Affordable Healthcare Act And The Impact It Will Have On Our Healthcare System

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Affordable Healthcare Act and the Impact It Will Have On Our Healthcare System
Health Care and the Political Process HC451
Gloria Panhorst
Instructor: Tirizia York
April 20, 2015

Abstract
On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Healthcare Act into law. It had been estimated that 30 million people would sign up for the new healthcare act. As of April 15, 2015 the actual number of people that have signed up is 11,776,046 which is a far cry from what was predicted. Within the healthcare system all across the United States things are changing. How will the Affordable Healthcare Act impact the healthcare system within the United States? This paper will address what the Affordable Healthcare Act is first and then
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The law is complex and has many facets to it that are difficult to understand. What is apparent is that the government enacted the ACA to provide all Americans regardless of their economic status access to affordable health care. According to a lot of people in the United States, while the ACA may provide an avenue for uninsured Americans to obtain health insurance, there is an underlying agenda that the government has in doing so. Perhaps those that believe this have good reason to feel this way because according to heritage.org, the ACA “imposes intru¬sive federal control of the American health insur¬ance and delivery system” (Hoff, 2010). While there will be an exchange system set up in each state the federal government will be in control of these exchange systems. A lot of people feel that this is just another way for the government to control the people. Only time will tell just how much truth there is to their concerns. While, as previously stated, the Affordable Healthcare Act is expected to increase medical coverage to include an additional 30 million people, it has become clear that just because the coverage was expanded does not mean an expansion of actual care. With the enactment of the ACA, congress unleashed what can be called a “tsunami” of newly insured patients, flooding a delivery system that was already stressed and barely hanging on. The
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