The Problems and Predicaments of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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According to Vishal Persaud of NBC Washington, the average price of health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is $328. At first glance this may seem like a fair price, but is this actually the most affordable option? Can everybody get this option? The fact of the matter is that this is not actually the best option for United States citizens. The act forces many Americans to lose their current insurance, meaning many citizens paying small amounts of money for insurance will actually have to pay more because of the act; also, the act will force government dependency, reducing the freedom that America was once known for. Also, there is an issue of where money will actually come from to fund this bill. Along with this, the healthcare received will be of lower quality than before and many healthcare providers will need to change and will need to take pay cuts due to regulations within the law;this could lead to a diminishing health work field with many practices shutting down leading to less and less options for recipients.
Many Americans who already had health insurance will lose their current plans and be forced into two options: sign up for the PPACA, or pay more monthly to stay with their current providers. In "Can You Really Keep Your Health Plan? The Limits of Grandfathering Under the Affordable Care Act”, Elizabeth Leonard explains that the grandfathering rule does not apply to many citizens. This is a serious flaw considering that early on President Barrack Obama had promised the country that if they wanted to keep their plan then they could. Not only was this false but it also caused a major problem for many Americans. The act was supposed to help the citizens without any insurance but now it is ac...

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... on. Having to keep up with inflation and the constant spending involved in a practice may prove to be too difficult. Many practices will need to either combine and cut back on expenses, or shut down entirely. This, like mentioned before, would also lead to less options for citizens to choose from when receiving medical attention. This whole diminishing medical field is enough alone to prove that this form of universal healthcare is not an ideal option for the United States.
In the end, the PPACA proves to hurt the healthcare industry rather than improve it. It will cause many Americans to lose their insurance and become dependant on the government, as well as diminishes the doctor to patient experience and lowers the salaries of many doctors. There are many ways to go about helping the industry but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not one of them.

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