Essay about Affordable Care Act: The Answer to Our Prayers

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There are many reasons to question the goodness of Obama’s proposed health care bill. However, by looking at the bill closed-minded, the true potential is never seen. Of course continuing with the current United States health care system is always an option, but without reforming the system, expecting to see higher costs is inevitable. One thing that Americans need to strive for is making health care more affordable, which is the key to making the United States health care system sustainable once again (Mango & Riefberg). Currently, The United States health care system is the world’s largest, but it is also the most expensive. “On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA)” (Gruber 893). This …show more content…
However, under the Affordable Care Act, the states have reduced amounts of freedom when it comes to enacting separate laws of their own, but their “responsibility to carry out new federal laws and policies has been increased” (182). The Affordable Care Act wants to enlist states as regulatory partners so they can help in forcing the main provisions of the reform upon American’s (182). From the national conversation, the focus is turned on the “constitutional structure of government, which deliberately divides the power between the national government and the sovereign states” (184). A conversation which has been tossed back and forth between the national government and the states is the high costs that we are faced with under the current health care system. Even with costs under the current health care system skyrocketing, the system is envied by other countries in several ways. The United States is the world leader in innovation and research of health services (Mango & Riefberg). Another aspect that America has that is enviable is that “health care services and technology are more readily accessible to the insured patients in the United States than anywhere else” (Mango & Riefberg). A Final reason for the envy of the United States health care system is that when medical travelers – those who travel for medical operations or treatments – approximately forty percent travel to the

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