goal of health care reform includes the impossibility that insurance companies deny pre-existing conditions. It will be against the law. Other elements include not being able to drop coverage or water it down when a covered person becomes sick. There will be no cap allowed on the amount of coverage that a person can receive in a year or for a lifetime. There will also be a limit on the amount of out-of-pocket expenses that the people will be required to pay. Obama states, “ No one should go broke because they get sick.”

As a huge step forward in health care, this reform will require insurance companies to pay for preventive care, such as mammograms, regular checkups, immunizations, and so forth. This will be provided at no extra cost to the covered person.

The President offers these points to describe and explain what he envisions for health care reform. He emphasizes that for the last century, Americans and every single president since Roosevelt has attempted to fix the system in our country. He states that he is not the first president to work on health care, but he is determined to be the last. Health care reform is critical at this point in the history of the United States of America.