It cannot be denied that the Health Bill 2010 is ‘good news’ for Americans. However, there are some aspects about it that are a real cause for concern. First of all, there is the cost of the plan. The plan will cost about $940 billion dollars in the first ten years, then a whooping $ 1.2 trillion dollars in the second ten years (Jackson and Nolen 1). This is quite expensive. When clarifying on the bill, White House representative DeParle noted that in the current year, the plan allows youths to be covered by their parents’ insurance up to their 26th birthday (1). The controversial bit is how this can be realized, given that at 26 quite a lot of people already have their own children. More clarification is needed.
The discussion is quite sound as it focuses on the fact that the penalty can be quite tough for the unemployed. It also raises the fact that there are those who have unsteady jobs or are jobless and need to be catered for. However, it argues that the penalty is not defined which is wrong as the penalty is set at 2% tax increase.
A sound response as it focuses on the cost of insurance as well as the penalty. It states the facts and supports them with the statistics for the same. It also points out the fact that the new scheme is almost forced on the citizens since they have to have it by 2014 or be penalized, which is a major con of the bill.
The argument was well planned, introducing the issue giving its facts and then critiquing it. The best thing about the discussion is that it encompasses a comparative analysis between the U.S, Canada and England. This indicates depth of research and sound argument.
This argument focuses on a number of con issues in the bill which is, in my opinion, good. However, there is quite a lot of brevity in the discussion. Focusing on lesser issues and explaining them well could bring out a better analysis.
DeParle, Nancy-Ann. ‘What Happens Next.’ White House, 2012. Web, 31st Aug. 2012, http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/03/23/whats-health-care-bill
Jackson, Jill & Nolen, John. ‘Healthcare Reform Bill Summary: A Look at what’s in the Bill.’ CBSNews, March 23, 2012. Web, 31st Aug. 2012, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20000846-503544/health-care-reform-bill-summary-a-look-at-whats-in-the-bill/