Exploring Current Cultural Conflicts: Health Care Reform in the U.S

What is the conflict?

The main conflict is between the higher income workers/employed and the lower income workers or the unemployed. Some support health care reform, others disagree completely.

The rich and well-off don’t like the idea of health care reform because it increases their taxes. However, the low-income and unemployed are agreeing to the health care bill because it makes sure everyone in the U.S is covered with health care and makes prices for health care cheaper. This causes conflict between many people. The higher income people are concerning that the health care bill will create universal insurance which will reduce the quality of service and become less convenient for themselves. Some people just don’t want to buy health insurance. The health care bill states that it is mandatory for everyone to buy health insurance. Some people would rather spend their money on other things not concerning health care because they rarely have health issues. But then there are those people who think reform is needed. More children and adults from this “group” with severe medical conditions are dying because health care is not affordable to some people. So thats why they support the reform 100%.

What groups are involved?

The unemployed or lower-income citizens, the employed or higher-income citizens, the Democratic Party, and the Republican Party.

Where is the conflict taking place?

All around the United States.

How long has the conflict been going on?

This conflict has been around a long time. It has been around since about 20 years ago. Bill Clinton became president partially because he promised to do something about health care costs and he became president around 20 years ago.

What assumptions are being made about the conflict?   (consider news/media)

The main assumptions being made are from the people who are against health care reform. (e.g. high income workers, employed). They think health care reform is creating more anxiety than joy and that it is the worst thing that could happen to the United States. These assumptions are too soon to be made. The majority of people haven’t understood the health care bill fully. Making these assumptions too soon causes more problems. Once Americans truly understand what is in the bill, opinions may change or they may stay the same.

What bias exists in these assumptions? (consider the source)

The main assumptions are mainly biased against Democrats. One article I used only included Idaho citizens’ comments in their article and Idaho is mainly a Republican state. Lots of the assumptions aren’t supposedly biased towards or against anything though. Many people just make assumptions because they want the best for the United States. The employed citizens are the main people who approve of the assumption that disagrees with reform, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are biased against anyone or anything. But through the majority of  my sources I found that they were mainly biased against Democrats, and disagreed with the health care reform.

What role do cultural values play in the conflict?

People with more money usually want more freedom because they have all this money to spend and want choices for what they want to spend it on. The people who aren’t that rich just want minimum coverage so they don’t have to worry about basic insurance problems their facing with not enough money. Those two “groups” have different lifestyles which changes their cultural values. Because of their differences, it is causing disagreement and complaint which is part of the main conflict.

Republicans are considered more conservative and Democrats are considered the liberal ones. They are two completely different parties and have different cultural values which affects the conflict a lot.

How has this conflict been perpetuated over time?  What influence has the past had on the present? (social institutions, mass media, political institutions, economics)

Well there hasn’t been a health care law that has satisfied everyone. Everyone has different cultural values so it is hard to find one solution that will satisfy everyone. The conflict is still here and has been here for a long time. In the past people were paying a lot money for health insurance in the U.S. There was really no big solution to it and that is why this conflict is here now. Even if  there is a health reform bill that changes paying more into paying less, there will still be conflict.

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