Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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A power struggle over the defunding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, caused the government to go into a partial shutdown for sixteen days beginning on the first of October two-thousand thirteen. The ACA, Affordable Care Act, was originally signed on March twenty-third of two thousand ten to offer new benefits, rights, and protections regarding health care. President Obama (3/23/10) declared that the ACA reflects “the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their healthcare.” I believe the intentions of ObamaCare is to expand affordable health insurance to all Americans while improving the quality and reducing health care spending in the United States (Hamblin, 4/2/13). However, according to a CBS news poll (10/3/13), about fifty-five percent of Americans disapprove of this new law and, myself included, feel that not all of the pending results of ObamaCare are in their best interest. These negative responses are a primary result of the demands brought forth by the ACA. This new health care act requires all Americans to possess a health insurance policy that meets a long list of mandatory standards by March twenty-third of two-thousand fourteen or a pay a fee of one percent of their total income (Amadeo, 12/13/13). Although there are some exceptions to these demands, they are scarce and very expensive. The Democratic Party appears to favor the plan, claiming that it will save Americans two thousand five hundred dollars per person while offering exceptional new benefits such as revoking health insurance companies right’s to deny a patient or increase charges based on pre-existing conditions, age, or gender (ObamaCare facts, 2013). In opposition to t...

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