The Affordable Care Act has provided many Americans access to affordable healthcare. The group of newly insured Americans have reported that they have timely access to physicians and healthcare. Previously there was concern that the Affordable Care Act would limit access to physicians based on provider networks. Provider networks have proved less of an issue than previously anticipated partially because many of the previously uninsured Americans were not able to secure a relationship with a set provider or physician group. Some areas of concern that remain are high out of pocket expenses incurred with some marketplace plans.
The United States should move to a system that provides universal health insurance or a system that parallels other universal health care systems. It is obvious that the current U.S. health system is failing and falling behind other countries around the world. Although the 2010 health care reform brought about many positive changes in the health care system, it created other issues. As a majority, Republicans are largely against universal health insurance. They would like to keep a private payer system, because they do not want the government to have any more control over the health care system.
Healthcare is an important access we hold, but an issue is that not everyone can have that access to the healthcare they need. There are many arguments regarding the United States adopting a universal healthcare system. Although the universal system may reduce the quality of care the people receive, there are too many people not able to get any kind of care. Therefore a universal healthcare system would be more beneficial to the citizens of the United States than the limited access of care we have today.
The high cost and low quality of the current system creates the obvious reality that the status quo is failing. The government has tried a free-market and universal approach to the issue, and they have both failed to accurately combat the current problems. A Single payer system may, in fact, increase taxes, but it would help business which, in turn, would help the American economy as a whole. A single payer system is an effective way to completely eradicate the current problems. The issue of climbing premium would no longer be an issue under Single Payer policy, as it effectively circumvents the issues with risk in the health insurance market. Single Payer health care is also much cheaper overall than the currently implemented or any previously implemented system in the United States.The inefficiencies and deprivation of human due to for-profit health care systems must come to an end, and a single payer system must be signed into law because many people have had and will have their lives abused and ruined by the current
For sometime, many US citizens have not had the resources to acquire an adequate health insurance plan. Although faced by many oppositions, the US government has found a solution, The Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare”, is a US healthcare reform law that focuses mainly on providing more Americans with access to an affordable health insurance. The Affordable Care Act is said to expand the affordability, quality, and availability of private and public health insurance through consumer protections, regulations, subsidies, taxes, insurance exchanges, and other reforms. Signed into law by President Obama in March 2010, hence the nickname “Obamacare”, the
46.8 million Americans were reported as uninsured in 2013, which equivocates to one sixth of the population. Those without insurance have revealed that they risk “more problems getting care, are diagnosed at later disease stages, and get less therapeutic care” (National Health Care Disparities Report) and those insured risk losing their insurance. Inadequately covered citizens are often working-class individuals who simply cannot receive insurance due to uncontrollable inconveniences and therefore jeopardize having medical coverage. In these instances, Americans have a chance of being diagnosed with diseases that they had no opportunity to prevent or could not diagnose them at an early stage of the illness. Patients have suffered unnecessarily due to lack of health care, and “18,000 Americans die every year because they don't have health insurance” (PNHP). Health care is essential for Americans despite pre-existing conditions, and a free market insurance program would allow citizens to received the health care that is so desperately needed. A universal health care system is a matter of human rights and would solve America’s problem of one sixth of the population being
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American democracy is, understandably, the most idealized form of government within our country, and for good reason. There are components of democracy that are necessary to a healthily functioning nation, but these are far more widely discussed than the problems with American democracy, which need to be acknowledged so that they might be improved upon. Rather than trying to hide the metaphorical chinks in democracy's armor, we should be striving to fix them. One of the largest problems with democracy in the United States is its current system of healthcare, which not only fails to provide insurance coverage to all Americans, but also provides more privilege to the wealthy, who have access to higher quality healthcare. Implementing universal healthcare would greatly improve American
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As the 2016 Presidential Elections draw near, the topic of much debate is that of healthcare. Some candidates vow for universal healthcare and mandate health insurance for all, while others believe that tax credits and health savings accounts will resolve the current crisis. Consequently, the nation has been divided on which plan to support and move forward with. Some fear universal health care will diminish the quality of care and lead to long waits, while others fear that health savings accounts and tax credits won’t be enough to insure all and will do little to diminish the administrative costs of the current system. Ultimately because healthcare is a basic right that should be guaranteed
“Healthcare Reform 101,” written by Rick Panning (2014), is a wonderful article that describes, in an easy-to-understand language, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 23, 2010. The main goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was to provide affordable, quality healthcare to Americans while simultaneously reducing some of the country’s economic problems. Two areas will be covered throughout this paper. The first section will include a summary of the major points and highlights of Panning’s (2014) article, including an introduction to the ACA, goals of the signed legislation, provided coverage, and downfalls of the current healthcare system. The second part will be comprised of a professional
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