BUSN652 Operational Quality In Healthcare


The Topic: U.S. Healthcare’s Cost Components

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The policy process is traced through two important institutions: FDA and CMS, Presidency or Congress.

o Information about who, what, when and how.


Legislation Regarding Us Health Care Costs

The US Congress is the main legislative body.

It sets the taxation, spends, creates programs, as well as the policies for health care.

The two most powerful members of the US congress are the Republican and Democratic parties.

As the US spends large amounts of its GDP on health care, the taxation and cost components of US healthcare have been a significant issue.

Both sides have used this issue as a way to get in the spotlight and to gain control over the legislative chambers.

Because the cost component is an important issue related to American healthcare, the current party can make use of this issue to strengthen its leadership and implement the right reforms in health care.

Party switching within the houses has been common, with a focus on issues related to taxes and health care (Medpac.gov 2017.

The two major parties have established party committees. They are given specific tasks.

The Senate policy committee, the Party’s House and the Senate party committee do research and advise members on legislative proposals.

To develop US health policies, coordination is required between members of the committee.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation 2017, 2017: All the while, there was always a conflict between Republican and Democratic Party over how to manage the US’s health care cost.

The majority leader in the Senate is the one that declares the parliamentary resolutions. They also make rules for the parliamentary resolutions.

They are the ones who appoint chairs and committee chairs.

They sign the bills, as well as all legislation related to the health care system, including costs and all.

The party leaders decide the approval of task force committees related to health care reforms. Medpac.gov 2017

Recent reports indicate that Donald Trump’s approach to the world will be “America first”, which will change the US’s position.

According to several reports, US used to be considered the superpower with the most economic power and military might.

Trump’s election is a break with the past (Medpac.gov 2017.

Czars used to be special officers who used to support the president.

For their benefit, the Democratic Party has also appointed Czars.

Czars, which are special advisors to President Obama, usually help to determine the policies.

To assist the president in making health reforms, the czars may be appointed from within the White House.

Eleven congressional committees have jurisdiction on health care.

These are the Budget committee (Finance committee), Finance committee (Government affairs committee), and committee on Education, Health, Pension, and Labors (Judiciary Committee).

The influential health legislators from Group 2017 are members of this committee.

These committees are responsible in part for tax reforms and legislation related to Medicare and Medicaid.

The members of a committee can be different. Therefore, it is common for there to be differences in opinions.

All health care reforms must be approved by all members of the committee.

Disputes can usually be settled through the voting system in each jurisdiction.

The US has multijurisdictional cost component issues.

The post-hoc powers that are available to the subcommittees allow them to exercise their power.

Subcommittees can be extended by the committees.

They also have the ability to rename subcommittees or assign jurisdiction.

Each committee has specific powers. It is important to limit each committee’s power, as it could lead to abuse of power, which is one common characteristic of politics (Group 2017).

There are certain impeachment proceedings, and senate trial that regulate the power of the various committees (Vox 2017).

A health care bill alternative to Affordable care act has been a major concern for US congressional committee members (Vox 2017,).

The US congress’s chair holders vote on any proposed law.

They are responsible for introducing the bills.

All committees have the same rights, regardless of their jurisdiction and duties.

There are differences in the Senate and House versions.

According to the Senate proposal, the GOP proposal will replace existing Medicaid by a block-grant. The inflation rate (Group 2017) will be proportional to the amount.

According to the house version, each country will be granted a fixed amount of money each year.

This amount will increase annually at a rate that is linked to inflation (Group 2017).

There are many factors that influence perceptions about the US’s healthcare costs. These include the electoral base, reelection frequency, as well as the composition of the membership of both houses.

There are differences in the selection of committee chairs between the Senate and the House parties.

In the Senate, the chairs are chosen on the basis of seniority. However, in the House, importance is not based on seniority (Group 2017.

Each member of the group will have their own opinions that could cause conflicts (Mgma.com 2017.

Filibuster is an attempt to obstruct the vote on a bill that would affect the US’s health care system.

Cloture can be used for the termination of a filibuster, where the debate can be stopped by a majority vote of two-thirds.


United Health Foundation – Supporting Health and People in Communities.

United Health Foundation – Supporting Health and People in Communities.

Healthcare. Key Congressional Committees.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

[online] Available at http://www.kff.org/ [Accessed November 8, 2017].

United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits and Administrative Rules, United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.