A Historical Reflection of Cultural Factors Inhibiting American Healthcare Reform Public Deposited

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  • Past healthcare reform has been blinded by the presence of competing philosophies and ideologies that ultimately yielded ineffective compromises or short-terms solutions. With the ever-shifting political and economic landscapes, the future of our nation’s healthcare is in great peril. This paper is a meta-analysis on obstructions to healthcare reform that will give readers a brief overview of current barriers and a short synopsis of why they may exist. Upon analysis of nearly 100 years of history, I decided to focus on the reform efforts of the American Association for Labor Legislation and the efforts of the FDR, Truman, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Clinton and Obama administrations. I uncovered the following major inhibitory motifs throughout each successive attempt at national healthcare reform: resistance from organized medicine, distraction by foreign affairs, economic crises, distraction by domestic affairs and lack of legislative prioritization. The presence of these inhibitory motifs throughout 100 years of history tells us that there will never be an ideal time to pursue healthcare reform. The time to act is now.
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