On Monday of this week Fox News released a reporting piece on Obama’s plans to funnel more money into the country’s health care system. Reporter Wendell Goler states that at its core it’s the president’s response to the Republicans refusal of his Jobs Bill. The plan funnels money to doctors, community groups and others involved in federal health care with the end goal of creating a larger health care workforce and better access to affordable health care for Americans.
The agency that is appointed to execute this plan was created by the Health Reform Law. Currently, the Supreme Court has agreed that they need to determine the constitutionality of the law. Goler insights that this is probably why the Republicans were opposed to so many of Obama’s proposals. However, the agency is set to look for health care that relies less on trips to the doctors office, expand the role of community centers and pharmacy techs. According to Obama’s medicare administrator, the money that this agency is set to funnel through the proposal will give innovators more of a chance to find new ways to provide this affordable health care to Americans.
As Goler states in the piece, the health care sector added 300,000 jobs in the past year and are projected to add 3.2 million more by the year 2018. At the same time, the United States is experiencing a doctor shortage. The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that by the year 2015 we will be short 63,000 doctors and 103,600 short by 2025. On the bright side, they predicted over the next seven to eight years 32 million more Americans will have health insurance.