Morality and ethics
The struggle towards decent
health care in the United States
This is a big topic!
It has many moral, ethical, religious aspects.
We had not devoted any resources to cover this topic prior to the time that the "Obamacare" health care reform bill was passed by Congress in late 2010-MAR. But with the passage of bill and its signing into law on 2010-MAR-24, this topic has become of major importance.
On 2012-JUN-28, the U.S. Supreme Court found the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to be constitutional by the usual 5 to 4 vote. Justice Roberts sided with the moderate/liberal wing of the court; Justice Kennedy sided with the strict constructionists.
During 2017-MAR, at the time of the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, President Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and many Republicans attempted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with their own American Health Care Act (AHCA). Public support for the new bill was under 20% and the Republicans in the House were unable to scrape up enough votes to pass the bill. Every Democrat was prepared to vote against the AHCA.
The bill was later extensively modified and very narrowly passed by the House in spite of every Democrat voting against the bill. As of 2017-MAY it was in the Senate where failed to be approved.
During late 2017-SEP, still another attempt was made to repeal Obamacare and pass a replacement bill. The Senate is under pressure to pass the bill by the end of September. On OCT-01, the Senate would require 60 votes in favor in order to pass it. This is hopelessly unreachable. An article by NPR titled: "Latest GOP Effort To Replace Obamacare Could End Health Care For Millions," says it all!
Items discussed in this section:
A book about health care in the U.S.:
Elisabeth Rosenthal, "An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back," Penguin Press, (2017). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. This book is ranked #19 among the millions of books sold by Amazon.com, and is the top seller among books on health care delivery, social policy and health. Available in Kindle, Hardcover, and Paperback formats at prices ranging from U.S.$14.62 to $19.16 with the Kindle format the cheapest.
More books that you can safely buy on this topic, online:
Originally posted: 2010-MAR-22
Latest update: 2017-SEP-21
Author: B.A. Robinson