America Needs The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act Essay

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The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is a federal statute that was signed into law by President Barak Obama on March 23, 2010. The PPACA which is commonly referred to as “Obamacare” was endorsed by lawmakers based on the objective of shifting healthcare cost from the employer to the government. The enactment of the PPACA has been viewed as unprecedented by many based on the constitutionality concerns related to healthcare reform. In order to address some of the concerns related to healthcare reform it is important to go back and view the nation’s history. Prior to the nation experiencing globalization and free trade, businesses were designed as employee based models, freely offering health care coverage to their…show more content…
For example, globalization was not a concern when the constitution was written by our forefathers, yet neither was driving a vehicle. However, lawmaker’s enacted laws requiring every individual to wear safety belts while operating a vehicle, as well as every state mandating individual’s carry valid insurance on their vehicles. So, there is really no difference in the government mandating healthcare for every individual. The Justice Department says America's health insurance market and its health care system are so inextricably intertwined that Congress has plenty of room under the commerce clause to regulate them as it sees fit (Pickert, 2011). In other words, no one really disputes Congress's power to regulate interstate commerce, and it's silly to argue that health care--which accounts for 17% of the U.S. economy--doesn't involve interstate commerce (Stengel, 2011), therefore giving the government every right to invoke a healthcare law. From a social justice perspective, quality healthcare is perceived as an innate right of every individual. The problem with this perspective is it is not a universally held sentiment. For example, individuals would argue from an economic standpoint that social justice is a “value” and healthcare is a commodity which drives our nation’s economy, thus presenting
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