Health Care Flexibility

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Health Care Flexibility
Health care in the United States has been a troubling issue that has drawn policymakers, business leaders, and health experts to search for viable ways to reform a system that has not adequately worked for centuries. Health care costs too much and many Americans go without needed care. Every other advanced nation has a virtual universal access to adequate health care at a much lower cost than the United States. The introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has caused a ripple effect throughout the United States, the intent is to provide adequate health care for every citizen, and however states may elect to opt out on certain provisions within the reform. Health care may vary from state to state due to demographics
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All of the plans offered through the health insurance exchanges are supposed to cover ten essential health benefits. The insurance companies can only vary rates according to age, region, and tobacco use. Medical history and preexisting condition will no longer affect eligibility or prices of individual’s health insurance plans. Each state has the option to design their own exchange they can also decide whether they will expand the eligibility for Medicaid coverage. In two thousand and twelve Medicaid provision was deemed unconstitutional as a result each state is given the choice to participate or not. Twenty-two states are participating in the expansion. Those states that have opted out of the Medicaid expansion will impact the low income population and may affect the overall health of those individuals as they will not be provided adequate health…show more content…
Many other nations have proven that a uniform system is best for all involved. Each state has been given the right to design their own health care system as such, they are also allowed to charge different rates based on age, region, and tobacco use, however they are not allowed to deny anyone with a medical history or pretexting conditions. Based on three provisions respectively gives them the power to have extremely higher rates for those in certain age brackets and in areas that may have severe chronic illness. The United States should provide health care for all of its citizens at a standard rate without prejudice. Allowing each state to design their own exchange as they perceive suitable does not help those who cannot help themselves. This country was founded on the premises that all men are created
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