This report will reflect back on the history of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; its purpose, and the issues the U.S. health care system intends to address. This report will also show the expected effect of the act in terms of cost, quality, access and the provision of services.
The PPAC was proposed in 2009 when President Obama requested to work with congress to devise a health care reform Known as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This act passed through congress in 2010. Than a few months after that the ACA went into law and was to be implemented in steps over the next four years and beyond (Mission, 2013). The purpose of the act is to make health care affordable and accessible to everyone rich or poor healthy or sick. Millions of people have no health insurance and this new law will help to cover a majority of them.
This New Insurance is very assessable and can be applied for on line a very simple procedure. With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act You can pick a plan that suits your needs and/or your income. You can also get it through your place of employment or through the Government (Kaiser, 2013).
Employers with 50 or more employees will now be bound by law to insure their workers and will not be able to turn them down due to existing illnesses. The smaller companies will be encouraged to insure employees and will be offered tax breaks to do so (Kaiser, 2013).
If you cannot afford your companies insurance or you have no employer you will be able to by a plan on your own. If you have no money at all that’s okay too, you will most likely be eligible for Medicaid due to the new Medicaid expansion, well that is if your state opted for it, seems it’s a constitutional right to choose (Understanding obamacare. 2013, Oct 16). If your state opts out things in your state will probably stay the same. Seniors on Medicare will not see much difference although; they can now receive free preventive care and drug discounts.
According to National Review Online it is not as great as it sounds there are many cons of Obama Care we should be aware of such as; The Anti-conscience mandate that goes against religious beliefs and requires these organizations to provide contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees. Some feel it is not right for Government to have control over doctor decisions along with New and higher taxes at least 20 totaling $500 billion, Medicare payment cuts (Turner, 2012).
Federal spending cuts known as sequestration have sliced an additional 2 percent from Medicare reimbursement payments to hospitals this year. Here is an example of how it is affecting us in Missouri. Our Medical centers out in our rule areas that cater mainly to the poor are non-prophet are losing approximately 600,000 dollars a year in federal payments it receives for taking care of these low income families . (Tozzi, 2013).
They claim that expanded coverage under Medicaid was...