Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Pros and Cons

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One of the most controversial topics in the United States in recent years has been the route which should be undertaken in overhauling the healthcare system for the millions of Americans who are currently uninsured. It is important to note that the goal of the Affordable Care Act is to make healthcare affordable; it provides low-cost, government-subsidized insurance options through the State Health Insurance Marketplace (Amadeo 1). Our current president, Barack Obama, made it one of his goals to bring healthcare to all Americans through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. This plan, which has been termed “Obamacare”, has come under scrutiny from many Americans, but has also received a large amount of support in turn for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons include a decrease in insurance discrimination on the basis of health or gender and affordable healthcare coverage for the millions of uninsured. The opposition to this act has cited increased costs and debt accumulation, a reduction in employer healthcare coverage options, as well as a penalization of those already using private healthcare insurance. To begin, one of the common reasons cited in support of Obamacare is a decrease in health and gender-based discrimination by insurance companies. The changes in requiring all Americans to have affordable coverage, as well as changes in how insurers can set premiums, will allow those with medical conditions and disabilities, as well as women who need pregnancy care the ability to have healthcare insurance without having to potentially be denied coverage or forced to pay a much higher than average price (The Pros and Cons of ObamaCare 1). In addition, it provides a host of other benefits for women. Oba... ... middle of paper ... ...re options, and the penalization of millions of Americans who are already on private healthcare plans. Time will reveal whether or not the Affordable Care Act proves a success or a failure. Works Cited Amadeo, Kimberly. "Obamacare Pros and Cons." About.com. N.p., 14 Dec 2013. Web. 14 Apr 2014. Cons.htm>. United States. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Closing the Coverage Gap – Medicare Prescription Drugs are Becoming More Affordable. Web. . "ObamaCare: Pros and Cons of ObamaCare." Obamacare Facts. N.p.. Web. 14 Apr 2014. . "The Pros and Cons of ObamaCare." UPMC. N.p., 6 Nov 2013. Web. 14 Apr 2014. .

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