There are approximately 47 million residents in the United States living without health insurance, which is about 15 percent of the population. This fact is in spite of widespread agreement across all party lines that all Americans regardless of their ability to pay should have access to quality healthcare. Being uninsured could have serious consequences. Uninsured individuals are less likely to get the appropriate preventive care they need or seek. In some cases this lack of care leads to emergency care when the symptoms or illness is more severe. Education and widening the catchment area for those that fall out of the healthcare insured spectrum is where we should start.

As “baby boomers” become older and enter their senior years, it will be imperative for more families to depend on the availability of quality health care. That being the case long term like the entire health care system drastically needs to be reformed. Long-term care should be based on principles that enhances a patient focused system. The primary goal is get patients timely access to needed quality services, which would have to be support with sufficient financial resources.