¶ … Affordable Care Act
Since its enactment in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has transformed the way in which healthcare is provided in America. With its primary aim being to address "long-standing challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system related to access, affordability, and quality of care," the ACA has increased healthcare coverage for more Americans by mandating that health insurance be purchased and that insurance providers not discriminate against applicants (Obama, 2016). When considering the ACA, however, it is important to realize that this piece of healthcare legislation is far more impactful on the lives of Americans than simply in a healthcare context: in fact, the ACA affects lawmakers at both state and federal levels, workers, politicians and voters tasked with electing officials who will either pledge to carry the mantle of the ACA -- or repeal and replace it, as President-Elect Donald Trump has pledged to do. This paper will take examine the current progress of the ACA, its future, issues facing it, a state's policies regarding it and two career opportunities the ACA created.
Progress, Future and Issues Regarding the ACA
The current progress of the ACA is evident in the statistics associated with its aims: as Obama (2016) indicates, uninsured rates have decreased by 43% to below 10% of Americans in the 5 years that...
Accessibility has also improved for nonelderly adults, fewer bills have been sent to collections as a result of the expansion of Medicaid, and the percentage Americans reporting better health has risen by more than 3 points (Obama, 2016). Legal reforms have been adopted: for example, "30% of traditional Medicare payments [are] now flowing through alternative payment models like bundled payments or accountable care organizations" (Obama, 2016).
The future of the ACA, however, is uncertain -- as President-Elect Donald Trump has pledged to dismantle it by repealing and replacing. Whether any aspects of the law are retained, such as the ability of at-risk patients to find affordable coverage, remains to be seen. For now, the ACA's future is unclear. Goals and objectives that remain currently are for it to expand health insurance marketplaces by making marketplaces more competitive so that insurance is more affordable, and continue to reform the delivery system (Obama, 2016).
Issues facing the ACA currently are that while fewer are now uninsured, premiums and deductibles have risen over the years as insurance companies have taken on more risk without the projected number of young, healthy persons buying into the system. In other words, the penalty for not purchasing health insurance has not served as an adequate deterrent and insurance…
Branches When it comes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, all three branches of the United States government play their own role when it comes to this enacted legislation. Beyond that, the idea of federalism and federal supremacy clearly come into play given that the states are largely at the mercy and whim of what the federal government mandates. Even with that, the individual parts of the government
Critics of the ACA highlight several concerns, however, with the way that the law affects their businesses. For the 10,000 or so employers over 50 people who do not offer insurance, the cost per worker increases immediately. For companies just under 50 employees, this cost could even result in delayed expansion -- though arguably if their numbers are that tight they probably shouldn't expand anyway. That said, some surveys indicate
Affordable Care Act (ACA) On March 2010, the U.S. Congress passed the Patient Affordable Care Act (ACA), a portion of legislation intended to redesign the nation's healthcare framework and amplify health protection to a huge number of uninsured Americans. The law incorporates various provisions that endeavor to achieve this objective. It creates access to healthcare insurance coverage through shifting premiums to be based on an individual's health condition and barring persons
Affordable Care Act Legal Studies 101 Commerce Clause and the Affordable Care Act The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 was signed into law on March 23, 2010 and a number of provisions have already gone into effect and still others are scheduled to be implemented over the next four years (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation sec. 2). Probably the most controversial provision is the requirement that Americans who chose not to purchase
Affordable Healthcare Act (ObamaCare) The main objective of the federal government is to offer an affordable healthcare services and products to the citizens. Health is one of the development indicators in relation to the condition of the economy. In the process of enhancing the healthcare services within the United States, the government and the congress sought to adopt and implement an effective healthcare plan towards the achievement of the societal goals.
Obamacare good for the economy? The issue must be looked at from three points-of-view, One the development that goes on in the health care and how the policy ahs affected the health care industry and particularly various sections of the society, secondly the economic changes and developments that have come about in the medical care industry, and the burden and changes in the nations economy as a whole and whether