The Young Democrats of America will fight to ensure that all Americans haveaccess to quality, affordable Health Care.
The Obama administration, Democratic leaders in Congress and Americansthe nation over have chosen the next six months as an important window inwhich we can enact reforming Health Care legislation. As members of thelargest bloc of uninsured Americans, Young Democrats believe quality,affordable Health Care to be a fundamental human right. In ourcommunities and alongside friends, family, coworkers, classmates andneighbors, we will fight to enact farsighted Health Care reform.
A frequent topic of debate during the 2008 General Election, Health Care reform is avery real issue affecting over 40 million Americans. Our goal is to provide first classHealth Care to all Americans at a price they can afford.
Components of “Health Care”
The term Health Care includes all aspects of the Health Careindustry. This includes Health Insurance, both government and private, Hospitals and Clinics,medical technology and doctor patient relations.
Health Care Costs to Government
Almost half of Health Care costs in the US are paid for byFederal, State and Local Governments. Government spending on programs such as Medicare,
Medicaid, CHIP etc. currently account for over 6% of America’s annual Gross Domestic
Product (GDP). By 2040, without reform, Government programs could account for over 15% ofGDP.
Health Care Costs to Families
re Costs are usually included in a worker’s overallcompensation package, alongside salary, sick days etc. A worker’s take home pay will be
lower when health care expenses increase. Between 1996 and 2006, average healthinsurance premiums for a family of four went up 85%, from $6,424 to $11,941. Withoutreform, premiums for the average family will be over $25,000 a year by 2025.