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Health Care Reforms, Current and Projected Future Reforms and their Benefits for Families

  • By: Paul N. Van de Water
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Health care reform encompasses federal and state government efforts to expand the scope of health insurance coverage, slow the growth of health care costs, and improve the quality of health care. Reform aims to enhance both the health security and economic well-being of families and also the health of individual family members and the population as a whole. In the United States, major health reform legislation was enacted in March 2010.

History

The enactment of health reform under President Barack Obama follows decades of unsuccessful efforts to achieve near-universal health insurance coverage. Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman made repeated attempts to secure enactment of a national health plan. Although John Kennedy did not succeed in obtaining hospital coverage for seniors, Lyndon Johnson picked up the torch and ...

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