George W. Bush - Editorial
President Bush's health care reform proposal: a social work perspective.
Since November 2006, health care reform has assumed center stage (Broder, 2007). Although Iraq was probably the central issue in the elections, health care played a significant role. Politicians from both sides of the political spectrum have advocated solutions to the health care crisis. This article considers President Bush's proposals for reform and their implications for social workers.BACKGROUND More than a decade after the failure of reform efforts in the 1990s, our health care system faces serious problems. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, in 2005, 45.6 million people had no coverage (U.S. Census Bureau, 2006). Although analysts disagree over whether these figures measure the number of people uninsured for an entire year or the number without coverage at the time of the survey, the uninsured population is clearly large and growing (Call, Davern, & Blewett, 2007; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2005). A second problem, closely related to the first, is the cost of health care. Since 1985, real per capita health spending...