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Obamacare: A New Health Care Plan for America

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As of 2014 we are presented with a new health care plan for America. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, was brought up by President Obama in 2010 and was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012. Obamacare’s goal is to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance, and to reduce the growth in health care spending in the U.S. The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. According to information released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, under the law, a new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health. The ACA expands the affordability, quality, and availability of private and public health insurance; consequently, while it does offer these benefits, there are critics that suggest Obamacare’s potential negative impact on future doctors is rising. Right now public insurance plans have been set up in the states to cover some people with preexisting conditions. Insurers are required to cover some adult children up to age 26 on their parents’ policies. Health insurance plans provide 100% coverage for preventative services. However, in 2014, insurance companies will be required to price and sell policies to everyone regardless of health status. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, millions will receive federal subsidies to help them afford insurance that is purchased independently. States will have the option of expanding their Medicaid programs to include all individuals earning less than 133% of the federal poverty level. Contrary to the states belief, Aimee Picchi, author of MSN Money, released an article that claims states turning... ... middle of paper ... ... at Vegas Event." The Daily Caller. Neil Patel, 30 Mar. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. “Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.” National Conference of State Legislatures. June 2011. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. Picchi, Aimee. "13 States Rebelling against Obamacare." MSNMoney. Microsoft, 16 July 2013. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. Prep, Veritas. "Weigh Obamacare’s Pros, Cons for Medical Students." US News. U.S.News & World Report, 3 Dec. 2012. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. Richardson, Valerie. "Medical Students’ Prognosis Unclear with ‘Obamacare’; Many Don’t Understand Law." Washington Times. The Washington Times, 11 June 2013. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. United States. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/Health-Insurance-Market-Reforms/Patients-Bill-of-Rights.html
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