What Are The Pros And Cons Of Obamacare

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In 2010, health care was deemed a right, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was born. The PPACA is sometimes condensed to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and/or also nicknamed Obamacare. Many people know little about Obamacare and how it pertains to both them and the country as a whole. The PPACA is five years old, so what has it done for everyone individually? To understand, the ACA’s background, intentions, economic effects, and controversies should be discussed. It is meaningful to examine the pros and cons of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as its claims to reduce health care spending and to make sensible health care more available to people in America. Firstly, a look at Obamacare’s background.…show more content…
On Obamacarefacts.com, it states that the “goal is to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance, and to reduce the growth in U.S. health care spending.” The website also lists pros like the new benefits of Obamacare which essentially protects against the unjust actions of the for-profit health care industry. Another pro is its claims to stop gender and health status discrimination. The ACA no longer allows insurance companies to deny or overcharge coverage and professes to expand Medicaid as well (Obamacarefacts.com). The bill also requires businesses to give employees insurance coverage. A large plus of Obamacare is that it makes sure all plans cover minimum benefits as well. These minimum benefits that people are covered for are the following: outpatient care, emergency room visits, impatient care, maternity and newborn care, mental health services, prescription medicine, rehab, lab work, preventive services, and pediatric care…show more content…
It is a milestone for the country, brought by President Barack Obama. The revolutionary new PPACA inspires a closer look and explanation of its pros and cons, as well as its stated goals. Manifested in 2010, the ACA was not the first attempt at health care reform. One of the first was the American Association of Labor Legislation. This bill attempted to help workers and low income persons, but failed because of huge sums of non-supporters. Next there was the Committee on the Cost of Medical Care. This group tried to prove a need for health reform but was uncredited by the AMA. Then there was the Wagner-Murray-Dingell Bills, which was a dream of FDR. The goals of these bills included a form of national health care, but they were shut down fourteen times, and never were enacted. After that came Truman’s turn to try but his efforts were futile. The most effective attempt of health care reform, before Obamacare, was in 1965 with Medicare and Medicaid. The ACA accomplishes many things. It gives millions of people more coverage, it secures many essential benefits to every plan, and it stops discrimination of gender and health conditions. The act also requires employers to give employees coverage, helps young adults by extending the age they can stay under their parent’s plan, and fights against the depravities of the revenue focused health

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