Ariel Nicole Murphy

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

For a number of years, Californians have been engaged in a battle against the lack of healthcare available in California.  As a heated political issue in the nation as well as in California, national and state politicians along with California residents are continuing to fight back in their search to find a cure for the healthcare issues that are currently continuing to affect the lives of too many Californians, a cure that does, in fact, exist.
The current healthcare system in California is one that lacks a strong support system for Californians who are unable to afford healthcare.  From uninsured Californians and helpless children, to insured Californians who assume the responsibility of paying excess fees to cover the uninsured, the current healthcare system is undoubtedly affecting the residents of California in detrimental ways.  This particular predicament continues to not only contribute to the rise of healthcare issues in California, but additionally our nation’s economic concerns.
In an attempt to solve the current healthcare issues that California continues to face, California’s current healthcare system must first undergo a transformation to ensure that more Californians are insured.  When contemplating the current healthcare system in effect at this time, it becomes clear that unless immediate action is taken now to resolve these issues, not only by the state of California, but also by the federal government, Californians will continue to experience health plights on account of not receiving adequate healthcare.  If we do not act now, when will we ever?
The next step in improving the current healthcare dilemmas that Californians continue to face is to implement the Governor’s healthcare proposal.  The Health Care Security and Cost Reduction Act comprises a number of goals to put an end to California’s healthcare issues.  These goals consist of taking immediate action to secure billions of dollars from the federal government to alleviate the pressure placed on the state to finance Medi-Cal, to ensure the continued inspection of the healthcare reform and the success of its functions, and to fund health programs that will result in a decrease of healthcare problems, including chronic illnesses, that tend to be the major source financing health care on a national level.  By focusing on improving the health of Californians, especially when it concerns infirmity, such as chronic illnesses, this particular reform act will surely result in an increase in robust Californians at large.
A third possible solution to resolving California’s healthcare problems is for employers, the state, and the federal government, to work as one so as to assume the responsibility of funding healthcare coverage.  As residents of California and citizens of the United States, Californians fulfill their duties as residents and citizens of supporting their state and our nation, all while ensuring that they are working toward making meaningful and responsible decision to enhance the economy and our country as a whole.  For this reason, it is only reasonable to provide Californians with the sufficient means to live long, healthy lives with the assistance of these three important entities.
There are unquestionably many actions that can be taken to enhance the healthcare system of California.  One of the first actions that I believe could be taken to ensure a more efficient healthcare system would be to establish more low-cost and free healthcare clinics throughout California.  However, to make these treatment centers the most serviceable to both insured or uninsured residents of California, mandates should be implemented on physicians that would make it part of their responsibility to use their talents to dedicate a specified amount of their time to offer their services at these low-cost and free healthcare clinics. Change is a process.  If we take one step at a time, we will begin to realize just how much the healthcare issue in California has been cured.