PPACA Effectiveness

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law in March of 2010. Assess the effectiveness of the PPACA in the past year both for a person and for the nation, declare an opinion of whether the law is good for the economy or bad for the economy, and finally - from a health policy perspective, suggest if any changes need to be made to the law in the future, what those changes should be, and why. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or, colloquially, Obamacare, is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The comprehensive health care reform law enacted in March 2010. The law was enacted in two parts: The…show more content…
Consider a family who spends $14,000 per year on tuition for a special-needs child. Pre-PPACA, it was possible to pay that amount with pretax dollars through a flex plan. Under PPACA, only $2,500 of the expense can be tax free; the remaining $11,500 must be paid with fully taxed dollars. Some have called this a “special-needs tax.” Entire law should be thrown out if the mandate is found to be unconstitutional (severability). The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 's (PPACA) “individual mandate” is constitutional under Congress ' taxation power. After many months of debate and countless modifications, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was passed by a democratically controlled House and Senate. On March 23, 2010, the President signed the comprehensive reform into law and dozens of lawsuits were filed across the Country contesting the bill’s constitutionality. As of this writing, five lawsuits have been decided by the district courts – three have found the bill to be constitutional; in one lawsuit the judge ruled most of the bill constitutional but found the “individual insurance” mandate in violation of the Commerce Clause; in the last and largest of the suits to be decided the judge found the entire bill to be unconstitutional. In each of the suits the main issue focused on whether the individual insurance

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