What Are The Pros And Cons Of Obamacare

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The 1960s brought about immense changes in health care, including the creation of both Medicare, health insurance for citizens 65 and older, as well as Medicaid, health insurance for poor, lower income citizens. Between 1990 and 2000, the cost of health care continued to rise and some states enacted reform laws to expand coverage. Finally, in 2010, Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, which became the healthcare system still in place today. Obamacare made many changes to the law, including making preventative care free, allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26, providing coverage for people with preexisting conditions, requiring employers with 50 or more full time employees to offer health insurance, and expanding…show more content…
It is beneficial for the poor because it makes health insurance more affordable. Programs like Medicaid have expanded, allowing more people to qualify. Also, companies with 50 or more full time employees must offer health insurance, which also helps lower income citizens gain easier access to health insurance. Uninsured Americans also benefit from Obamacare, as they now have access to many different insurance options through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Those who are sick or have preexisting medical conditions benefit from Obamacare as well because now they cannot be denied coverage from insurance companies (“ObamaCare: Pros and Cons of ObamaCare”). Obamacare helps many struggling Americans gain access to health…show more content…
It is unethical to deny someone health insurance because they have a preexisting condition that may be expensive for the insurance company. Also, young adults may not be financially prepared to leave their parents plans at age 21, so changing the age to 26 ensures that these people do not go uninsured. On the other hand, some of the changes brought about by Obamacare are extremely unfair including the expansion of Medicaid. People who live in states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid do not receive the same benefits that those in other states do. Also, businesses are finding ways to cheat the Obamacare system by cutting the hours of employees, so they do not qualify as full time employees anymore. This is unfair to the employees, who need more hours to earn more money. Obamacare has made many ineffective changes to the health care system in America and should be repealed or modified to fix these issues. Resolving the health care issue in America will not happen overnight. Personally, the only thing I can do now is take care of myself and stay healthy. Exercising, eating right, and going to the doctor regularly will help me maintain my good health. This way, I will not directly face the negative effects of Obamacare on the healthcare system.

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