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Delivering Health Care in America Name: Institution: Delivering Health Care in America What is socialized health insurance (SHI)? Socialized health insurance entails a system of meeting health costs where employers and employees are required by the government to contribute a set amount of money towards the health insurance fund (Niles, 2016). The government also contributes some money towards the health insurance fund. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010 in the United States of America was intended to ensure universal health coverage (Shi & Singh, 2014). Despite the U.S. government devoting a significant proportion of its budget to the health care sector, the sector still performed poorly in comparison to the health care sectors of other developed nations. Consequently, the U.S. government not only required persons residing in the U.S. to have health insurance coverage, but also required employers with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance coverage to the employees (Niles, 2016). Unemployed persons are catered for through Medicare and Medicaid programs. While Medicare provides health insurance coverage to poor persons above the age of 65, Medicaid provides health insurance coverage to persons whose household income is below a certain level (Niles, 2016). A socialized health insurance system leads to a pool of funds from the public and private sectors which leads to a reduction in the overall health care costs (Shi & Singh, 2014). The U.S. government encourages employers to provide health insurance coverage to employees by providing tax credits to employers who participate in the program. Unemployed persons are compelled to obtain

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