- Significant numbers of uninsured and underinsured individuals (i.e., more than 40 million or about 1 out of 7 individuals)
- High expense of health care services in excess of 17% of the GDP (i.e., more than 1 out of 6 dollars spent on healthcare)
- Need for improved quality in healthcare (i.e., continuing medical errors as reported by the Institute of Medicine leading to more than 130,000 deaths per year)
- High rate increases for insurance products limiting the public’s ability to purchase insurance
So Do We Really Need Health Care Reform?
Health care reform in the form of PPACA was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Now more than a year later it is still a significant matter of discussion. The House and the Senate continue to discuss whether or not we need it. Yes this topic has its political sides and strong supporters on both sides, but few seem to get to the real issue, “do we really need it?” Health care reform has been widely discussed for most of the past forty years. Many have feared its coming, others have anxiously awaited it. Now that it is a reality, it continues to dominate much of the discussion.|