Where is American healthcare going?

There are three words in the English language which will make all Democratic primary voters swoon, and they’re not ‘Let’s impeach Trump.’ Instead, the magic phrase is ‘Medicare for all,’ and this seems a very apt mantra considering the fact that the country’s rate of health-insurance coverage is second-to-last among the richest countries in the OECD. 15.5% of Americans lacked health insurance in 2010, however due to Obamacare, this number was reduced to 8.7% in 2017. 


The share of people lacking in healthcare varies drastically from state to state, as those that chose not to expand Medicaid now have a higher proportion of uninsured people. Having large numbers of illegal immigrants (who are four times as likely to be uninsured than citizens) also affects the number, and one example of this is in Texas, which has a large undocumented population and tight eligibility criteria. Their uninsured rate is at the very high level of 17.3%, compared to Massachusetts at 2.8%. 


Democratic representatives are particularly taking it upon themselves to actively lower uninsured rates, and most Democratic-led states have already expanded their Medicaid programme. The new governor of California, Newson, would like to reinstate the requirement that everyone must have healthcare or else pay a penalty, and this approach could move America closer towards universal coverage. 


Priya V