Pros And Cons Of The Affordable Care Act

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In the United States, there are more than 45 million people without health insurance. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to provide health care access to all Americans regardless of age, gender or morbidity. The goal of the ACA is to assist people in reducing the financial obstacles currently in place, provide quality care and improve coordination between physicians and patients. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is described as a critical solution in repairing the healthcare system in the United States. The objective of the plan is that all Americans will have access to health care. The ACA instructs that all individuals and businesses will receive some level of health care insurance or receive a penalty. Insurance…show more content…
With an estimated 30 million Americans expected to gain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare work force is feeling the strain. One problem that is already evident is that there is a critical shortage of health care professionals. The ACA breaks the promises of access and quality of care for all Americans by escalating the shortage and increasing the burden and stress on the health care providers. The ACA has attempted to address the shortage of health care professionals but their efforts will not produce results for years due to the training requirements. Another problem that is daunting, is the estimated 190 million hours of paperwork annually imposed on businesses in the health care industry. With the shortage of health care worker’s, patients will continue to feel the ramifications by having to deal with increased wait times, having limited access to providers, and shortened time with caregivers. The burden of patient satisfaction will fall on health care professionals. This will increase stress and instability amongst health care workers and put patient care at risk. In conclusion, there are many positive aspects to the Affordable Care Act. The idea of having every American have insurance is a great goal but the burden that will be placed on the health care community and all populations needs to be addressed. The financial burdens placed on those that are already on a fixed budget will continue to have negative implications for communities around the United States. The Affordable Care Act is not the savior for the United States health care system. There are many problems that still exist that are not addressed in the plan and cannot be pushed under the rug any

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