Affordable Care Act Research Paper

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A Second Look at the Affordable Care Act David E. Mann, ABA American Military University POLS210 Abstract Since the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), twenty-eight states have either filed joint or individual lawsuits to strike down the PPACA. This document will examine a few key elements that the President of the United States must take into consideration when reviewing the act and moving forward to either ratify the act, replace the act, or leave the act as it is. Topics that will be presented will include; the current issues being debated, two competing thoughts on how to fix the ACA, an evaluation of the preferred solution, and finally the responsibility of each level of government. Patient …show more content…

(Chaikind, Copeland, Redhead, & Staman). Supporters of the act contest that the requirement to purchase health insurance is economic in nature because it regulates how an individual participates in the health care market, through insurance or otherwise. The inverse is stated by opponents that Congress cannot have the power to require a private citizen to have insurance and because there is a tax penalty attached to it it is unconstitutional. (Chaikind, Copeland, Redhead, & …show more content…

One being the need for a digitized information system in which the data is used to assess what’s working and what’s not more intelligently. This would allow for there to be an assessment of quality or quantity of treatment. (Health care reform debate in the United States, n.d.). Mayo Clinic President and CEO, Denis Cortese describes the four “pillars” of success in reforming the United States health care system by: Focus on value; Pay for and align incentives with value; Cover everyone; Establish mechanisms for improving the healthcare service delivery system over the long-term, which is the primary means through which value would be improved (Health care reform debate in the United States, n.d.). David Leonhardt of the New York Times describes another assessment in which many ailments are treated differently, however have the same outcome. The point in his article is that different treatments cost different amounts, sometimes very significantly different, yet both get the same result. By doing comparative effectiveness research, patients can get the quality care they deserve but at a much cheaper cost. (Health care reform debate in the United States,

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