An Optimistic Comparison of British National Healthcare and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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An optimistic comparison of British National Healthcare and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act During the past 5 years we have heard a great deal of rhetoric regarding socialism and healthcare as a result of the passing of the Affordable Care Act, particularly in how ACA compares to socialized medicine in England and the UK. The concerns of the people regarding socialism are important as our country is founded on capitalist principals, and to change those principals requires a complete shift in our thinking. A close look at the systems in question reveals important aspects for consideration; indeed it is important to be aware of the potential future of the ACA. While the English National Healthcare System and the…show more content…
Because the ACA makes use of independent business, it lacks the one thing inherent in all socialist endeavors, a state of complete and total governmental control of the business in question. One of the main points of the ACA is the Health Insurance Exchanges which will allow consumers to compare health insurance options across the state in order to increase competition to improve not only the quality of the insurance, but also to reduce the total cost in order to be more competitive. The only controls set into place by the ACA are solely in order to prevent insurance providers from cherry picking those they will cover based on pre-existing conditions, dropping coverage when the insured no longer is profitable, or capping how much they will cover over the course of the insured’s lifetime. However, it would not take a great deal of change for the system to convert completely to socialism. If, for some reason, the government decided it was needful to take control of more aspects of the functioning and administration of the insurance itself, such as the way the government decided it was needful to control aspects of the Airline industry, then there would be very little that would prevent the system from slipping into a socialistic version where the government would administer the entire system. Whether this would be a bad thing is definitely open to debate as socialized healthcare certainly has not done

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