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A Public Debate on Health Care Reform

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A public debate on health care reform has been ongoing since the 1980's, when the conservative heritage foundation introduced the debate by suggesting a shift in health care policy from single payer health care to individual mandates. The debate was amplified by President Clinton through the health care reform bill of 1993. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 can be seen as the pinnacle of this debate. This legislation aims to improve overall health by expanding health insurance coverage and controlling the cost of health care. While the goal of the legislation is to improve the nation’s health care, the main objective is to make health insurance affordable for all Americans. To achieve this objective the legislation aims at increasing insurance coverage, controlling cost, decreasing medical induced bankruptcies, and reducing hospital bad debts. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was created to achieve the objectives leading to the overall goal. There are many options readily available to Americans which are affordable based on the individual. In order to be able to succeed we have to go to the root of the problem and start from the bottom to the top. The main components of this law deals with reforming health insurance system. In the U.S. health insurance system is controlled by both public and private entities. The law provides mechanisms for regulating private insurance. These regulations address issues of gender discrimination, terminating insurance for
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