Affordable Care Act Socialism

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The Affordable Care Act focuses on providing health insurance to the former ineligible or to the individual who cannot afford health insurance. This program does not provide free healthcare to anyone, but makes healthcare more affordable-hint the name “Affordable Care Act”. The program is not socialized medicine in any way, shape, or form. According to Amanda Marcotte, the program allows the government to control health insurance. Not healthcare. Some citizens have taken the Affordable Care Act and called it “socialism” because they are not educated on what the term means. Socialism is a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government instead of by individuals. The United States already has socialized…show more content…
Henderson, a well known transplant specialist. Dr. Henderson believes medicine in the United States has become a repetitive system of doctors who prescribe patients with similar symptoms generic prescriptions, whether it is surgery or just a medicine, instead of focusing on the individual patient’s needs. He believes the inflation of medical care costs are associated with doctors doing the same thing over and over again. I can personally relate to this because, in February of 2015, I was emitted into the hospital due to excruciating stomach pains. The doctors did not know what was wrong with me, but after I was in the emergency room for over 48 hours, they decided to take out my appendix. Before I went into the surgery, the surgeon reassured me and my parents by saying she has done this surgery hundreds of times, proving an appendectomy is a go-to surgery for stomach pain. The uncertainty of the success of the surgery resolving the problem worried me and my family. Luckily, the surgery did eliminate the preexisting pain. If it had not, however, my parents would have been out thousands of dollars that would go directly to the surgeon’s pockets. Socialized medicine would be able to resolve problems like this one by increasing the quality, safety, and outcomes of each procedure. Dr. Henderson uses the example of Scotland to explain how socialized medicine increased the quality, safety, and outcomes of each procedure. Compared to the United States, Scotland is a lot more advanced medically. The United States can get to Scotland’s level of healthcare by adopting a program of socialized medicine similar to
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