United States Senate (USS)
The Issue of Healthcare Reform
The United States is a federal republic where legislative powers are vested in the two chambers of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The United States Senate comprises a hundred Senators representing the fifty states in debates that range from the appointment of judges to approval of treaties.
The issue of healthcare in America is longstanding and has long been a bone of contention between the Democrats and Republicans. The healthcare system itself is dominated by the private sector and sees many individuals lacking affordable health insurance. Prohibitively high healthcare costs have consistently plagued the average American citizen, highlighting the need for immediate and effective healthcare reform.
In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was signed into law, marking the first successful major healthcare reform in decades. However, it was passed only with the votes of Democrats, contributing to an incredibly polarised public discourse surrounding the topic. The Republicans have vowed to repeal and replace the law while the Democrats have called for strengthening its core pillars and transitioning towards universal healthcare. Little headway has been made legislatively ever since, while the American people continue to suffer the consequences.
In this council, delegates can expect engaging debate in discussing the technical aspects of the healthcare system in America whilst representing the well-defined portfolios and positions of their respective Senators. They will walk away with a better understanding of bipartisan negotiations and public policymaking in the health sector.